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The Daily Readings for February 20, 2014

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 32:3-21

Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, 'I have lived with Laban as an alien, and stayed until now; and I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male and female slaves; and I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.'" The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him." Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies, thinking, "If Esau comes to the one company and destroys it, then the company that is left will escape." And Jacob said, "O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, 'Return to your country and to your kindred, and I will do you good,' I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. Deliver me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I am afraid of him; he may come and kill us all, the mothers with the children. Yet you have said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted because of their number.'" So he spent that night there, and from what he had with him he took a present for his brother Esau, two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, thirty milch camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys. These he delivered into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said to his servants, "Pass on ahead of me, and put a space between drove and drove." He instructed the foremost, "When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, 'To whom do you belong? Where are you going? And whose are these ahead of you?' then you shall say, 'They belong to your servant Jacob; they are a present sent to my lord Esau; and moreover he is behind us.'" He likewise instructed the second and the third and all who followed the droves, "You shall say the same thing to Esau when you meet him, and you shall say, 'Moreover your servant Jacob is behind us.'" For he thought, "I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterwards I shall see his face; perhaps he will accept me." So the present passed on ahead of him; and he himself spent that night in the camp.

1 John 2:18-29

Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life. I write these things to you concerning those who would deceive you. As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who does right has been born of him.

John 10:19-30

Again the Jews were divided because of these words. Many of them were saying, "He has a demon and is out of his mind. Why listen to him?" Others were saying, "These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?" At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 105: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
  Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
  Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
  Search for the LORD and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
  Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
  O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
  He is the LORD our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.
  He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:
  The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Issac,
10   Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11   Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."
12   When they were few in number, *
of little account, and sojourners in the land,
13   Wandering from nation to nation *
and from one kingdom to another,
14   He let no one oppress them *
and rebuked kings for their sake,
15   Saying, "Do not touch my anointed *
and do my prophets no harm."
16   Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.
17   He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18   They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
19   Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the LORD tested him.
20   The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21   He set him as a master over his household, *
as a ruler over all his possessions,
22   To instruct his princes according to his will *
and to teach his elders wisdom.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 105: Part II Et intravit Israel
23   Israel came into Egypt, *
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24   The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
he made them stronger than their enemies;
25   Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26   He sent Moses his servant, *
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27   They worked his signs among them, *
and portents in the land of Ham.
28   He sent darkness, and it grew dark; *
but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.
29   He turned their waters into blood *
and caused their fish to die.
30   Their land was overrun by frogs, *
in the very chambers of their kings.
31   He spoke, and there came swarms of insects *
and gnats within all their borders.
32   He gave them hailstones instead of rain, *
and flames of fire throughout their land.
33   He blasted their vines and their fig trees *
and shattered every tree in their country.
34   He spoke, and the locust came, *
and young locusts without number,
35   Which ate up all the green plants in their land *
and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36   He struck down the firstborn of their land, *
the firstfruits of all their strength.
37   He led out his people with silver and gold; *
in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38   Egypt was glad of their going, *
because they were afraid of them.
39   He spread out a cloud for a covering *
and a fire to give light in the night season.
40   They asked, and quails appeared, *
and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41   He opened the rock, and water flowed, *
so the river ran in the dry places.
42   For God remembered his holy word *
and Abraham his servant.
43   So he led forth his people with gladness, *
his chosen with shouts of joy.
44   He gave his people the lands of the nations, *
and they took the fruit of others' toil,
45   That they might keep his statutes *
and observe his laws. Hallelujah!

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