who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as
pastors and teachers,
the body of Christ,
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowl
this matter no one should violate the rights of his brother or take advantage of him,
because the Lord is the avenger in all these cases, as we also told you earlier and
warned you solemnly. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Consequ
when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. With faming fire
he will mete out punishment on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel
of our Lord Jesus. They will undergo the penalty of eternal destruction, away from
husbands authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your
husband has had sexual relations with you.
Then the priest will put the woman
under the oath of the curse and will say to her, The LORD make you an attested curse
5 Then the LORD spoke to Moses: Command the Israelites to expel from the camp
every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a
corpse. You must expel both men and women; you must put them outside the camp, so
that they wil
sister if they die, because the separation for his God is on his head. All the days of his
separation he must be holy to the LORD.
Contingencies for Defilement
If anyone dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he
peace offerings: two bulls, five rams, five male goats, and five lambs in their first year.
This was the offering of Elizur son of Shedeur.
On the fifth day Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai, leader of the Simeonites, presented an
This is the law of the Nazirite who vows to the LORD his offering according to his
separation, as well as whatever else he can provide. Thus he must fulfill his vow that he
makes, according to the law of his separation.
The Priestly Benediction
The leaders offered gifts for the dedication of the altar when it was anointed. And the
leaders presented their offering before the altar.
For the LORD said to Moses, They
must present their offering, one leader for each day, for the dedication of t
On the ninth day Abidan son of Gideoni, leader of the Benjaminites, presented an
His offering was one silver platter weighing 130 shekels and one silver
sprinkling bowl weighing 70 shekels, both according to the sanctuary shekel, each of
platter weighed 130 shekels, and each silver sprinkling bowl weighed 70 shekels. All the
silver of the vessels weighed 2,400 shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel.
twelve gold pans full of incense weighed 10 shekels each, according to the sanc
After this, the Levites will go in to do the work of the tent of meeting. So you must
cleanse them and offer them like a wave offering.
For they are entirely given to me
from among the Israelites. I have taken them for myself instead of all who open
tabernacle, the Israelites remained camped without traveling; but when it was taken up,
they traveled on.
At the commandment of the LORD they camped, and at the
commandment of the LORD they traveled on; they kept the instructions of
the LORD according
life together with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just
as you are in fact doing.
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and
preside over you in the Lord and ad
they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, but wrath has
come upon them completely.
Forced Absence from Thessalonica
But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, for a short time (in
presence, not in affection)
merely in words, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you
recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you).
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received the message with
as these are not fitting for the saints. Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk,
or coarse jestingall of which are out of characterbut rather thanksgiving. For you can
be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure,
also does the church,
for we are members of his body. For this reason a man will
leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will
become one flesh.
This mystery is greatbut I am actually speaking with reference
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak
boldly as I ought to speak.
Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known
to you, so that you too may know ab
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill.
The latter do so from love because they know that I am placed here for the defense of
The former proclaim Christ from selfish ambition, not sincer
but emptied himself
by taking on the form of a slave,
by looking like other men,
and by sharing in human nature.
He humbled himself,
by becoming obedient to the point of death
even death on a cross!
As a result God highly exalted him
and gave him th
But for now I have considered it necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. For he is my
brother, coworker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to me in my
Indeed, he greatly missed all of you and was distressed because you heard th
you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the error of your ways.
Nevertheless, let us
live up to the standard that we have already attained.
Be imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and watch carefully those who are living this
way, just as you
For even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion you sent something for my
I do not say this because I am seeking a gift. Rather, I seek the credit that
abounds to your account.
For I have received everything, and I have plenty. I
transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves,
in whom we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins.
The Supremacy of Christ
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,
for all things in heaven and on earth were crea
though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see
your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
Warnings Against the Adoption of False Philosophies
Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, contin
on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ
(who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him. So put to
death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, imp
Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for
us too, that God may open a door for the message so that we may proclaim the mystery
of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may make it known as I sho
Over the company of the tribe of Issacharites was Nathanel son of Zuar,
company of the tribe of the Zebulunites was Elion son of Helon.
and over the
Then the tabernacle
was dismantled, and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set out, carry
It happened that some men who were ceremonially defiled by the dead body of a man
could not keep the Passover on that day, so they came before Moses and before Aaron on
that day. And those men said to him, We are ceremonially defiled by the dead body