35Moses assembled all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:
2 For six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3You shall kindle no fire in all your dwellings on the sabbath day.
4 Moses said to all the congregation of the Israelites: This is the thing that the Lord has commanded: 5Take from among you an offering to the Lord; let whoever is of a generous heart bring the Lords offering: gold, silver, and bronze; 6blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine linen; goats hair, 7tanned rams skins, and fine leather;* acacia wood, 8oil for the light, spices for the anointing-oil and for the fragrant incense, 9and onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece.
10 All who are skilful among you shall come and make all that the Lord has commanded: the tabernacle, 11its tent and its covering, its clasps and its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 12the ark with its poles, the mercy-seat,* and the curtain for the screen; 13the table with its poles and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 14the lampstand also for the light, with its utensils and its lamps, and the oil for the light; 15and the altar of incense, with its poles, and the anointing-oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the entrance, the entrance of the tabernacle; 16the altar of burnt-offering, with its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin with its stand; 17the hangings of the court, its pillars and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court; 18the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court, and their cords; 19the finely worked vestments for ministering in the holy place, the holy vestments for the priest Aaron, and the vestments of his sons, for their service as priests.
20 Then all the congregation of the Israelites withdrew from the presence of Moses. 21And they came, everyone whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and brought the Lords offering to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the sacred vestments. 22So they came, both men and women; all who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earings and signet rings and pendants, all sorts of gold objects, everyone bringing an offering of gold to the Lord. 23And everyone who possessed blue or purple or crimson yarn or fine linen or goats hair or tanned rams skins or fine leather,* brought them. 24Everyone who could make an offering of silver or bronze brought it as the Lords offering; and everyone who possessed acacia wood of any use in the work, brought it. 25All the skilful women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun in blue and purple and crimson yarns and fine linen; 26all the women whose hearts moved them to use their skill spun the goats hair. 27And the leaders brought onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and the breastpiece, 28and spices and oil for the light, and for the anointing-oil, and for the fragrant incense. 29All the Israelite men and women whose hearts made them willing to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done, brought it as a freewill-offering to the Lord.
9 About noon the next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10He became hungry and wanted something to eat; and while it was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11He saw the heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down, being lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12In it were all kinds of four-footed creatures and reptiles and birds of the air. 13Then he heard a voice saying, Get up, Peter; kill and eat. 14But Peter said, By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is profane or unclean. 15The voice said to him again, a second time, What God has made clean, you must not call profane. 16This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven.
17 Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simons house and were standing by the gate. 18They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. 19While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, Look, three* men are searching for you. 20Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them. 21So Peter went down to the men and said, I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming? 22They answered, Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say. 23So Peter* invited them in and gave them lodging.
The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers* from Joppa accompanied him.
11 False witnesses rose up against me;
they charged me with things I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good,
to the desolation of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick I put on sackcloth
and humbled myself with fasting;
14 When my prayer returned empty to my bosom,
it was as though I grieved for my friend or brother;
15 I behaved as one who mourns for his mother,
bowed down and brought very low.
16 But when I stumbled, they gathered in delight;
they gathered together against me;
as if they were strangers I did not know
they tore at me without ceasing.
17 When I fell they mocked me;
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
18 O Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue my soul from their ravages,
and my poor life from the young lions.
19 I will give you thanks in the great congregation;
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
20 Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me,
or those who hate me without a cause
mock me with their glances.
21 For they do not speak of peace,
but invent deceitful schemes against those that are quiet in the land.
22 They opened wide their mouths and derided me, saying
We have seen it with our very eyes.
23 This you have seen, O Lord; do not keep silent;
go not far from me, O Lord.
24 Awake, arise, to my cause,
to my defence, my God and my Lord!
25 Give me justice, O Lord my God,
according to your righteousness;
let them not triumph over me.
26 Let them not say to themselves,
Our hearts desire!
Let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
27 Let all who rejoice at my trouble be put to shame and confusion;
let those who boast against me
be clothed with shame and dishonour.
28 Let those who favour my cause rejoice and be glad;
let them say always,
Great is the Lord, who delights in his servants well-being.
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