Daily scripture readings from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Thursday, February 15

Today's readings include passages from Psalms, Habakkuk, Philippians and John.

Psalm 37

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;     be not envious of wrongdoers! 2 For they will soon fade like the grass     and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;     dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord;     trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,     and your justice as the noonday. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;     fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,     over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!     Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,     but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. 10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;     though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. 11 But the meek shall inherit the land     and delight themselves in abundant peace. 12 The wicked plots against the righteous     and gnashes his teeth at him, 13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,     for he sees that his day is coming. 14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows     to bring down the poor and needy,     to slay those whose way is upright; 15 their sword shall enter their own heart,     and their bows shall be broken. 16 Better is the little that the righteous has     than the abundance of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,     but the Lord upholds the righteous. 18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,     and their heritage will remain forever; 19 they are not put to shame in evil times;     in the days of famine they have abundance. 20 But the wicked will perish;     the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;     they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. 21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,     but the righteous is generous and gives; 22 for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,     but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,     when he delights in his way; 24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,     for the Lord upholds his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old,     yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken     or his children begging for bread. 26 He is ever lending generously,     and his children become a blessing. 27 Turn away from evil and do good;     so shall you dwell forever. 28 For the Lord loves justice;     he will not forsake his saints.     They are preserved forever,     but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land     and dwell upon it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,     and his tongue speaks justice. 31 The law of his God is in his heart;     his steps do not slip. 32 The wicked watches for the righteous     and seeks to put him to death. 33 The Lord will not abandon him to his power     or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. 34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,     and he will exalt you to inherit the land;     you will look on when the wicked are cut off. 35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,     spreading himself like a green laurel tree. 36 But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;     though I sought him, he could not be found. 37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,     for there is a future for the man of peace. 38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;     the future of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;     he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. 40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;     he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,     because they take refuge in him.

Habakkuk 3:1-18

1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. 2 Lord, I have heard the report of you,     and your work, O Lord, do I fear.     In the midst of the years revive it;     in the midst of the years make it known;     in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman,     and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah     His splendor covered the heavens,     and the earth was full of his praise. 4 His brightness was like the light;     rays flashed from his hand;     and there he veiled his power. 5 Before him went pestilence,     and plague followed at his heels. 6 He stood and measured the earth;     he looked and shook the nations;     then the eternal mountains were scattered;     the everlasting hills sank low.     His were the everlasting ways. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;     the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?     Was your anger against the rivers,     or your indignation against the sea,     when you rode on your horses,     on your chariot of salvation? 9 You stripped the sheath from your bow,     calling for many arrows. Selah     You split the earth with rivers. 10 The mountains saw you and writhed;     the raging waters swept on;     the deep gave forth its voice;     it lifted its hands on high. 11 The sun and moon stood still in their place     at the light of your arrows as they sped,     at the flash of your glittering spear. 12 You marched through the earth in fury;     you threshed the nations in anger. 13 You went out for the salvation of your people,     for the salvation of your anointed.     You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,     laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah 14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors,     who came like a whirlwind to scatter me,     rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. 15 You trampled the sea with your horses,     the surging of mighty waters. 16 I hear, and my body trembles;     my lips quiver at the sound;     rottenness enters into my bones;     my legs tremble beneath me.     Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble     to come upon people who invade us. 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,     nor fruit be on the vines,     the produce of the olive fail     and the fields yield no food,     the flock be cut off from the fold     and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;     I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained. 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

John 17:1-8

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. 6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

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