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1/22/15 Lectionary Readings

Daily Readings for Thursday, January 22, 2015

Morning Psalms 36; 147:12-20

First Reading Isaiah 45:5-17

Second Reading Ephesians 5:15-33

Gospel Reading Mark 4:21-34

Evening Psalms 80; 27

MORNING PSALM 36

1   Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2   For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3   The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;
they have ceased to act wisely and do good.
4   They plot mischief while on their beds;
they are set on a way that is not good;
they do not reject evil.

5   Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6   Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.

7   How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8   They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9   For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10  O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!
11  Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
or the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12  There the evildoers lie prostrate;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.

EVENING PSALM 80

1   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2        before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
and come to save us!

3   Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4   O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5   You have fed them with the bread of tears,
and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6   You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
our enemies laugh among themselves.

7   Restore us, O God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

8   You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
9   You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root and filled the land.
10  The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches;
11  it sent out its branches to the sea,
and its shoots to the River.
12  Why then have you broken down its walls,
so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13  The boar from the forest ravages it,
and all that move in the field feed on it.

14  Turn again, O God of hosts;
look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine,
15       the stock that your right hand planted.
16  They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;
may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
17  But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18  Then we will never turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call on your name.

19  Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Read more here http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2015/1/22/

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