Thirty-Eighth Day of Great Lent
 And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
 And you shall say to Pharaoh, `Thus says the LORD, Israel is my first-born son,
 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me”; if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay your first-born son.’”
 At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to kill him.
 Then Zippo’rah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched Moses’ feet with it, and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!”
 So he let him alone. Then it was that she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
 The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went, and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him.
 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him, and all the signs which he had charged him to do.
 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel.
 And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
 And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’”
 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should heed his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.”
 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us; let us go, we pray, a three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”
 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on an ass,
on a colt the foal of an ass.
 I will cut off the chariot from E’phraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
 As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your captives free from the waterless pit.
 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.
 For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made E’phraim its arrow.
I will brandish your sons, O Zion,
over your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior’s sword.
 Then the LORD will appear over them,
and his arrow go forth like lightning;
the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet,
and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
 The LORD of hosts will protect them,
and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;
and they shall drink their blood like wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenched like the corners of the altar.
 On that day the LORD their God will save them
for they are the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
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