2 I xsaid in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity.1 2 I ysaid of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” 3 I zsearched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on afolly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. 4 I made great works. I bbuilt houses and planted cvineyards for myself. 5 I made myself dgardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had eslaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of fherds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and ggold and the treasure of hkings and iprovinces. I got jsingers, both men and women, and many kconcubines,2 the delight of the sons of man.
9 So I became great and lsurpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my lwisdom remained with me. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart mfound pleasure in all my toil, and this was my nreward for all my toil. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was ovanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing pto be gained under the sun.
48 That very day the Lord spoke to Moses, 49 “Go up uthis mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel for a possession. 50 And die on the mountain which you go up, and be gathered to your people, as vAaron your brother died in Mount Hor and was gathered to his people, 51 wbecause you broke faith with me in the midst of the people of Israel at the waters of Meribah-kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin, and because you did not treat me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel. 52 For xyou shall see the land before you, but you shall not go there, into the land that I am giving to the people of Israel.”
33 This is the blessing with which Moses ythe man of God blessed the people of Israel before his death. 2 He said,
z“The Lord came from Sinai
and dawned from Seir upon us;1
he came afrom the ten thousands of holy ones,
with flaming fire2 at his right hand.
4 when eMoses commanded us a law,
6 h“Let Reuben live, and not die,
With your hands contend7 for him,
8 And iof Levi he said,
kwhom you tested at Massah,
lhe disowned his brothers
For mthey observed your word
10 nThey shall teach Jacob your rules
othey shall put incense before you
and pwhole burnt offerings on your altar.
and qaccept the work of his hands;
12 rOf Benjamin he said,
The High God9 surrounds him all day long,
13 And sof Joseph he said,
t“Blessed by the Lord be his land,
and the abundance of vthe everlasting hills,
16 with the best gifts of the earth and wits fullness
and the favor of xhim who dwells in the bush.
and his horns are the horns of a zwild ox;
with them ahe shall gore the peoples,
bthey are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
c“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
19 They shall call peoples dto their mountain;
there they offer eright sacrifices;
20 And fof Gad he said,
Gad crouches glike a lion;
21 hHe chose the best of the land for himself,
and ihe came with the heads of the people,
22 And jof Dan he said,
k“Dan is a lion's cub
lthat leaps from Bashan.”
23 And mof Naphtali he said,
24 And oof Asher he said,
and let him pdip his foot in oil.
swho rides through the heavens to your help,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.14
29 Happy are you, O Israel! wWho is like you,
a people xsaved by the Lord,
ythe shield of your help,
 33:2 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew them
 33:2 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
 33:3 Septuagint; Hebrew peoples
 33:3 Hebrew your
 33:3 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
 33:5 Hebrew Thus he
 33:7 Probable reading; Hebrew With his hands he contended
 33:8 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint; Masoretic Text lacks Give to Levi
 33:12 Septuagint; Hebrew dwells in safety by him. He
 33:13 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Targum; Hebrew with the dew
 33:17 Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Samaritan; Masoretic Text His firstborn bull
 33:23 Or west
 33:27 Or a dwelling place
 33:27 Revocalization of verse 27 yields He subdues the ancient gods, and shatters the forces of old
 33:28 Hebrew the abode of Jacob was alone
2 oThe scatterer has come up against you.
pMan the ramparts;
dress for battle;1
2 For qthe Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob
and rruined their branches.
shis soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
4 tThe chariots race madly through the streets;
5 He remembers uhis officers;
vthey stumble as they go,
the siege tower2 is set up.
6 wThe river gates are opened;
the palace xmelts away;
her slave girls zlamenting,
8 bNineveh is like a pool
whose waters run away.5
but cnone turns back.
10 dDesolate! Desolation and ruin!
ganguish is in all loins;
hall faces grow pale!
the feeding place of ithe young lions,
where his cubs were, with jnone to disturb?
12 kThe lion tore enough for his cubs
and lstrangled prey for his lionesses;
13 mBehold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and nI will burn your6 chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and othe voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.
3 Woe to pthe bloody city,
qno end to the prey!
2 The crack of the whip, and rrumble of the wheel,
flashing sword and uglittering spear,
vhosts of slain,
4 And all for the countless whorings of the wprostitute,
xgraceful and of deadly charms,
 2:1 Hebrew gird your loins
 2:5 Or the mantelet
 2:7 The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered its mistress is uncertain
 2:7 Or exiled
 2:8 Compare Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
 2:13 Hebrew her
10 uAnd he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 vThe names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, wwho is called Peter, and xAndrew his brother; xJames the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and yMatthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;1 4 Simon the Zealot,2 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 uThese twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of zthe Samaritans, 6 abut go rather to bthe lost sheep of cthe house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, d‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 eHeal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,3 cast out demons. fYou received without paying; give without pay. 9 gAcquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, or two tunics4 or sandals or a staff, for hthe laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, igreet it. 13 And if the house is jworthy, let iyour peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let iyour peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, lshake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, mit will be more bearable on the day of judgment for nthe land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
16 o“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be pwise as serpents and qinnocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for rthey will deliver you over to courts and flog you sin their synagogues, 18 rand you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, tto bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 rWhen uthey deliver you over, vdo not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for wwhat you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 xFor it is not you who speak, but ythe Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 zBrother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 aand you will be hated by all for my name's sake. bBut the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they cpersecute you in one town, dflee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel ebefore the Son of Man comes.
24 f“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant5 above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. gIf they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign6 those of his household.
26 “So have no fear of them, ifor nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on jthe housetops. 28 And kdo not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him lwho can destroy both soul and body in hell.7 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?8 And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But meven the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; nyou are of more value than many sparrows. 32 oSo everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but pwhoever denies me before men, qI also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
34 r“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. sI have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 rFor I have come tto set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 uAnd a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 vWhoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And wwhoever does not take his cross and xfollow me is not worthy of me. 39 yWhoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 z“Whoever receives you receives me, and awhoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 bThe one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. 42 And cwhoever gives one of dthese little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
 10:3 Some manuscripts Lebbaeus, or Lebbaeus called Thaddaeus
 10:4 Greek kananaios, meaning zealot
 10:8 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
 10:10 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
 10:24 Greek bondservant; also verse 25
 10:25 Greek lacks will they malign
 10:28 Greek Gehenna
 10:29 Greek assarion, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)