Scripture Reading for the
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February 21

Text taken from the
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Psalm 47

1 O clap your hands, all ye people!
Shout unto God with the voice of triumph!
2 For the LORD Most High is to be feared;
He is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us,
and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us,
the excellency of Jacob whom He loved.

5 God has gone up with a shout,
the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises unto our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reigneth over the heathen;
God sitteth upon the throne of His holiness.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together,
even the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong unto God;
He is greatly exalted.

Matthew 16:1-12

1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and testing, desired Him that He would show them a sign from Heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them,

"When it is evening ye say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' 3 And in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and lowering.' O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah."

And He left them and departed.

5 And when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said unto them,

"Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."

7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." 8 But when Jesus perceived this, He said unto them,

"O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, `because ye have brought no bread'? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread, but that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?"

12 Then understood they that He bade them not to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Acts 24:1-27

1 And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders and with him a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul. 2 And when Paul was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by thee we enjoy much quietness, most noble Felix, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, 3 we accept it always and in all places with all thankfulness. 4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear from us in thy clemency a few words. 5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, 6 who also hath gone about profaning the temple. Him we took and would have judged according to our law. 7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, 8 commanding his accusers to come unto thee, so that by examining him thyself, thou mayest have knowledge of all of these things whereof we accuse him." 9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.

10 Then Paul, after the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that thou hast been for many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself. 11 For thou mayest understand that there have been yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. 12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither stirring up the people, neither in the synagogues nor in the city. 13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess unto thee, that according to the Way, which they call heresy, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. 15 And I have hope in God, which they themselves also hold, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16 And herein do I exercise myself to have always a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men.

17 "Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings, 18 whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, with neither crowd nor tumult. 19 These ought to have been here before thee to object if they had aught against me; 20 or else let these same say here if they have found any evildoing in me when I stood before the council, 21 unless it be for this one utterance that I cried out standing among them: `Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am called into question by you this day.'"

22 And when Felix heard these things, having a more complete knowledge of that Way, he deferred the hearing and said, "When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter." 23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, but to let him have some liberties, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintances to minister or come unto him.

24 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jew, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as Paul reasoned about righteousness, temperance, and the Judgment to come, Felix trembled and answered, "Go thy way for this time. When I have a convenient occasion I will call for thee." 26 He hoped also that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him the oftener and communed with him.

27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix's position; and Felix, wanting to show the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.

Exodus 19

1 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the Wilderness of Sinai. 2 For they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the desert of Sinai and had pitched camp in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. 3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, "Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 `Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you unto Myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel."

7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together and said, "All that the LORD hath spoken we will do." And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever."

And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes 11 and be ready against the third day; for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, `Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount or touch the border of it. Whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death. 13 There shall not a hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live.' When the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount." 14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said unto the people, "Be ready against the third day. Come not at your wives."

16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 And Mount Sinai was altogether in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice. 20 And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount; and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount, and Moses went up. 21 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Go down. Charge the people, lest they break through to gaze unto the LORD, and many of them perish. 22 And let the priests also, who come near to the LORD, sanctify themselves, lest the LORD break forth upon them." 23 And Moses said unto the LORD, "The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai; for Thou charged us, saying, `Set bounds about the mount and sanctify it.'" 24 And the LORD said unto him, "Away! Get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou and Aaron with thee; but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest He break forth upon them." 25 So Moses went down unto the people and spoke unto them.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things doth the LORD hate,
yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:
a proud look, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
feet that be swift in running to mischief,
a false witness that speaketh lies,
and he that soweth discord among brethren.

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