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February 8

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 35:22-28

22 This Thou hast seen, O LORD; 
keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me. 
23 Stir up Thyself, and awake to my judgment, 
even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. 
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Thy righteousness; 
and let them not rejoice over me. 
25 Let them not say in their hearts, "Ah, so would we have it!" 
Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up." 
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at my hurt;
let them be clothed with shame and dishonor that magnify themselves against me. 

27 Let them shout for joy and be glad that favor my righteous cause; 
yea, let them say continually, "Let the LORD be magnified who hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." 
28 And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness 
and of Thy praise all the day long.

Matthew 13:1-17

1 The same day, Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaside. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a boat and sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 And He spoke many things unto them in parables, saying,

"Behold, a sower went forth to sow. 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside; and the fowls came and devoured them up. 5 Some fell upon stony places where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth. 6 And when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

10 And the disciples came and said unto Him, "Why speakest Thou unto them in parables?" 11 He answered and said unto them,

"Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. But whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables, because seeing, they see not, and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith,

'By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive.
15 For this people's heart has waxed gross,
and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed;
lest at any time they should see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and should understand with their heart,
and should be converted, and I should heal them.'

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Acts 18:1-11

1 After these things, Paul departed from Athens and came to Corinth. 2 There he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus and lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome. Paul went unto them, 3 and because he was of the same craft, he lodged with them and worked; for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

5 And when Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 6 But when they opposed themselves and blasphemed, he shook his raiment and said unto them, "Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles."

7 And he departed thence and entered into a certain man's house named Justus, one who worshiped God and whose house was adjoining the synagogue. 8 And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, with all his house. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. 9 Then the Lord spoke to Paul in the night through a vision, saying,

"Be not afraid, but speak and hold not thy peace. 10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set upon thee to hurt thee, for I have many people in this city."

11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the Word of God among them.

Exodus 1

1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel who came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah, 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin, 4 Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. 5 And all the souls who came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls, for Joseph was in Egypt already. 6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7 And the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people, "Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. 10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them, lest they multiply and it come to pass, when there befalleth any war, that they join also unto our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land." 11 Therefore they set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew; and they were grieved because of the children of Israel. 13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor. 14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar and in brick and in all manner of service in the field; all their service wherein they made them serve was with rigor.

15 And the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah. 16 And he said, "When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women and see them upon the birthstools, if it be a son then ye shall kill him; but if it be a daughter then she shall live." 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. 18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said unto them, "Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?" 19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them." 20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty. 21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that He made them houses.

22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, "Every son who is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive."

Words of Wisdom - 2 Chronicles 16:9a

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.


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