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Daily Readings For February 20

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Daily Readings for Saturday, February 20, 2016

Morning Psalm 43

1   Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
          against an ungodly people;
     from those who are deceitful and unjust
          deliver me!
2   For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
          why have you cast me off?
     Why must I walk about mournfully
          because of the oppression of the enemy?

3   O send out your light and your truth;
          let them lead me;
     let them bring me to your holy hill
          and to your dwelling.
4   Then I will go to the altar of God,
          to God my exceeding joy;
     and I will praise you with the harp,
          O God, my God.

5   Why are you cast down, O my soul,
          and why are you disquieted within me?
     Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
          my help and my God.

Morning Psalm 149

1   Praise the Lord!
     Sing to the Lord a new song,
          his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
2   Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
          let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.
3   Let them praise his name with dancing,
          making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
4   For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
          he adorns the humble with victory.
5   Let the faithful exult in glory;
          let them sing for joy on their couches.
6   Let the high praises of God be in their throats
          and two-edged swords in their hands,
7   to execute vengeance on the nations
          and punishment on the peoples,
8   to bind their kings with fetters
          and their nobles with chains of iron,
9   to execute on them the judgment decreed.
          This is glory for all his faithful ones.
     Praise the Lord!

First Reading Genesis 41:1-13

1After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, 2and there came up out of the Nile seven sleek and fat cows, and they grazed in the reed grass. 3Then seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4The ugly and thin cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. And Pharaoh awoke. 5Then he fell asleep and dreamed a second time; seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk. 6Then seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them. 7The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Pharaoh awoke, and it was a dream. 8In the morning his spirit was troubled; so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

9Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "I remember my faults today. 10Once Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard. 11We dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own meaning. 12A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each according to his dream. 13As he interpreted to us, so it turned out; I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged."

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 4:1-7

1Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries. 2Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 3But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. 4I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.

6I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, "Nothing beyond what is written," so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

Gospel Reading Mark 2:23-3:6

23One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" 25And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions." 27Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."

1Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come forward." 4Then he said to them, "Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Evening Psalm 31

1   In you, O LORD, I seek refuge;
          do not let me ever be put to shame;
          in your righteousness deliver me.
2   Incline your ear to me;
          rescue me speedily.
     Be a rock of refuge for me,
          a strong fortress to save me.

3   You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
          for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
4   take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
          for you are my refuge.
5   Into your hand I commit my spirit;
          you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.

6   You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
          but I trust in the LORD.
7   I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
          because you have seen my affliction;
          you have taken heed of my adversities,
8   and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
          you have set my feet in a broad place.

9   Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
          my eye wastes away from grief,
          my soul and body also.
10  For my life is spent with sorrow,
          and my years with sighing;
     my strength fails because of my misery,
          and my bones waste away.

11  I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
          a horror to my neighbors,
     an object of dread to my acquaintances;
          those who see me in the street flee from me.
12  I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
          I have become like a broken vessel.
13  For I hear the whispering of many —
          terror all around! —
     as they scheme together against me,
          as they plot to take my life.

14  But I trust in you, O LORD;
          I say, “You are my God.”
15  My times are in your hand;
          deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16  Let your face shine upon your servant;
          save me in your steadfast love.
17  Do not let me be put to shame, O LORD,
          for I call on you;
     let the wicked be put to shame;
          let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.
18  Let the lying lips be stilled
          that speak insolently against the righteous
          with pride and contempt.

19  O how abundant is your goodness
          that you have laid up for those who fear you,
     and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
          in the sight of everyone!
20  In the shelter of your presence you hide them
          from human plots;
     you hold them safe under your shelter
          from contentious tongues.

21  Blessed be the LORD,
          for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
          when I was beset as a city under siege.
22  I had said in my alarm,
          “I am driven far from your sight.”
     But you heard my supplications
          when I cried out to you for help.

23  Love the LORD, all you his saints.
          The LORD preserves the faithful,
          but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
24  Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
          all you who wait for the LORD.

Evening Psalm 143

1   Hear my prayer, O LORD;
          give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;
          answer me in your righteousness.
2   Do not enter into judgment with your servant,
          for no one living is righteous before you.

3   For the enemy has pursued me,
          crushing my life to the ground,
          making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4   Therefore my spirit faints within me;
          my heart within me is appalled.

5   I remember the days of old,
          I think about all your deeds,
          I meditate on the works of your hands.
6   I stretch out my hands to you;
          my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.                    Selah

7   Answer me quickly, O LORD;
          my spirit fails.
     Do not hide your face from me,
          or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
8   Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
          for in you I put my trust.
     Teach me the way I should go,
          for to you I lift up my soul.

9   Save me, O LORD, from my enemies;
          I have fled to you for refuge.
10  Teach me to do your will,
          for you are my God.
     Let your good spirit lead me
          on a level path.

11  For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life.
          In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.
12  In your steadfast love cut off my enemies,
          and destroy all my adversaries,
          for I am your servant.