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2/3/15 Lectionary Readings

Daily Readings for Monday, February 2, 2015

Morning Psalms 62; 145

First Reading Isaiah 51:17-23

Second Reading Galatians 4:1-11

Gospel Reading Mark 7:24-37

Evening Psalms 73; 9

MORNING PSALM 62

1   For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2   He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

3   How long will you assail a person,
will you batter your victim, all of you,
as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4   Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah

5   For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6   He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7   On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

8   Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah

9   Those of low estate are but a breath,
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
10  Put no confidence in extortion,
and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

11  Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12       and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
according to their work.

EVENING PSALM 73

1   Truly God is good to the upright,
to those who are pure in heart.
2   But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
my steps had nearly slipped.
3   For I was envious of the arrogant;
I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4   For they have no pain;
their bodies are sound and sleek.
5   They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not plagued like other people.
6   Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them like a garment.
7   Their eyes swell out with fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
8   They scoff and speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
9   They set their mouths against heaven,
and their tongues range over the earth.

10  Therefore the people turn and praise them,
and find no fault in them.
11  And they say, “How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12  Such are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches.
13  All in vain I have kept my heart clean
and washed my hands in innocence.
14  For all day long I have been plagued,
and am punished every morning.

15  If I had said, “I will talk on in this way,”
I would have been untrue to the circle of your children.
16  But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17  until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I perceived their end.
18  Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19  How they are destroyed in a moment,
swept away utterly by terrors!
20  They are like a dream when one awakes;
on awaking you despise their phantoms.

21  When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22  I was stupid and ignorant;
I was like a brute beast toward you.
23  Nevertheless I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24  You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me with honor.
25  Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.
26  My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

27  Indeed, those who are far from you will perish;
you put an end to those who are false to you.
28  But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
to tell of all your works.

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