18 “Judges and officers you are to appoint within all your gates that Adonai your God is giving you, according to your tribes; and they are to judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You are not to twist justice—you must not show partiality or take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and distorts the words of the righteous. 20 Justice, justice you must pursue, so that you may live and possess the land that Adonai your God is giving you. 21 You are not to plant for yourself an Asherah pole of any kind of wood beside the altar of Adonai your God that you make for yourself. 22 Nor are you to set up a pillar for yourself—Adonai your God hates this.
Investigations and Witnesses
17 “You are not to sacrifice to Adonai your God a bull or a sheep that has a defect or anything bad—for that would be an abomination to Adonai your God. 2 Suppose there is found in your midst—within one of your gates that Adonai your God is giving you—a man or woman who does what is evil in the eyes of Adonai your God by transgressing His covenant. 3 This person goes and serves other gods and worships them—the sun or moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded. 4 It is told to you and you have heard about it, and you investigate thoroughly and indeed it is true and the thing certain—this abomination has been done in Israel. 5 Then you are to bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and stone that man or woman with stones to death. 6 By the word of two or three witnesses,[a] the one who is to die is to be put to death. No one is to be put to death by the word of one witness. 7 The hand of the witnesses is to be first to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you are to purge the evil from your midst.
Isaiah 51 : 12 – 52 : 12
Isaiah 51:12-52 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
12 “I, I am the One who comforts you.
Who are you that you should fear man, who dies, or a son of man, who is given up like grass?”
13 But you forgot Adonai your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth.
Are you in constant dread all day because of the fury of the oppressor as he makes ready to destroy?
But where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 Soon one bowed down will be released.
He will not die and go to the Pit, nor will his bread be lacking.
15 “For I am Adonai your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— Adonai-Tzva’ot is His Name.
16 I have put My words in your mouth, and covered you with the shadow of My hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
17 Awake, awake!
Stand up, Jerusalem!
From Adonai’s hand you have drunk the cup of His fury, the chalice of reeling that you have drained to the dregs.
18 There is none to guide her among all the sons she has borne, nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has raised.
19 These two things have befallen you —who will mourn for you?— devastation and destruction, famine and the sword.
How will I comfort you?
20 Your sons have fainted.
They lie at every street corner, like an antelope in a net.
They are full of Adonai’s fury, the rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted, who are drunk, but not with wine.
22 Thus says your Lord, Adonai your God who defends His people:
“Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of reeling, the bowl of My wrath.
You will never drink it again.
||Brit Chadashah Reading
John 1 : 19 – 27
John’s Witness to Israel’s Leaders
19 This is John’s testimony, when the Judean leaders sent kohanim and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
20 He openly admitted and did not deny; he admitted, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 “What then? Are you Elijah?” they asked him.
“I am not,” said John.
“Are you the Prophet?”
“No,” he answered.
22 So they said to him, “Who are you? Give us an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said, “I am ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of Adonai,”’[a] as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 Now those sent were from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “If you’re not the Messiah, Elijah, or the Prophet, why then are you immersing?”
26 “I immerse in water,” John answered. “Among you stands One you do not know, 27 coming after me, whose sandals I’m not worthy to untie.”
Acts 3 : 22 – 23
22 Moses said, ‘Adonai your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. Hear and obey Him in all that He shall say to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul that will not listen to that Prophet shall be completely cut off from the people.’
Matthew 26 : 36 – 27 : 10
“Your Will Be Done”
36 Then Yeshua comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He tells the disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And He took along Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then He tells them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.” 39 Going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me! Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
40 Then He comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping; and He tells Peter, “So couldn’t you keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 Keep watching and praying, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again for a second time He went away and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, let Your will be done.” 43 And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So He left them again and prayed a third time, saying the same words once more. 45 Then He comes to the disciples and says to them, “Still sleeping? Taking your rest? Look, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let’s go! Look, My betrayer is near.”