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The one who is greedy for gain 1 troubles 2 his household, 3 but whoever hates bribes 4 will live.
Surely oppression 1 can turn a wise person into a fool; 2 likewise, 3 a bribe corrupts 4 the heart. 5
From all your gifts you must offer up every raised offering due 1 the Lord, from all the best of it, and the holiest part of it.’ 2
Every one of you must give as you are able, 1 according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.
But while he was still alive, Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines 1 and sent them off to the east, away from his son Isaac. 2
besides 1 the Sabbaths of the Lord and all your gifts, votive offerings, and freewill offerings which you must give to the Lord.
I myself have chosen 1 your brothers the Levites from among the Israelites. They are given to you as a gift from the Lord, to perform the duties 2 of the tent of meeting.
You ascend on high, 1 you have taken many captives. 2 You receive tribute 3 from 4 men, including even sinful rebels. Indeed the Lord God lives there! 5
I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices 1 – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire 2 – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’ 3
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: If the prince should give a gift to one of his sons as 1 his inheritance, it will belong to his sons, it is their property by inheritance.
But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will be his until the year of liberty; 1 then it will revert to the prince. His inheritance will only remain with his sons.
It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron will bear the iniquity of the holy things, 1 which the Israelites are to sanctify by all their holy gifts; 2 it will always be on his forehead, for their acceptance 3 before the Lord.
But you and your sons with you are responsible for your priestly duties, for everything at the altar and within the curtain. And you must serve. I give you the priesthood as a gift for service; but the unauthorized person who approaches must be put to death.”
Their father gave them many presents, including silver, gold, and other precious items, along with fortified cities in Judah. But he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.
as the time when the Jews gave themselves rest from their enemies – the month when their trouble was turned to happiness and their mourning to a holiday. These were to be days of banqueting, happiness, sending gifts to one another, and providing for the poor.
When you present your sacrifices 1 – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek me, 2 O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek me! 3
“‘As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Each of you go and serve your idols, 1 if you will not listen to me. 2 But my holy name will not be profaned 3 again by your sacrifices 4 and your idols.