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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.

Proverbs 7:1-27

My child, keep my words and store up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call insight your intimate friend, that they may keep you from the loose woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, and I saw among the simple ones, I observed among the youths, a young man without sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. Then a woman comes toward him, decked out like a prostitute, wily of heart. She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, and at every corner she lies in wait. She seizes him and kisses him, and with impudent face she says to him: "I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you! I have decked my couch with coverings, colored spreads of Egyptian linen; I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with love. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took a bag of money with him; he will not come home until full moon." With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. Right away he follows her, and goes like an ox to the slaughter, or bounds like a stag toward the trap until an arrow pierces its entrails. He is like a bird rushing into a snare, not knowing that it will cost him his life. And now, my children, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. Do not let your hearts turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths. for many are those she has laid low, and numerous are her victims. Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

1 John 5:13-21

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one-- to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal. We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them. We know that we are God's children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

John 11:55-12:8

Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think? Surely he will not come to the festival, will he?" Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should let them know, so that they might arrest him. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 131 Domine, non est

  O LORD, I am not proud; *
I have no haughty looks.
  I do not occupy myself with great matters, *
or with things that are too hard for me.
  But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother's breast; *
my soul is quieted within me.
  O Israel, wait upon the LORD, *
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 132 Memento, Domine

  LORD, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
  How he swore an oath to the LORD *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
  I will not come under the roof of my house, *
nor climb up into my bed;
  I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
  Until I find a place for the LORD, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
  The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
  Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
  Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
10   For your servant David's sake, *
do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11   The LORD has sworn an oath to David; *
in truth, he will not break it:
12   A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
13   If your children keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."
14   For the LORD has chosen Zion; *
he has desired her for his habitation:
15   This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16   I will surely bless her provisions, *
and satisfy her poor with bread.
17   I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18   There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19   As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
but as for him, his crown will shine."

Psalm 133 Ecce, quam bonum!

  Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
when brethren live together in unity!
  It is like fine oil upon the head *
that runs down upon the beard,
  Upon the beard of Aaron, *
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
  It is like the dew of Hermon *
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
  For there the LORD has ordained the blessing: *
life for evermore.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 134 Ecce nunc

  Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
  Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Psalm 135 Laudate nomen

  Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD; *
give praise, you servants of the LORD.
  You who stand in the house of the LORD, *
in the courts of the house of our God.
  Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; *
sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.
  For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself *
and Israel for his own possession.
  For I know that the LORD is great, *
and that our Lord is above all gods.
  The LORD does whatever pleases him, in heaven and on earth, *
in the seas and all the deeps.
  He brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; *
he sends out lightning with the rain, and brings the winds out of his storehouse.
  It was he who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
the firstborn both of man and beast.
  He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, *
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10   He overthrew many nations *
and put mighty kings to death:
11   Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan, *
and all the kings of Canaan.
12   He gave their land to be an inheritance, *
an inheritance for Israel his people.
13   O LORD, your Name is everlasting; *
your renown, O LORD, endures from age to age.
14   For the LORD gives his people justice *
and shows compassion to his servants.
15   The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, *
the work of human hands.
16   They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
eyes have they, but they cannot see.
17   They have ears, but they cannot hear; *
neither is there any breath in their mouth.
18   Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.
19   Bless the LORD, O house of Israel; *
O house of Aaron, bless the LORD.
20   Bless the LORD, O house of Levi; *
you who fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
21   Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, *
who dwells in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

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