Scripture Reading for the
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February 1

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Psalm 30

1 I will extol Thee, O LORD, for Thou hast lifted me up,
and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried unto Thee,
and Thou hast healed me.
3 O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave;
Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye His saints,
and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
5 For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life;
weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I said,
"I shall never be moved."
7 LORD, by Thy favor Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong;
when Thou didst hide Thy face, I was troubled.
8 I cried to Thee, O LORD;
and unto the LORD I made supplication:
9 "What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me;
LORD, be Thou my helper!"

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing;
Thou hast put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever.

Matthew 11:1-19

1 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished commanding His twelve disciples, He departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

2 Now when John had heard in prison of the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, 3 and they said unto Him, "Art thou He that should come, or do we look for another?" 4 Jesus answered and said unto them,

"Go and show John again those things which ye hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me."

7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John,

"What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 8 But what went ye out to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 9 But what went ye out to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written:

'Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face,
who shall prepare Thy way before Thee.'

11 Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women, there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist; notwithstanding, he that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elijah, who was to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

16 "But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets and calling unto their fellows, 17 and saying,

'We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced;
we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.'

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He hath a devil!' 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold a gluttonous man and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."

Acts 14:19-28

19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium who persuaded the people; and having stoned Paul, they dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead. 20 However, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up and came into the city; and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 And when they had preached the Gospel to that city and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and Antioch, 22 confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God. 23 And when they had ordained elders in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they believed.

24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25 And when they had preached the Word in Perga, they went down into Attalia 26 and thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. 27 And when they had come and had gathered the church together, they recounted all that God had done with them, and how He had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. 28 And there they remained a long time with the disciples.

Genesis 42

1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, "Why do ye look one upon another?" 2 And he said, "Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Go down thither and buy for us from thence, that we may live and not die." 3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. 4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren, for he said, "Lest perhaps mischief befall him." 5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was who sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph's brethren came and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. 7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he recognized them, but made himself as a stranger unto them and spoke roughly unto them; and he said unto them, "From whence come ye?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food." 8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed about them, and said unto them, "Ye are spies! To see the nakedness of the land ye have come!" 10 And they said unto him, "Nay, my lord, but to buy food have thy servants come. 11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies." 12 And he said unto them, "Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye have come." 13 And they said, "Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is no more." 14 And Joseph said unto them, "That is it that I spoke unto you, saying, `Ye are spies!' 15 Hereby ye shall be tested: by the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, unless your youngest brother come hither. 16 Send one of you and let him fetch your brother; and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be tested, whether there be any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies!" 17 And he put them all together into custody three days.

18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, "This do, and live, for I fear God: 19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the prison house. Go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses. 20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die." And they did so. 21 And they said one to another, "We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul when he besought us, and we would not hear. Therefore has this distress come upon us." 22 And Reuben answered them, saying, "Spoke I not unto you, saying, `Do not sin against the child'; and ye would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required." 23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them, for he spoke unto them by an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself away from them and wept; and returned to them again and communed with them, and took from them Simeon and bound him before their eyes. 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way; and thus did he unto them.

26 And they laded their asses with the corn and departed thence. 27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender at the inn, he espied his money; for behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 28 And he said unto his brethren, "My money is restored; and lo, it is even in my sack." And their heart failed them and they were afraid, saying one to another, "What is this that God hath done unto us?"

29 And they came unto Jacob their father, unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell them, saying, 30 "The man who is the lord of the land spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 And we said unto him, `We are true men; we are no spies. 32 We are twelve brethren, sons of our father. One is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.' 33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, `Hereby shall I know that ye are true men: Leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone; 34 and bring your youngest brother unto me. Then shall I know that ye are not spies, but that ye are true men; so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land.'"

35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack; and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their father said unto them, "Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and ye will take Benjamin away. All these things are against me." 37 And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying, "Slay my two sons if I bring him not to thee. Deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again." 38 And he said, "My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If mischief befall him by the way in which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 3:4

4 and he that honoreth his mother is as one that layeth up treasure. 

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