Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
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February 16

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 42

1 As the hart panteth for the water brooks,
so panteth my soul for Thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God;
when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they continually say unto me, "Where is thy God?"

4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me,
for I had gone with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise,
with a multitude that kept holyday.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God,
for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
therefore will I remember Thee from the land of Jordan and of the Hermonites, from the hill of Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of Thy waterspouts;
all Thy waves and Thy billows have gone over me.
8 Yet the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
and in the night His song shall be with me and my prayer unto the God of my life.

9 I will say unto God my rock, "Why hast Thou forgotten me?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me,
while they say daily unto me, "Where is thy God?"

11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
who is the health of my countenance and my God.

Matthew 14:22-36

22 And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a boat and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up onto a mountain apart to pray. And when evening had come, He was there alone. 24 But the boat was now in the midst of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a spirit"; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spoke unto them, saying,

"Be of good cheer. It is I; be not afraid."

28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water." 29 And He said,


And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, "Lord, save me!" 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him and said unto him,

"O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?"

32 And when they had come into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "In truth Thou art the Son of God."

34 And when they had gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place learned of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all who were diseased. 36 And they besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Acts 21:15-26

15 And after those days we took up our baggage and went up to Jerusalem. 16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, who brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we were to lodge. 17 And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18 And the day following, Paul went with us unto James, and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord and said unto him, "Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who believe, and they are all zealous for the law. 21 And they are informed about thee, that thou teachest all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor walk according to the customs. 22 What is therefore to be done? The multitude must surely come together, for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore this which we say to thee: We have four men who have taken a vow upon themselves. 24 Take them and purify thyself with them, and bear their charges with them, that they may shave their heads; and all may know that those things of which they have been informed concerning thee are nothing, but that thou thyself also walkest orderly and keepest the law. 25 And as to the Gentiles who believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication." 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purifying himself with them, he entered into the temple to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until an offering should be offered for every one of them.

Exodus 13

1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 2 "Sanctify unto Me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast; it is Mine."

3 And Moses said unto the people, "Remember this day in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place. There shall no leavened bread be eaten. 4 This day came ye out, in the month Abib.

5 "And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters. 8 And thou shalt show thy son in that day, saying, `This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt.' 9 And it shall be as a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth; for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. 10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year.

11 "And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it to thee, 12 that thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the womb, and every firstling that cometh from a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD'S. 13 And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck; and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem. 14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, `What is this?' that thou shalt say unto him, `By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage. 15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast; therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the womb, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.' 16 And it shall be as a token upon thine hand, and as frontlets between thine eyes; for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt."

17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, "Lest perhaps the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt." 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went up by five in a rank out of the land of Egypt. 19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him; for he had strictly sworn the children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you." 20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness. 21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, to go by day and night. 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night from before the people.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 4:23-24

And refrain not to speak when there is occasion to do good,
and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.

For by speech wisdom shall be known,
and learning by the word of the tongue.

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