O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend.
But do not panic; don’t be afraid when you hear the first rumor of approaching forces. For rumors will keep coming year by year. Violence will erupt in the land as the leaders fight against each other.
Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
EXODUS CHAPTER THIRTY
1 “Go build an altar of acacia wood
Where you can burn some incense, and make it
Eighteen inches square and thirty‑six inches
High, and make each of its four corners stick
Up like a bullhorn. Cover it with pure
Gold and put a gold edging ’round it. Then
Below the edging on two sides across
From one another, fasten two gold rings
Through which you can put poles to bear the altar.
These poles are also to be made out of
Acacia wood, gold-covered. Put the altar
Before the inside curtain that is for
The sacred tent. The chest with mercy place
Is kept behind that curtain, and I’ll talk
With you there. From now on, when Aaron tends
The lamp each morning and each evening, he
Must burn sweet‑smelling incense to me on
The altar. Burn the proper incense only
Upon the altar; never use it for
Grain sacrifices or for sacrifices
Of animals or for drink offerings.
Once a year Aaron has to purify
The altar, which he does by smearing on
Its corners, four of them, the blood that comes
Out of an animal that’s sacrificed
For sin; this practice must be always followed.
The altar’s sacred, for it’s dedicated
To me.” The LORD told Moses: “Learn how many
Grown men there are in Israel and make
Each one pay me to keep him safe from danger
While you are counting them. Each man who’s older
Than nineteen, whether he is rich or poor,
Has to pay me the same amount of money,
As weighed by the official standards. This
Same money shall be used for upkeep of
The sacred tent, and due to it, I won’t
Forget my people.” God told Moses: “Make
A large bronze bowl and for it, a bronze stand.
Put them between the sacrificial altar
And sacred tent, so that the priests can wash
Their hands and feet before they go inside
The tent or offer up a sacrifice
Upon the altar. Every priest in each
Generation must wash himself this way,
Or else he will die right there.” God told Moses:
“Mix up a gallon of the olive oil
With these expensive spices following:
Twelve pounds of myrrh, six pounds of cinnamon,
Six pounds of cane, and cassia, twelve pounds.
Measure these by official standards. Use
This sacred mixture when you dedicate
The tent and chest, the table with its gear,
The lampstand with its own equipment, and
The incense altar with all its utensils,
The altar for the sacrifices, and
The large bowl with its stand. By dedicating
Them in this way, you will make them so holy
That anyone who even touches these
Things will be holy; and when you ordain
Aaron and his sons as my priests, you sprinkle
Them with some of this oil, and tell the people
Of Israel: ‘This oil has to be used
Each time when you ordain a priest. It’s holy
Because it’s dedicated to the LORD.
Treat it as holy; and don’t ever use
It for your routine purposes or mix
Some for yourselves, and if you do, you will
No more belong to the LORD’s people. Mix
Equal amounts of costly spices: stacte,
Onycha, galbanum, and frankincense,
Then add some salt to make the mixture pure
And holy. Pound some of it into powder
And sprinkle it before the sacred chest,
Where I will meet with you. Be sure to treat
This incense as a holy object. It
Is truly holy, for it’s dedicated
To me, so never make some for yourselves.
For if you ever make some of it for
Use as a perfume, you’ll no more belong to my people.'”