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The Daily Readings for February 18, 2020

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 31:1-24

Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, "Jacob has taken all that was our father's; he has gained all this wealth from what belonged to our father." And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him as favorably as he did before. Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your ancestors and to your kindred, and I will be with you." So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah into the field where his flock was, and said to them, "I see that your father does not regard me as favorably as he did before. But the God of my father has been with me. You know that I have served your father with all my strength; yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times, but God did not permit him to harm me. If he said, 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then all the flock bore speckled; and if he said, 'The striped shall be your wages,' then all the flock bore striped. Thus God has taken away the livestock of your father, and given them to me. During the mating of the flock I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats that leaped upon the flock were striped, speckled, and mottled. Then the angel of God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob,' and I said, 'Here I am!' And he said, 'Look up and see that all the goats that leap on the flock are striped, speckled, and mottled; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and return to the land of your birth.'" Then Rachel and Leah answered him, "Is there any portion or inheritance left to us in our father's house? Are we not regarded by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and he has been using up the money given for us. All the property that God has taken away from our father belongs to us and to our children; now then, do whatever God has said to you." So Jacob arose, and set his children and his wives on camels; and he drove away all his livestock, all the property that he had gained, the livestock in his possession that he had acquired in Paddan-aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep, and Rachel stole her father's household gods. And Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean, in that he did not tell him that he intended to flee. So he fled with all that he had; starting out he crossed the Euphrates, and set his face toward the hill country of Gilead. On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled. So he took his kinsfolk with him and pursued him for seven days until he caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead. But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night, and said to him, "Take heed that you say not a word to Jacob, either good or bad."

1 John 2:1-11

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, "I have come to know him," but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, "I abide in him," ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, "I am in the light," while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.

John 9:18-41

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" Then they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" And they drove him out. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him." Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped him. Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 97 Dominus regnavit

  The LORD is King; let the earth rejoice; *
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
  Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
  A fire goes before him *
and burns up his enemies on every side.
  His lightnings light up the world; *
the earth sees it and is afraid.
  The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  The heavens declare his righteousness, *
and all the peoples see his glory.
  Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! *
Bow down before him, all you gods.
  Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments, O LORD.
  For you are the LORD, most high over all the earth; *
you are exalted far above all gods.
10   The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11   Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12   Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
and give thanks to his holy Name.

Psalm 99 Dominus regnavit

  The LORD is King; let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
  The LORD is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
  Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
  O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
  Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
  He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
  O LORD our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.
  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the LORD our God is the Holy One.

Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo

  Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
  Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
  Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 94 Deus ultionum

  O LORD God of vengeance, *
O God of vengeance, show yourself.
  Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
give the arrogant their just deserts.
  How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?
  They bluster in their insolence; *
all evildoers are full of boasting.
  They crush your people, O LORD, *
and afflict your chosen nation.
  They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the orphans to death.
  Yet they say, "The LORD does not see, *
the God of Jacob takes no notice."
  Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
when will you fools understand?
  He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *
he that formed the eye, does he not see?
10   He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *
he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?
11   The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
how like a puff of wind they are.
12   Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
whom you teach out of your law;
13   To give them rest in evil days, *
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14   For the LORD will not abandon his people, *
nor will he forsake his own.
15   For judgment will again be just, *
and all the true of heart will follow it.
16   Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
who took my part against the evildoers?
17   If the LORD had not come to my help, *
I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18   As often as I said, "My foot has slipped, " *
your love, O LORD, upheld me.
19   When many cares fill my mind, *
your consolations cheer my soul.
20   Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
one which frames evil into law?
21   They conspire against the life of the just *
and condemn the innocent to death.
22   But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
and my God the rock of my trust.
23   He will turn their wickedness back upon them and destroy them in their own malice; *
the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95 Venite, exultemus

  Come, let us sing to the LORD; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
  For the LORD is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
  In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
  The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
  Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
  Harden not your hearts, as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me.
  They put me to the test, *
though they had seen my works.
10   Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *
This people are wayward in their hearts; they do not know my ways."
11   So I swore in my wrath, *
"They shall not enter into my rest."

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