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Daily Readings for February 21
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Exodus 33

 

1.Yahweh spoke to Moses, "Depart, go up from here, you and the people that you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your seed.' 2.I will send an angel before you; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: 3.to a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of you, for you are a stiff-necked people, lest I consume you in the way."

4.When the people heard this evil news, they mourned: and no one put on his jewelry.

5.Yahweh said to Moses, "Tell the children of Israel, 'You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go up into your midst for one moment, I would consume you. Therefore now take off your jewelry from you, that I may know what to do to you.'"

6.The children of Israel stripped themselves of their jewelry from Mount Horeb onward.

7.Now Moses used to take the tent and to pitch it outside the camp, far away from the camp, and he called it "The Tent of Meeting." It happened that everyone who sought Yahweh went out to the Tent of Meeting, which was outside the camp. 8.It happened that when Moses went out to the Tent, that all the people rose up, and stood, everyone at their tent door, and watched Moses, until he had gone into the Tent. 9.It happened, when Moses entered into the Tent, that the pillar of cloud descended, stood at the door of the Tent, and spoke with Moses. 10.All the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the door of the Tent, and all the people rose up and worshiped, everyone at their tent door. 11.Yahweh spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. He turned again into the camp, but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, didn't depart out of the Tent.

12.Moses said to Yahweh, "Behold, you tell me, 'Bring up this people:' and you haven't let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, 'I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.' 13.Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you, so that I may find favor in your sight: and consider that this nation is your people."

14.He said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

15.He said to him, "If your presence doesn't go with me, don't carry us up from here. 16.For how would people know that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Isn't it in that you go with us, so that we are separated, I and your people, from all the people who are on the surface of the earth?"

17.Yahweh said to Moses, "I will do this thing also that you have spoken; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name."

18.He said, "Please show me your glory."

19.He said, "I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of Yahweh before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy." 20.He said, "You cannot see my face, for man may not see me and live." 21.Yahweh also said, "Behold, there is a place by me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22.It will happen, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; 23.then I will take away my hand, and you will see my back; but my face shall not be seen."

 

Exodus 34

 

1.Yahweh said to Moses, "Chisel two stone tablets like the first: and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2.Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain. 3.No one shall come up with you; neither let anyone be seen throughout all the mountain; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mountain."

4.He chiseled two tablets of stone like the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up to Mount Sinai, as Yahweh had commanded him, and took in his hand two stone tablets. 5.Yahweh descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of Yahweh. 6.Yahweh passed by before him, and proclaimed, "Yahweh! Yahweh, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth, 7.keeping loving kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and disobedience and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the children's children, on the third and on the fourth generation."

8.Moses hurried and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 9.He said, "If now I have found favor in your sight, Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us; although this is a stiff-necked people; pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance."

10.He said, "Behold, I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been worked in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among which you are shall see the work of Yahweh; for it is an awesome thing that I do with you. 11.Observe that which I command you this day. Behold, I drive out before you the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 12.Be careful, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you: 13.but you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and you shall cut down their Asherim; 14.for you shall worship no other god: for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

15."Don't make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, lest they play the prostitute after their gods, and sacrifice to their gods, and one call you and you eat of his sacrifice; 16.and you take of their daughters to your sons, and their daughters play the prostitute after their gods, and make your sons play the prostitute after their gods.

17."You shall make no cast idols for yourselves.

18."You shall keep the feast of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib; for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt.

19."All that opens the womb is mine; and all your livestock that is male, the firstborn of cow and sheep. 20.The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb: and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. No one shall appear before me empty.

21."Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest: in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.

22."You shall observe the feast of weeks with the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of harvest at the year's end. 23.Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord Yahweh, the God of Israel. 24.For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders; neither shall any man desire your land when you go up to appear before Yahweh, your God, three times in the year.

25."You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left to the morning.

26."You shall bring the first of the first fruits of your ground to the house of Yahweh your God.

"You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk."

27.Yahweh said to Moses, "Write you these words: for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."

28.He was there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread, nor drank water. He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

29.It happened, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mountain, that Moses didn't know that the skin of his face shone by reason of his speaking with him. 30.When Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him. 31.Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him; and Moses spoke to them. 32.Afterward all the children of Israel came near, and he gave them all of the commandments that Yahweh had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33.When Moses was done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. 34.But when Moses went in before Yahweh to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out; and he came out, and spoke to the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 35.The children of Israel saw Moses' face, that the skin of Moses' face shone: and Moses put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

 

Psalm 90

 

1.Lord,31 you have been our dwelling place for all generations. 2.Before the mountains were brought forth, before you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. 3.You turn man to destruction, saying, "Return, you children of men." 4.For a thousand years in your sight are just like yesterday when it is past, like a watch in the night. 5.You sweep them away as they sleep. In the morning they sprout like new grass. 6.In the morning it sprouts and springs up. By evening, it is withered and dry. 7.For we are consumed in your anger. We are troubled in your wrath. 8.You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. 9.For all our days have passed away in your wrath. We bring our years to an end as a sigh. 10.The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away. 11.Who knows the power of your anger, your wrath according to the fear that is due to you? 12.So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 13.Relent, Yahweh!32 How long? Have compassion on your servants! 14.Satisfy us in the morning with your loving kindness, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15.Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen evil. 16.Let your work appear to your servants; your glory to their children. 17.Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

 

Psalm 91

 

1.He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2.I will say of Yahweh, "He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust." 3.For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence. 4.He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart. 5.You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; 6.nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7.A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you. 8.You will only look with your eyes, and see the recompense of the wicked. 9.Because you have made Yahweh your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, 10.no evil shall happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. 11.For he will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways. 12.They will bear you up in their hands, so that you won't dash your foot against a stone. 13.You will tread on the lion and cobra. You will trample the young lion and the serpent underfoot. 14."Because he has set his love on me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name. 15.He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honor him. 16.I will satisfy him with long life, and show him my salvation."

 

1Corinthians 3

 

1.Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ. 2.I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, not even now are you ready, 3.for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly, and don't you walk in the ways of men? 4.For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," aren't you fleshly? 5.Who then is Apollos, and who is Paul, but servants through whom you believed; and each as the Lord gave to him? 6.I planted. Apollos watered. But God gave the increase. 7.So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8.Now he who plants and he who waters are the same, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9.For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building. 10.According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it. 11.For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12.But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; 13.each man's work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man's work is. 14.If any man's work remains which he built on it, he will receive a reward. 15.If any man's work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved, but as through fire.

16.Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17.If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are. 18.Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks that he is wise among you in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. 19.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He has taken the wise in their craftiness."6 20.And again, "The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."7 21.Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22.whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come. All are yours, 23.and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

 

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