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First Reading for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Numbers 11:25-29

Summary: The LORD bestowed Moses' spirit on seventy elders, including Eldad and Medad who prophesied in the camp, leading Moses to wish all people were prophets.

Spirit Shared Among Elders

The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.

Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp. They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent; yet the spirit came to rest on them also, and they prophesied in the camp.

So, when a young man quickly told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp, “

Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said, “Moses, my lord, stop them.”

But Moses answered him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets! Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!”

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