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The Daily Readings for January 28, 2013

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.

Isaiah 48:1-11

Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and who came forth from the loins of Judah; who swear by the name of the LORD, and invoke the God of Israel, but not in truth or right. For they call themselves after the holy city, and lean on the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name. The former things I declared long ago, they went out from my mouth and I made them known; then suddenly I did them and they came to pass. Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass, I declared them to you from long ago, before they came to pass I announced them to you, so that you would not say, "My idol did them, my carved image and my cast image commanded them." You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known. They are created now, not long ago; before today you have never heard of them, so that you could not say, "I already knew them." You have never heard, you have never known, from of old your ear has not been opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and that from birth you were called a rebel. For my name's sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, so that I may not cut you off. See, I have refined you, but not like silver; I have tested you in the furnace of adversity. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for why should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.

Galatians 1:1-17

Paul an apostle-- sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead-- and all the members of God's family who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-- not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed! Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ. For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it. I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.

Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well." Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?" And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, 'Who touched me?'" He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?" But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 41 Beatus qui intelligit

  Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! *
the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble.
  The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land; *
he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
  The LORD sustains them on their sickbed *
and ministers to them in their illness.
  I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; *
heal me, for I have sinned against you."
  My enemies are saying wicked things about me: *
"When will he die, and his name perish?"
  Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; *
their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them.
  All my enemies whisper together about me *
and devise evil against me.
  A deadly thing, they say, has fastened on him; *
he has taken to his bed and will never get up again.
  Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, *
has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
10   But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, *
and I shall repay them.
11   By this I know you are pleased with me, *
that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12   In my integrity you hold me fast, *
and shall set me before your face for ever.
13   Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, *
from age to age. Amen. Amen.

Psalm 52 Quid gloriaris?

  You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness *
against the godly all day long?
  You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, *
O worker of deception.
  You love evil more than good *
and lying more than speaking the truth.
  You love all words that hurt, *
O you deceitful tongue.
  Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, *
topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living!
  The righteous shall see and tremble, *
and they shall laugh at him, saying,
  This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, *
but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.
  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; *
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
  I will give you thanks for what you have done *
and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 44 Deus, auribus

  We have heard with our ears, O God, our forefathers have told us, *
the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
  How with your hand you drove the peoples out and planted our forefathers in the land; *
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
  For they did not take the land by their sword, nor did their arm win the victory for them; *
but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them.
  You are my King and my God; *
you command victories for Jacob.
  Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
  For I do not rely on my bow, *
and my sword does not give me the victory.
  Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries *
and put those who hate us to shame.
  Every day we gloried in God, *
and we will praise your Name for ever.
  Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
and do not go forth with our armies.
10   You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
and our enemies have plundered us.
11   You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
and have scattered us among the nations.
12   You are selling your people for a trifle *
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13   You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
a mockery and derision to those around us.
14   You have made us a byword among the nations, *
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15   My humiliation is daily before me, *
and shame has covered my face;
16   Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, *
because of the enemy and avenger.
17   All this has come upon us; *
yet we have not forgotten you, nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18   Our heart never turned back, *
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19   Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, *
and covered us over with deep darkness.
20   If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21   Will not God find it out? *
for he knows the secrets of the heart.
22   Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; *
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23   Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24   Why have you hidden your face *
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25   We sink down into the dust; *
our body cleaves to the ground.
26   Rise up, and help us, *
and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

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