But require the same quota of bricks from them as they were making before; do not reduce it. For they are slackers-- that is why they are crying out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'
But he said, "You are slackers. Slackers! That is why you are saying, 'Let us go sacrifice to the LORD.'
asking, "When will the New Moon be over so we may sell grain, and the Sabbath, so we may market wheat? We can reduce the measure while increasing the price and cheat with dishonest scales.
"I wish one of you would shut the [temple] doors, so you would no longer kindle a useless [fire on] My altar! I am not pleased with you," says the LORD of Hosts, "and I will accept no offering from your hands.
"For My name will be great among the nations, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations," says the LORD of Hosts.
But you are profaning itwhen you say: "The Lord's table is defiled, and its product, its food, is contemptible."
You also say: "Look, what a nuisance!" "And you scorn it," says the LORD of Hosts. "You bring stolen, lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands?" asks the LORD.
When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked.
But some were expressing indignation to one another: "Why has this fragrant oil been wasted?
"Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but don't notice the log in your own eye?
Philip answered, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn't be enough for each of them to have a little."
After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
For this oil might have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor." And they began to scold her.
"This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor."
Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won't grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
When Jesus heard this, He told him, "You still lack one thing: sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me."