He said to the people, “Be prepared by the third day. Do not have sexual relations with women.”
Keep your way far from her.
Don’t go near the door of her house.
Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty.
Now Moses took a tent and set it up outside the camp, far away from the camp; he called it the tent of meeting. Anyone who wanted to consult the Lord would go to the tent of meeting that was outside the camp.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We hope for light, but there is darkness;
for brightness, but we live in the night.
We all growl like bears
and moan like doves.
We hope for justice, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far from us.
Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far off.
For truth has stumbled in the public square,
and honesty cannot enter.
If not, while the other is still far off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
My loved ones and friends stand back from my affliction,
and my relatives stand at a distance.
So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him.
“This command that I give you today is certainly not too difficult or beyond your reach.