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The Daily Readings for February 10, 2018

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

Genesis 29:1-20

Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east. As he looked, he saw a well in the field and three flocks of sheep lying there beside it; for out of that well the flocks were watered. The stone on the well's mouth was large, and when all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well. Jacob said to them, "My brothers, where do you come from?" They said, "We are from Haran." He said to them, "Do you know Laban son of Nahor?" They said, "We do." He said to them, "Is it well with him?" "Yes," they replied, "and here is his daughter Rachel, coming with the sheep." He said, "Look, it is still broad daylight; it is not time for the animals to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them." But they said, "We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and the stone is rolled from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep." While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them. Now when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his mother's brother Laban, and the sheep of his mother's brother Laban, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of his mother's brother Laban. Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and wept aloud. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's kinsman, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father. When Laban heard the news about his sister's son Jacob, he ran to meet him; he embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban all these things, and Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh!" And he stayed with him a month. Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?" Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah's eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, "I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel." Laban said, "It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me." So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Romans 14:1-23

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God. We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So then, each of us will be accountable to God. Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or sister stumble. The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

John 8:47-59

Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God." The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, 'Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.' Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?" Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, 'He is our God,' though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad." Then the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am." So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 87 Fundamenta ejus

  On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
  Glorious things are spoken of you, *
O city of our God.
  I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born.
  Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
  The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
"These also were born there."
  The singers and the dancers will say, *
"All my fresh springs are in you."

Psalm 90 Domine, refugium

  Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
  Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.
  You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."
  For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.
  You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.
  In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
  For we consume away in your displeasure; *
we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
  Our iniquities you have set before you, *
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
  When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; *
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11   Who regards the power of your wrath? *
who rightly fears your indignation?
12   So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.
14   Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15   Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16   Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.
17   May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 136 Confitemini

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who only does great wonders, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who created great lights, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The sun to rule the day, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
10   Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
11   And brought out Israel from among them, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
12   With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
13   Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
14   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
15   But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
16   Who led his people through the wilderness, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
17   Who struck down great kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
18   And slew mighty kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
19   Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
20   And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
21   And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
22   An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
23   Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
24   And delivered us from our enemies, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
25   Who gives food to all creatures, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
26   Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for his mercy endures for ever.

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