Each 1 of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 2 of both their fellow servants 3 and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
Another 1 angel holding 2 a golden censer 3 came and was stationed 4 at the altar. A 5 large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne.
So 1 I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 2 said to me, “Take the scroll 3 and eat it. It 4 will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”
Now 1 the dragon’s 2 tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 3 the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born.
Then 1 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: ‘Blessed are the dead, those who die in the Lord from this moment on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 2 because their deeds will follow them.” 3
And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma 1 and said 2 to himself, 3 “I will never again curse 4 the ground because of humankind, even though 5 the inclination of their minds 6 is evil from childhood on. 7 I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done.
Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? 1 You have done things to me that should not be done!” 2
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he replied, “She is my sister.” 1 He was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” for he thought to himself, 2 “The men of this place will kill me to get 3 Rebekah because she is very beautiful.”
Reuben continued, 1 “Don’t shed blood! Throw him into this cistern that is here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” 2 (Reuben said this 3 so he could rescue Joseph 4 from them 5 and take him back to his father.)
But Jacob 1 replied, “My son will not go down there with you, for his brother is dead and he alone is left. 2 If an accident happens to him on the journey you have to make, then you will bring down my gray hair 3 in sorrow to the grave.” 4
They replied, “The man questioned us 1 thoroughly 2 about ourselves and our family, saying, ‘Is your father still alive? Do you have another brother?’ 3 So we answered him in this way. 4 How could we possibly know 5 that he would say, 6 ‘Bring your brother down’?”
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and take a gift down to the man – a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachios and almonds.
Judah replied, “What can we say 1 to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? 2 God has exposed the sin of your servants! 3 We are now my lord’s slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.”
‘You must make for me an altar made of earth, 1 and you will sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, 2 your sheep and your cattle. In every place 3 where I cause my name to be honored 4 I will come to you and I will bless you.
In all cases of illegal possessions, 1 whether for an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or any kind of lost item, about which someone says ‘This belongs to me,’ 2 the matter of the two of them will come before the judges, 3 and the one whom 4 the judges declare guilty 5 must repay double to his neighbor.
Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, and three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on the next 1 branch, and the same 2 for the six branches extending from the lampstand.
Why 1 should the Egyptians say, 2 ‘For evil 3 he led them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy 4 them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger, and relent 5 of this evil against your people.
If some of the meat of his peace offering sacrifice is ever eaten on the third day it will not be accepted; it will not be accounted to the one who presented it, since it is spoiled, 1 and the person who eats from it will bear his punishment for iniquity. 2