20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
20:1 Then God spoke all
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of slavery;
you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of
anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God,
for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long
in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet
your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey,
or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound
of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and
trembled and stood at a distance,
and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but
do not let God speak to us, or we will die."
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come
only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you
do not sin."
19:1 The heavens are
telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to
the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and
like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the
end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of
the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the
commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of
the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is
But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them
have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
3:4b If anyone else has
reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel,
of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law,
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under
the law, blameless.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss
because of Christ.
More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the
surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I
have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as
rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that
comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God based on faith.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the
sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death,
if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the
goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has
made me his own.
Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this
one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward
to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of
God in Christ Jesus.
21:33 "Listen to
another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put
a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.
When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants
to collect his produce.
But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another,
and stoned another.
Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated
them in the same way.
Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This
is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance."
So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those
They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable
death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him
the produce at the harvest time."
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures:
'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from
you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.
The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it
will crush anyone on whom it falls."
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they
realized that he was speaking about them.
They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because
they regarded him as a prophet.