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Numbers 10 / Basic English

1. And the Lord said to Moses,
2. Make two silver horns of hammered work, to be used for getting the people together and to give the sign for the moving of the tents.
3. When they are sounded, all the people are to come together to you at the door of the Tent of meeting.
4. If only one of them is sounded, then the chiefs, the heads of the thousands of Israel, are to come to you.
5. When a loud note is sounded, the tents placed on the east side are to go forward.
6. At the sound of a second loud note, the tents on the south side are to go forward: the loud note will be the sign to go forward.
7. But when all the people are to come together, the horn is to be sounded but not loudly.
8. The horns are to be sounded by the sons of Aaron, the priests; this is to be a law for you for ever, from generation to generation.
9. And if you go to war in your land against any who do you wrong, then let the loud note of the horn be sounded; and the Lord your God will keep you in mind and give you salvation from those who are against you.
10. And on days of joy and on your regular feasts and on the first day of every month, let the horns be sounded over your burned offerings and your peace-offerings; and they will put the Lord in mind of you: I am the Lord your God.
11. Now in the second year, on the twentieth day of the second month, the cloud was taken up from over the Tent of witness.
12. And the children of Israel went on their journey out of the waste land of Sinai; and the cloud came to rest in the waste land of Paran.
13. They went forward for the first time on their journey as the Lord had given orders by the hand of Moses.
14. First the flag of the children of Judah went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Nahshon, the son of Amminadab.
15. And at the head of the army of the children of Issachar was Nethanel, the son of Zuar.
16. And at the head of the army of the children of Zebulun was Eliab, the son of Helon.
17. Then the House was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari, who were responsible for moving the House, went forward.
18. Then the flag of the children of Reuben went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Elizur, the son of Shedeur.
19. And at the head of the army of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel, the son of Zurishaddai.
20. At the head of the army of the children of Gad was Eliasaph, the son of Reuel.
21. Then the Kohathites went forward with the holy place; the others put up the House ready for their coming.
22. Then the flag of the children of Ephraim went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Elishama, the son of Ammihud.
23. At the head of the army of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel, the son of Pedahzur.
24. At the head of the army of the children of Benjamin was Abidan, the son of Gideoni.
25. And the flag of the children of Dan, whose tents were moved last of all, went forward with their armies: and at the head of his army was Ahiezer, the son of Ammishaddai.
26. At the head of the army of the children of Asher was Pagiel, the son of Ochran.
27. And at the head of the army of the children of Naphtali was Ahira, the son of Enan.
28. This was the order in which the children of Israel were journeying by armies; so they went forward.
29. Then Moses said to Hobab, the son of his father-in-law Reuel the Midianite, We are journeying to that place of which the Lord has said, I will give it to you: so come with us, and it will be for your profit: for the Lord has good things in store for Israel.
30. But he said, I will not go with you, I will go back to the land of my birth and to my relations.
31. And he said, Do not go from us; for you will be eyes for us, guiding us to the right places in the waste land to put up our tents.
32. And if you come with us, we will give you a part in whatever good the Lord does for us.
33. So they went forward three days' journey from the mountain of the Lord; and the ark of the Lord's agreement went three days' journey before them, looking for a resting-place for them;
34. And by day the cloud of the Lord went over them, when they went forward from the place where they had put up their tents.
35. And when the ark went forward Moses said, Come up, O Lord, and let the armies of those who are against you be broken, and let your haters go in flight before you.
36. And when it came to rest, he said, Take rest, O Lord, and give a blessing to the families of Israel.
Numbers 11 / Basic English

