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The Daily Readings for February 19, 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 31:25-50

Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country, and Laban with his kinsfolk camped in the hill country of Gilead. Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done? You have deceived me, and carried away my daughters like captives of the sword. Why did you flee secretly and deceive me and not tell me? I would have sent you away with mirth and songs, with tambourine and lyre. And why did you not permit me to kiss my sons and my daughters farewell? What you have done is foolish. It is in my power to do you harm; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Take heed that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.' Even though you had to go because you longed greatly for your father's house, why did you steal my gods?" Jacob answered Laban, "Because I was afraid, for I thought that you would take your daughters from me by force. But anyone with whom you find your gods shall not live. In the presence of our kinsfolk, point out what I have that is yours, and take it." Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods. So Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the tent of the two maids, but he did not find them. And he went out of Leah's tent, and entered Rachel's. Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on them. Laban felt all about in the tent, but did not find them. And she said to her father, "Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise before you, for the way of women is upon me." So he searched, but did not find the household gods. Then Jacob became angry, and upbraided Laban. Jacob said to Laban, "What is my offense? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued me? Although you have felt about through all my goods, what have you found of all your household goods? Set it here before my kinsfolk and your kinsfolk, so that they may decide between us two. These twenty years I have been with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, and I have not eaten the rams of your flocks. That which was torn by wild beasts I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself; of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. It was like this with me: by day the heat consumed me, and the cold by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes. These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock, and you have changed my wages ten times. If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night." Then Laban answered and said to Jacob, "The daughters are my daughters, the children are my children, the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine. But what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about their children whom they have borne? Come now, let us make a covenant, you and I; and let it be a witness between you and me." So Jacob took a stone, and set it up as a pillar. And Jacob said to his kinsfolk, "Gather stones," and they took stones, and made a heap; and they ate there by the heap. Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me today." Therefore he called it Galeed, and the pillar Mizpah, for he said, "The LORD watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other. If you ill-treat my daughters, or if you take wives in addition to my daughters, though no one else is with us, remember that God is witness between you and me."

1 John 2:12-17

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world-- the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches-- comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.

John 10:1-18

"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away-- and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 101 Misericordiam et judicium

  I will sing of mercy and justice; *
to you, O LORD, will I sing praises.
  I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? *
I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.
  I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; *
I hate the doers of evil deeds; they shall not remain with me.
  A crooked heart shall be far from me; *
I will not know evil.
  Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; *
those who have a haughty look and a proud heart I cannot abide.
  My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, *
and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants.
  Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, *
and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight.
  I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, *
that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 109 Deus, laudem

  Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; *
for the mouth of the wicked, the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
  They speak to me with a lying tongue; *
they encompass me with hateful words and fight against me without a cause.
  Despite my love, they accuse me; *
but as for me, I pray for them.
  They repay evil for good, *
and hatred for my love.
  Set a wicked man against him, *
and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
  When he is judged, let him be found guilty, *
and let his appeal be in vain.
  Let his days be few, *
and let another take his office.
  Let his children be fatherless, *
and his wife become a widow.
  Let his children be waifs and beggars; *
let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
10   Let the creditor seize everything he has; *
let strangers plunder his gains.
11   Let there be no one to show him kindness, *
and none to pity his fatherless children.
12   Let his descendants be destroyed, *
and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
13   Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, *
and his mother's sin not be blotted out;
14   Let their sin be always before the LORD; *
but let him root out their names from the earth;
15   Because he did not remember to show mercy, *
but persecuted the poor and needy and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
16   He loved cursing, let it come upon him; *
he took no delight in blessing, let it depart from him.
17   He put on cursing like a garment, *
let it soak into his body like water and into his bones like oil;
18   Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, *
and like the belt that he wears continually.
19   Let this be the recompense from the LORD to my accusers, *
and to those who speak evil against me.
20   But you, O Lord my God, oh, deal with me according to your Name; *
for your tender mercy's sake, deliver me.
21   For I am poor and needy, *
and my heart is wounded within me.
22   I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; *
I am shaken off like a locust.
23   My knees are weak through fasting, *
and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
24   I have become a reproach to them; *
they see and shake their heads.
25   Help me, O LORD my God; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
26   Let them know that this is your hand, *
that you, O LORD, have done it.
27   They may curse, but you will bless; *
let those who rise up against me be put to shame, and your servant will rejoice.
28   Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace *
and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
29   I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth; *
in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
30   Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, *
to save his life from those who would condemn him.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Ayin Feci judicium
121   I have done what is just and right; *
do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122   Be surety for your servant's good; *
let not the proud oppress me.
123   My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation *
and for your righteous promise.
124   Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness *
and teach me your statutes.
125   I am your servant; grant me understanding, *
that I may know your decrees.
126   It is time for you to act, O LORD, *
for they have broken your law.
127   Truly, I love your commandments *
more than gold and precious stones.
128   I hold all your commandments to be right for me; *
all paths of falsehood I abhor.

Psalm 119: Pe Mirabilia
129   Your decrees are wonderful; *
therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130   When your word goes forth it gives light; *
it gives understanding to the simple.
131   I open my mouth and pant; *
I long for your commandments.
132   Turn to me in mercy, *
as you always do to those who love your Name.
133   Steady my footsteps in your word; *
let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134   Rescue me from those who oppress me, *
and I will keep your commandments.
135   Let your countenance shine upon your servant *
and teach me your statutes.
136   My eyes shed streams of tears, *
because people do not keep your law.

Psalm 119: Sadhe Justus es, Domine
137   You are righteous, O LORD, *
and upright are your judgments.
138   You have issued your decrees *
with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139   My indignation has consumed me, *
because my enemies forget your words.
140   Your word has been tested to the uttermost, *
and your servant holds it dear.
141   I am small and of little account, *
yet I do not forget your commandments.
142   Your justice is an everlasting justice *
and your law is the truth.
143   Trouble and distress have come upon me, *
yet your commandments are my delight.
144   The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; *
grant me understanding, that I may live.

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