Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

 February 4

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 32

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 When I kept silent, my bones waxed old through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; the sap of my soul was turned into the drought of summer.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto Thee,
and mine iniquity have I not hid.
I said, "I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD,"
and Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.

6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found;
surely the floods of great waters shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place;
Thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

8 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go;
I will guide thee with Mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle,
lest they not come near unto thee."

10 Many shall be the sorrows of the wicked;
but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, ye righteous;
and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart!

Matthew 12:9-21

9 And when He had departed thence, He went into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had his hand withered. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days?" -- that they might accuse Him. 11 And He said unto them,

"What man shall there be among you that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will not lay hold on it and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days."

13 Then He said to the man,

"Stretch forth thine hand."

And he stretched it forth, and it was restored whole like the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him. 15 But when Jesus knew of it, He withdrew Himself from thence.

And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 And He charged them that they should not make Him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,

18 "Behold My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased:
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
and He shall show judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive nor cry,
neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall He not break,
and smoking flax shall He not quench
till He send forth judgment unto victory;
21 and in His name shall the Gentiles trust."

Acts 16:1-15

1 Then Paul came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there named Timothy, the son of a certain woman who was a Jewess who believed, but whose father was a Greek. 2 He was well reported of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him Paul wanted to have go forth with him, and took and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those quarters, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered unto them the decrees to keep, that had been ordained by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Ghost to preach the Word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered permit not. 8 And passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: there stood a man of Macedonia beseeching him, saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us." 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Gospel unto them.

11 Therefore casting loose from Troas we made a straight course to Samothrace, and the next day Neapolis, 12 and from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony. And we stayed in that city a number of days. 13 And on the Sabbath, we went out of the city by a riverside where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down and spoke unto the women who resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, heard us; and the Lord opened her heart to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul. 15 And when she was baptized with her household, she besought us, saying, "If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and abide there." And she constrained us.

Genesis 45

1 Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, "Cause every man to go out from me!" And there stood no man with him while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. 3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, "I am Joseph. Doth my father yet live?" And his brethren could not answer him, for they were troubled at his presence. 4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, "Come near to me, I pray you." And they came near; and he said, "I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved nor angry with yourselves that ye sold me hither, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land, and yet there are five years in which there shall neither be planting nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God; and He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 9 Hasten ye, and go up to my father and say unto him, `Thus saith thy son Joseph: God hath made me lord of all Egypt. Come down unto me, tarry not; 10 and thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me -- thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks and thy herds and all that thou hast. 11 And there will I nourish thee (for yet there are five years of famine), lest thou and thy household and all that thou hast come to poverty.' 12 And behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you. 13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall make haste and bring down my father hither." 14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them; and after that his brethren talked with him.

16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brethren have come"; and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. 17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, "Say unto thy brethren, `This do ye: Load your beasts and go, get you unto the land of Canaan. 18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me; and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.' 19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye: `Take with you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Also, regard not your possessions, for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"

21 And the children of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 23 And to his father he sent in this manner: ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten sheasses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father on the way. 24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed; and he said unto them, "See that ye fall not out on the way." 25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, 26 and told him, saying, "Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. 27 And they told him all the words of Joseph which he had said unto them; and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived. 28 And Israel said, "It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive! I will go and see him before I die."

Words of Wisdom -  Ecclesiasticus 3:7-8

He that feareth the Lord will honor his father, 
and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters. 
Honor thy father and mother both in word and deed, 
that a blessing may come upon thee from them. 

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