January 26

Ex. 2:11   One day, zwhen Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their aburdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.* 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he bstruck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.  13 When che went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?”  14 He answered, d“Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.”  15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But eMoses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by fa well. 

Ex. 2:16   Now the gpriest of Midian had seven daughters, and hthey came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.  17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and iwatered their flock.  18 When they came home to their father jReuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?”  19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and iwatered the flock.”  20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may keat bread.”  21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter lZipporah.  22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name mGershom, for he said, “I have been a nsojourner* in a foreign land.” 

Ex. 2:23   oDuring those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel pgroaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. qTheir cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.  24 And rGod heard their groaning, and God sremembered his covenant with tAbraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  25 God usaw the people of Israel—and God vknew. 

Ex. 3:1   Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the wmountain of God.  2 xAnd ythe angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.  3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”  4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, zGod called to him aout of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  5 Then he said, “Do not come near; btake your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  6 And he said, c“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for dhe was afraid to look at God. 

Ex. 3:7   Then the Lord said, e“I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their ftaskmasters. I know their sufferings,  8 and gI have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and hto bring them up out of that land to a igood and broad land, a land jflowing with milk and honey, to the place of kthe Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.  9 And now, behold, lthe cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the moppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  10 nCome, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”  11 But Moses said to God, o“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  12 He said, p“But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, qyou shall serve God on this mountain.” 

Ex. 3:13   Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”  14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”* And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, r‘I am has sent me to you.’”  15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The Lord,* the sGod of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is tmy name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.  16 Go and ugather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, v“I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt,  17 and I promise that wI will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land wflowing with milk and honey.”’  18 And xthey will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel yshall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has zmet with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.’  19 But I know that the king of Egypt awill not let you go unless compelled bby a mighty hand.* 20 So cI will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with dall the wonders that I will do in it; eafter that he will let you go.  21 And fI will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty,  22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for gsilver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So hyou shall plunder the Egyptians.” 

Matt. 17:10 And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say vthat first Elijah must come?”  11 He answered, “Elijah does come, and whe will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but xdid to him whatever they pleased. ySo also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13 zThen the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. 

Matt. 17:14   aAnd when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him,  15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is ban epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.  16 And I brought him to your disciples, and cthey could not heal him.”  17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and dtwisted generation, how long am I to be with you? eHow long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus frebuked the demon,* and it* came out of him, and gthe boy was healed instantly.* 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  20 He said to them, h“Because of your little faith. For itruly, I say to you, jif you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, kyou will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and lnothing will be impossible for you.”*

Matt. 17:22   mAs they were gathering* in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on nthe third day.” And they were greatly distressed. 

Matt. 17:24   oWhen they came to Capernaum, the collectors of pthe two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?”  25 He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, q“What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or rtax? From their sons or from others?” 26 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.* Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

Psa. 22:1    uMy God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so vfar from saving me, from the words of my wgroaning? 

2 O my God, I cry by xday, but you do not answer,

and by night, but I find no rest. 

Psa. 22:3    Yet you are yholy,

zenthroned on athe praises* of Israel. 

4 In you our fathers trusted;

they trusted, and you delivered them. 

5 To you they bcried and were rescued;

in you they ctrusted and were not put to shame. 

Psa. 22:6    But I am da worm and not a man,

escorned by mankind and fdespised by the people. 

7 All who see me gmock me;

they make mouths at me; they hwag their heads; 

8 i“He trusts in the Lord; let him jdeliver him;

let him rescue him, for he kdelights in him!” 

Psa. 22:9    Yet you are he who ltook me from the womb;

you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. 

10 On you was I cast from my birth,

and from mmy mother’s womb you have been my God. 

11 Be not nfar from me,

for trouble is near,

and there is onone to help. 

Psa. 22:12    Many bulls encompass me;

pstrong bulls of qBashan surround me; 

13 they ropen wide their mouths at me,

like a ravening and roaring lion. 

Psa. 22:14    I am spoured out like water,

and all my bones are tout of joint;

my uheart is like vwax;

it is melted within my breast; 

15 my strength is wdried up like a potsherd,

and my xtongue sticks to my jaws;

you lay me in the dust of death. 

Psa. 22:16    For ydogs encompass me;

a company of evildoers zencircles me;

they have apierced my hands and feet*— 

17 I can count all my bones—

they bstare and gloat over me; 

18 cthey divide my garments among them,

and for my clothing they cast lots. 

Prov. 5:7    And inow, O sons, listen to me,

and do not depart from the words of my mouth. 

8 Keep your way far from her,

and do not go near the door of her house, 

9 lest you give your honor to others

and your years to the merciless, 

10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,

and your jlabors go to the house of a foreigner, 

11 and at the end of your life you kgroan,

when your flesh and body are consumed, 

12 and you say, l“How I hated discipline,

and my heart mdespised reproof! 

13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers

or incline my ear to my instructors. 

14 nI am at the brink of utter ruin

in the assembled congregation.” 

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