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Daily Office Lectionary: Feb. 26, 2014

7 Epiphany

First Psalm: Psalm 119:145-176

Psalm 119:145-176 (Listen)

145 With my swhole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!

I will tkeep your statutes.

146 I call to you; save me,

that I may observe your testimonies.

147 I rise before udawn and cry for help;

I vhope in your words.

148 My eyes are awake before wthe watches of the night,

that I may meditate on your promise.

149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;

O Lord, xaccording to your justice ygive me life.

150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;

they are far from your law.

151 But zyou are near, O Lord,

and all your commandments are atrue.

152 Long have I known from your testimonies

that you have bfounded them forever.

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153 Look on my caffliction and deliver me,

for dI do not forget your law.

154 ePlead my cause and redeem me;

fgive me life according to your promise!

155 gSalvation is far from the wicked,

hfor they do not seek your statutes.

156 iGreat is your mercy, O Lord;

fgive me life according to your rules.

157 jMany are my persecutors and my adversaries,

but I do not kswerve from your testimonies.

158 I look at lthe faithless with mdisgust,

because they do not keep your commands.

159 Consider how I nlove your precepts!

fGive me life according to your steadfast love.

160 oThe sum of your word is ptruth,

and every one of your qrighteous rules endures forever.

Sin and Shin

161 rPrinces persecute me swithout cause,

but my heart tstands in awe of your words.

162 I trejoice at your word

like one who ufinds great spoil.

163 I hate and abhor falsehood,

but I love vyour law.

164 Seven times a day I praise you

for your qrighteous rules.

165 Great wpeace have those who love your law;

xnothing can make them stumble.

166 I yhope for your salvation, O Lord,

and I do your commandments.

167 My soul keeps your testimonies;

I vlove them exceedingly.

168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,

zfor all my ways are before you.

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169 Let my acry come before you, O Lord;

bgive me understanding caccording to your word!

170 Let my plea come before you;

ddeliver me according to your word.

171 My lips will epour forth praise,

for you fteach me your statutes.

172 My tongue will sing of your word,

for gall your commandments are right.

173 Let your hand be ready to help me,

for I have hchosen your precepts.

174 I ilong for your salvation, O Lord,

and your law is my jdelight.

175 Let my soul live and praise you,

and let your rules help me.

176 I have kgone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,

for I do not lforget your commandments.

Second Psalm: Psalm 128; Psalm 129; Psalm 130

Psalm 128 (Listen)

Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord

A Song of mAscents.

128 fBlessed is everyone who fears the Lord,

who gwalks in his ways!

You hshall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;

you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like ia fruitful vine

within your house;

your children will be like jolive shoots

around your table.

Behold, thus shall the man be blessed

who fears the Lord.

kThe Lord bless you lfrom Zion!

May you see mthe prosperity of Jerusalem

all the days of your life!

May you see your nchildren's children!

oPeace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129 (Listen)

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

A Song of mAscents.

129 “Greatly1 have they pafflicted me qfrom my youth”—

rlet Israel now say—

“Greatly have they pafflicted me qfrom my youth,

syet they have not prevailed against me.

tThe plowers plowed uupon my back;

they made long their furrows.”

The Lord is righteous;

he has cut vthe cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion

be wput to shame and turned backward!

Let them be like xthe grass on the housetops,

which ywithers before it grows up,

with which the reaper does not fill his hand

nor the binder of sheaves his arms,

nor do those who pass by say,

a“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!

We bbless you in the name of the Lord!”

Footnotes

[1] 129:1 Or Often; also verse 2

Psalm 130 (Listen)

My Soul Waits for the Lord

A Song of mAscents.

130 Out of cthe depths I cry to you, O Lord!

O Lord, hear my voice!

dLet your ears be attentive

to ethe voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should fmark iniquities,

O Lord, who could gstand?

But with you there is hforgiveness,

ithat you may be feared.

I jwait for the Lord, kmy soul waits,

and lin his word I hope;

my soul mwaits for the Lord

more than nwatchmen for othe morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, phope in the Lord!

For qwith the Lord there is steadfast love,

and with him is plentiful redemption.

And he will rredeem Israel

from all his iniquities.

Old Testament: Proverbs 6:1-19

Proverbs 6:1-19 (Listen)

Practical Warnings

My son, if you have put up esecurity for your neighbor,

have egiven your pledge for a stranger,

if you are fsnared in the words of your mouth,

caught in the words of your mouth,

then do this, my son, and save yourself,

for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:

go, hasten,1 and gplead urgently with your neighbor.

hGive your eyes no sleep

and your eyelids no slumber;

save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,2

ilike a bird from the hand of the fowler.

jGo to kthe ant, O lsluggard;

consider her ways, and mbe wise.

nWithout having any chief,

oofficer, or ruler,

she prepares her bread pin summer

and qgathers her food in harvest.

rHow long will you lie there, lO sluggard?

When will you arise from your sleep?

10 sA little sleep, a little slumber,

ta little sfolding of the hands to rest,

11 uand poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want like an armed man.

12 vA worthless person, a wicked man,

goes about with wcrooked speech,

13 xwinks with his eyes, signals3 with his feet,

points with his finger,

14 with yperverted heart zdevises evil,

continually asowing discord;

15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;

bin a moment he will be broken cbeyond healing.

16 There are dsix things that the Lord hates,

dseven that are an abomination to him:

17 ehaughty eyes, fa lying tongue,

and ghands that shed innocent blood,

18 ha heart that devises wicked plans,

ifeet that make haste to run to evil,

19 ja false witness who kbreathes out lies,

and one who asows discord among brothers.

Footnotes

[1] 6:3 Or humble yourself
[2] 6:5 Hebrew lacks of the hunter
[3] 6:13 Hebrew scrapes

New Testament: 1 John 5:1-12

1 John 5:1-12 (Listen)

Overcoming the World

kEveryone who believes that lJesus is the Christ has been born of God, and meveryone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. nBy this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For othis is the love of God, that we pkeep his commandments. And qhis commandments are not burdensome. For reveryone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—sour faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes tthat Jesus is the Son of God?

Testimony Concerning the Son of God

This is he who came uby water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And vthe Spirit is the one who testifies, because wthe Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. xIf we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God ythat he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God zhas the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God ahas made him a liar, bbecause he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us ceternal life, and dthis life is in his Son. 12 eWhoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Gospel: John 11:45-54

John 11:45-54 (Listen)

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 nMany of the Jews therefore, owho had come with Mary and phad seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees qgathered rthe council and said, s“What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and tthe Romans will come and take away both our uplace and our nation.” 49 But one of them, vCaiaphas, wwho was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that xit is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but ybeing high priest that year zhe prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and anot for the nation only, but also bto gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they cmade plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore dno longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.