23 Then Israel came into Egypt;
Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
24 And the Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful;
he made them too many for their adversaries,
25 Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people
and dealt craftily with his servants.
26 Then sent he Moses his servant
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27 He showed his signs through their word
and his wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness and it grew dark;
yet they did not heed his words.
29 He turned their waters into blood
and slew all their fish.
30 Their land swarmed with frogs,
even in their kings chambers.
31 He spoke the word, and there came clouds of flies,
swarms of gnats within all their borders.
32 He gave them hailstones for rain
and flames of lightning in their land.
33 He blasted their vines and their fig trees
and shattered trees across their country.
34 He spoke the word, and the grasshoppers came
and young locusts without number;
35 They ate every plant in their land
and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36 He smote all the firstborn in their land,
the first fruits of all their strength.
37 Then he brought them out with silver and gold;
there was not one among their tribes that stumbled.
38 Egypt was glad at their departing,
for a dread of them had fallen upon them.
39 He spread out a cloud for a covering
and a fire to light up the night.
40 They asked and he brought them quails;
he satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out
and ran in the dry places like a river.
42 For he remembered his holy word
and Abraham, his servant.
43 So he brought forth his people with joy,
his chosen ones with singing.
44 He gave them the lands of the nations
and they took possession of the fruit of their toil,
45 That they might keep his statutes
and faithfully observe his laws.
20 When he has finished atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. 21Then Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and sending it away into the wilderness by means of someone designated for the task.* 22The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a barren region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness.
23 Then Aaron shall enter the tent of meeting, and shall take off the linen vestments that he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there. 24He shall bathe his body in water in a holy place, and put on his vestments; then he shall come out and offer his burnt-offering and the burnt-offering of the people, making atonement for himself and for the people. 25The fat of the sin-offering he shall turn into smoke on the altar. 26The one who sets the goat free for Azazel* shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterwards may come into the camp. 27The bull of the sin-offering and the goat of the sin-offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be taken outside the camp; their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be consumed in fire. 28The one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterwards may come into the camp.
29 This shall be a statute to you for ever: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall deny yourselves,* and shall do no work, neither the citizen nor the alien who resides among you. 30For on this day atonement shall be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins you shall be clean before the Lord. 31It is a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall deny yourselves;* it is a statute for ever. 32The priest who is anointed and consecrated as priest in his fathers place shall make atonement, wearing the linen vestments, the holy vestments. 33He shall make atonement for the sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. 34This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for the people of Israel once in the year for all their sins. And Moses did as the Lord had commanded him.
12 But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* to respect those who labour among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14And we urge you, beloved,* to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets,* 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.
23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound* and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
25 Beloved,* pray for us.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.*
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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