Scripture Reading for the
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February 19

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Psalm 45

1 My heart is composing a goodly matter; I speak of the verses which I have made concerning the King;
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into Thy lips;
therefore God hath blessed Thee for ever.
3 Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O most Mighty,
with Thy glory and Thy majesty.
4 And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness;
and Thy right hand shall teach Thee fearsome things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies,
whereby the people fall under Thee.

6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever;
the scepter of Thy Kingdom is a righteous scepter.
7 Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness;
therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
8 All Thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia,
out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made Thee glad.
9 Kings' daughters were among Thy honorable women;
at Thy right hand stood the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider and incline thine ear;
forget also thine own people and thy father's house.
11 So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty,
for He is thy Lord; worship thou Him.
12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift;
even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favor.

13 The King's daughter is all glorious within;
her clothing is of wrought gold.
14 She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework;
the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto Thee.
15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought;
they shall enter into the King's palace.

16 Instead of Thy fathers shall be Thy children,
whom Thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
17 I will make Thy name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise Thee for ever and ever.

Matthew 15:21-28

21 Then Jesus went thence and departed into the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same region and cried unto Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David! My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and besought Him, saying, "Send her away, for she crieth after us." 24 But He answered and said,

"I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord help me." 26 But He answered and said,

"It is not meet to take children's bread and cast it to dogs."

27 And she said, "Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her,

"O woman, great is thy faith. Be it unto thee even as thou wilt."

And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Acts 22:30

30 On the morrow, because he would know with certainty why he was accused by the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.

Acts 23:1-11

1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God to this day." 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul unto him, "God shall smite thee, thou whited wall! For sittest thou to judge me according to the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?" 4 And those who stood by said, "Revilest thou God's high priest?" 5 Then said Paul, "I knew not, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written: `Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.'"

6 But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out to the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: for the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called into question!" 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the multitude was divided. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. 9 And there arose a great cry, and the scribes who were on the Pharisees' side arose and strove, saying, "We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God." 10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle. 11 And that night the Lord stood by him and said,

"Be of good cheer, Paul; for as thou hast testified for Me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome."

Exodus 16

1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 And the children of Israel said unto them, "Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and when we ate bread to the full! For ye have brought us forth into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may put them to the proof, whether they will walk in My law, or no. 5 And it shall come to pass that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." 6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, "At evening, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt; 7 and in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD, for He heareth your murmurings against the LORD. And what are we, that ye murmur against us?" 8 And Moses said, "This shall be when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat and in the morning bread to the full, for the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against Him. And what are we? Your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD."

9 And Moses spoke unto Aaron, "Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, `Come near before the LORD, for He hath heard your murmurings.'" 10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spoke unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. 11 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, 12 "I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel. Speak unto them, saying, `At evening ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.'"

13 And it came to pass that at evening the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay round about the host. 14 And when the dew that lay had gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoarfrost on the ground. 15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, "What is this?" For they knew not what it was. And Moses said unto them, "This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded: `Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons. Take ye every man for those who are in his tents.'" 17 And the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 18 And when they measured it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. 19 And Moses said, "Let no man leave any of it until the morning." 20 Notwithstanding, they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left part of it until the morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was wroth with them. 21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating; and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

22 And it came to pass that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man; and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 23 And he said unto them, "This is that which the LORD hath said: `Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD. Bake that which ye will bake today, and boil what ye will boil; and that which remaineth over lay up for yourselves to be kept until the morning.'" 24 And they laid it up until the morning, as Moses bade; and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. 25 And Moses said, "Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath unto the LORD. Today ye shall not find it in the field. 26 Six days ye shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none." 27 And it came to pass that there went out some of the people on the seventh day to gather, and they found none. 28 And the LORD said unto Moses, "How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws? 29 See, for the LORD hath given you the Sabbath; therefore He giveth you on the sixth day the bread for two days. Abide ye every man in his place. Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.

31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof manna; and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 32 And Moses said, "This is the thing which the LORD commandeth: `Fill an omer with it to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.'" 33 And Moses said unto Aaron, "Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD to be kept for your generations." 34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the testimony, to be kept. 35 And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited. They ate manna until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan. 36 Now an omer is a tenth part of an ephah.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 4:28

Strive for the truth unto death,
and the Lord shall fight for thee.

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