1. Now the people were saying evil against the Lord; and the Lord, hearing it, was angry and sent fire on them, burning the outer parts of the tent-circle.
2. And the people made an outcry to Moses, and Moses made prayer to the Lord, and the fire was stopped.
3. So that place was named Taberah, because of the fire of the Lord which had been burning among them.
4. And the mixed band of people who went with them were overcome by desire: and the children of Israel, weeping again, said, Who will give us flesh for our food?
5. Sweet is the memory of the fish we had in Egypt for nothing, and the fruit and green plants of every sort, sharp and pleasing to the taste:
6. But now our soul is wasted away; there is nothing at all: we have nothing but this manna before our eyes.
7. Now the manna was like a seed of grain, like small clear drops.
8. The people went about taking it up from the earth, crushing it between stones or hammering it to powder, and boiling it in pots, and they made cakes of it: its taste was like the taste of cakes cooked with oil.
9. When the dew came down on the tents at night, the manna came down with it.
10. And at the sound of the people weeping, every man at his tent-door, the wrath of the Lord was great, and Moses was very angry.
11. And Moses said to the Lord, Why have you done me this evil? and why have I not grace in your eyes, that you have put on me the care of all this people?
12. Am I the father of all this people? have I given them birth, that you say to me, Take them in your arms, like a child at the breast, to the land which you gave by an oath to their fathers?
13. Where am I to get flesh to give to all this people? For they are weeping to me and saying, Give us flesh for our food.
14. I am not able by myself to take the weight of all this people, for it is more than my strength.
15. If this is to be my fate, put me to death now in answer to my prayer, if I have grace in your eyes; and let me not see my shame.
16. And the Lord said to Moses, Send for seventy of the responsible men of Israel, who are in your opinion men of weight and authority over the people; make them come to the Tent of meeting and be there with you.
17. And I will come down and have talk with you there: and I will take some of the spirit which is on you and put it on them, and they will take part of the weight of the people off you, so that you do not have to take it by yourself.
18. And say to the people, Make yourselves clean before tomorrow and you will have flesh for your food: for in the ears of the Lord you have been weeping and saying, Who will give us flesh for food? for we were well off in Egypt: and so the Lord will give you flesh, and it will be your food;
19. Not for one day only, or even for five or ten or twenty days;
20. But every day for a month, till you are tired of it, turning from it in disgust: because you have gone against the Lord who is with you, and have been weeping before him saying, Why did we come out of Egypt?
21. Then Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand men on foot; and you have said, I will give them flesh to be their food for a month.
22. Are flocks and herds to be put to death for them? or are all the fish in the sea to be got together so that they may be full?
23. And the Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord's hand become short? Now you will see if my word comes true for you or not.
24. And Moses went out and gave the people the words of the Lord: and he took seventy of the responsible men of the people, placing them round the Tent.
25. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and had talk with him, and put on the seventy men some of the spirit which was on him: now when the spirit came to rest on them, they were like prophets, but only at that time.
26. But two men were still in the tent-circle one of them named Eldad and the other Medad: and the spirit came to rest on them; they were among those who had been sent for, but they had not gone out to the Tent: and the prophet's power came on them in the tent-circle.
27. And a young man went running to Moses and said, Eldad and Medad are acting as prophets in the tent-circle.
28. Then Joshua, the son of Nun, who had been Moses' servant from the time when he was a child, said, My lord Moses, let them be stopped.
29. And Moses said to him, Are you moved by envy on my account? If only all the Lord's people were prophets, and the Lord might put his spirit on them!
30. Then Moses, with the responsible men of Israel, went back to the tent-circle.
31. Then the Lord sent a wind, driving little birds from the sea, so that they came down on the tents, and all round the tent-circle, about a day's journey on this side and on that, in masses about two cubits high over the face of the earth.
32. And all that day and all night and the day after, the people were taking up the birds; the smallest amount which anyone got was ten homers: and they put them out all round the tents.
33. But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was tasted, the wrath of the Lord was moved against the people and he sent a great outburst of disease on them.
34. So that place was named Kibroth-hattaavah; because there they put in the earth the bodies of the people who had given way to their desires.
35. From Kibroth-hattaavah the people went on to Hazeroth; and there they put up their tents.
Mark 16 / Basic English

1. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, got spices, so that they might come and put them on him.
2. And very early after dawn on the first day of the week, they came at the time of the coming up of the sun to the place where the body had been put.
3. And they were saying among themselves, Who will get the stone rolled away from the door for us?
4. And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; and it was of great size.
5. And when they went in, they saw a young man seated on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were full of wonder.
6. And he said to them, Do not be troubled: you are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been put to death on the cross; he has come back from the dead; he is not here: see, the place where they put him!
7. But go, say to his disciples and to Peter, He goes before you into Galilee: there you will see him, as he said to you.
8. And they went out quickly from the place, because fear and great wonder had come on them: and they said nothing to anyone, because they were full of fear that ...
9. Now when he came back from the dead early on the first day of the week, he went first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had sent out seven evil spirits.
10. She went and gave news of it to those who had been with him, while they were sorrowing and weeping.
11. And they, when it came to their ears that he was living, and had been seen by her, had no belief in it.
12. And after these things he was seen in another form by two of them, while they were walking on their way into the country.
13. And they went away and gave news of it to the rest; and they had no belief in what was said.
14. And later he was seen by the eleven themselves while they were taking food; and he said sharp words to them because they had no faith and their hearts were hard, and because they had no belief in those who had seen him after he had come back from the dead.
15. And he said to them, Go into all the world, and give the good news to everyone.
16. He who has faith and is given baptism will get salvation; but he who has not faith will be judged.
17. And these signs will be with those who have faith: in my name they will send out evil spirits; and they will make use of new languages;
18. They will take up snakes, and if there is poison in their drink, it will do them no evil; they will put their hands on those who are ill, and they will get well.
19. So then the Lord Jesus, after he had said these words to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.
20. And they went out, preaching everywhere, the Lord working with them, and giving witness to the word by the signs which came after. So be it.