Scripture Reading for the
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February 17

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 43

1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;
O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
2 For Thou art the God of my strength; why dost Thou cast me off?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out Thy light and Thy truth! Let them lead me.
Let them bring me unto Thy holy hill and to Thy tabernacles.
4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy;
yea, upon the harp will I praise Thee, O God, my God.

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

Matthew 15:1-9

1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, who were from Jerusalem, saying, 2 "Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread." 3 But He answered and said unto them,

"Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, `Honor thy father and mother,' and, `He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.' 5 But ye say that whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, 'by whatsoever thou might have profited by me, it is a gift,' 6 and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

8 'This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoreth Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
9 But in vain they do worship Me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.'"

Acts 21:27-40

27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews who were from Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people and laid hands on him, 28 crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teacheth all men everywhere against the people and the law and this place, and furthermore brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place." 29 (For they had seen previously with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.) 30 And all the city was moved and the people ran together, and they took Paul and dragged him out of the temple; and forthwith the doors were shut. 31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the garrison that all Jerusalem was in an uproar, 32 who immediately took soldiers and centurions and ran down unto them; and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left off beating Paul. 33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him and commanded that he be bound with two chains, and demanded who he was and what he had done. 34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude. And when he could learn nothing with certainty because of the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. 35 And when Paul came upon the stairs, so it was that he had to be borne by the soldiers because of the violence of the people. 36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, "Away with him!"

37 And as Paul was about to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, "May I speak unto thee?" And he said, "Canst thou speak Greek? 38 Art not thou that Egyptian who prior to these days madest an uproar and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men who were murderers?" 39 But Paul said, "I am a man who am a Jew of Tarsus, a city of Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city; and I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people." 40 And when he had given him leave, Paul stood on the stairs and beckoned with his hand unto the people. And when there fell a great silence, he spoke unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying:

Acts 22:1-16

1 "Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense which I make now unto you." 2 (And when they heard that he spoke in the Hebrew tongue to them, they were the more silent.) And he said, 3 "I am verily a man who am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city of Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. 4 And I persecuted this Way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, 5 as also the high priest doth bear me witness and all the council of the elders. From them I also received letters unto the brethren, and I went to Damascus to bring those who were there bound unto Jerusalem to be punished.

6 "And it came to pass that, as I made my journey and had come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me. 7 And I fell unto the ground and heard a voice saying unto me, `Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?' 8 And I answered, `Who art Thou, Lord?' And He said unto me, `I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.' 9 And those who were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid, but they heard not the voice of Him that spoke to me. 10 And I said, `What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said unto me, `Arise and go into Damascus, and there it shall be told thee of all the things which are appointed for thee to do.' 11 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus.

12 "And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, of good report among all the Jews who dwelt there, 13 came unto me and stood and said unto me, `Brother Saul, receive thy sight!' And that same hour I looked up upon him. 14 And he said, `The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know His will and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His mouth. 15 For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. 16 And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'

Exodus 14

1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 2 "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baalzephon; before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, `They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.' 4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored above Pharaoh, and above all his host, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so.

5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled; and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, "Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?" 6 And he made ready his chariot and took his people with him, 7 and he took six hundred chosen chariots and all the chariots of Egypt and captains over every one of them. 8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with a high hand. 9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid; and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11 And they said unto Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we told thee in Egypt, saying, `Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians'? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness." 13 And Moses said unto the people, "Fear ye not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show to you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." 15 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Why criest thou unto Me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. 16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea and divide it; and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them; and I will get Myself honor above Pharaoh and above all his host, above his chariots and above his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD when I have gotten Myself honor above Pharaoh, above his chariots, and above his horsemen."

19 And the angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face and stood behind them. 20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these, so that the one came not near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And it came to pass that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians. 25 And He took off their chariot wheels, that they drove them heavily, so that the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians."

26 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen." 27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared. And the Egyptians fled against it, and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. There remained not so much as one of them. 29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand and on their left.

30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore. 31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians; and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD and His servant Moses.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 1:11

There is no remembrance of former things,
neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those that shall come after.

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