Now in those 1 days, when the disciples were growing in number, 2 a complaint arose on the part of the Greek-speaking Jews 3 against the native Hebraic Jews, 4 because their widows 5 were being overlooked 6 in the daily distribution of food. 7
But regarding the Gentiles who have believed, we have written a letter, having decided 1 that they should avoid 2 meat that has been sacrificed to idols 3 and blood and what has been strangled 4 and sexual immorality.”
It is not the wife who has the rights to her own body, but the husband. In the same way, it is not the husband who has the rights to his own body, but the wife.
Or is he not surely speaking for our benefit? It was written for us, because the one plowing and threshing ought to work in hope of enjoying the harvest.
For indeed he was crucified by reason of weakness, but he lives because of God’s power. For we also are weak in him, but we will live together with him, because of God’s power toward you.
Why then was the law given? 1 It was added 2 because of transgressions, 3 until the arrival of the descendant 4 to whom the promise had been made. It was administered 5 through angels by an intermediary. 6
Even though they have the appearance of wisdom 1 with their self-imposed worship and false humility 2 achieved by an 3 unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. 4
and has a reputation for good works: as one who has raised children, 1 practiced hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, helped those in distress – as one who has exhibited all kinds of good works. 2
I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and his sons from among the Israelites, to do the work for the Israelites in the tent of meeting, and to make atonement for the Israelites, so there will be no plague among the Israelites when the Israelites come near the sanctuary.” 1
“Also in the time when you rejoice, such as 1 on your appointed festivals or 2 at the beginnings of your months, you must blow with your trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings, so that they may 3 become 4 a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”
It was a memorial for the Israelites, that no outsider who is not a descendant of 1 Aaron should approach to burn incense before the Lord, that he might not become like Korah and his company – just as the Lord had spoken by the authority 2 of Moses.
“You must measure 1 from outside the wall of the town on the east 1,000 yards, 2 and on the south side 1,000 yards, and on the west side 1,000 yards, and on the north side 1,000 yards, with the town in the middle. 3 This territory must belong to them as grazing land for the towns.
But the Levites will not have an allotted portion among you, for their inheritance is to serve the Lord. 1 Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their allotted land 2 east of the Jordan which Moses the Lord’s servant assigned them.”
The Levite 1 said to him, “We are traveling from Bethlehem 2 in Judah to the remote region of the Ephraimite hill country. That’s where I’m from. I had business in Bethlehem in Judah, but now I’m heading home. 3 But no one has invited me into their home.