The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away
from you the disgrace of Egypt." And so that place
is called Gilgal to this day.
While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the
passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the
month in the plains of Jericho.
On the day after the passover, on that very day, they
ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and
The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the
land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate
the crops of the land of Canaan that year.
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose
sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my
groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my
strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my
iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions
to the LORD," and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall
not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from
trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it
will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love
surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout
for joy, all you upright in heart.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human
point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a
human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything old has passed away; see, everything has
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
through Christ, and has given us the ministry of
that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to
himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and
entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making
his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of
Christ, be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so
that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near
to listen to him.
And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and
saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with
So he told them this parable:
"There was a man who had two sons.
The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me
the share of the property that will belong to me.' So he
divided his property between them.
A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and
traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered
his property in dissolute living.
When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place
throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens
of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the
He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that
the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.
But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my
father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but
here I am dying of hunger!
I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to
him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and
I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me
like one of your hired hands."'
So he set off and went to his father. But while he was
still far off, his father saw him and was filled with
compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and
Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against
heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be
called your son.'
But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out a
robe--the best one--and put it on him; put a ring on his
finger and sandals on his feet.
And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and
for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was
lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate.
"Now his elder son was in the field; and when he
came and approached the house, he heard music and
He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.
He replied, 'Your brother has come, and your father has
killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe
Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father
came out and began to plead with him.
But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these years
I have been working like a slave for you, and I have
never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given
me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my
But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured
your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted
calf for him!'
Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with
me, and all that is mine is yours.
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this
brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was
lost and has been found.'"