Daily Scripture Reading for
February 4, 2020
The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons
2 Samuel 18:6-14, 21-33
6 So the people went out into the field against Israel. And the battle was in the wood of Ephraim, 7 where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David; and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men. 8 For the battle there was scattered over the face of all the country; and the woods devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak; and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth, and the mule that was under him went away. 10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab and said, "Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak." 11 And Joab said unto the man who told him, "And behold, thou sawest him, and why did thou not smite him there to the ground? And I would have given thee ten shekels of silver and a girdle." 12 And the man said unto Joab, "Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son; for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, `Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.' 13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life; for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me." 14 Then said Joab, "I may not tarry thus with thee." And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
21 Then said Joab to a Cushite, "Go, tell the king what thou hast seen." And the Cushite bowed himself unto Joab and ran. 22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, "But come what may, let me, I pray thee, also run after the Cushite." And Joab said, "Why wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?" 23 "But howsoever," said he, "let me run." And he said unto him, "Run." Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and outran the Cushite.
24 And David sat between the two gates; and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man running alone. 25 And the watchman cried and told the king. And the king said, "If he be alone, there are tidings in his mouth." And he came apace and drew near. 26 And the watchman saw another man running; and the watchman called unto the gatekeeper and said, "Behold, another man running alone." And the king said, "He also bringeth tidings." 27 And the watchman said, "I think the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok." And the king said, "He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings."
28 And Ahimaaz called and said unto the king, "All is well." And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king and said, "Blessed be the LORD thy God, who hath delivered up the men who lifted up their hand against my lord the king." 29 And the king said, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" And Ahimaaz answered, "When Joab sent the king's servant and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was." 30 And the king said unto him, "Turn aside and stand here." And he turned aside and stood still.
31 And behold, the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, "Tidings, my lord the king; for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all those who rose up against thee." 32 And the king said unto the Cushite, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" And the Cushite answered, "The enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is." 33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, thus he said, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"
2 Samuel 19:1-6
1 And it was told Joab: "Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom." 2 And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people, for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son. 3 And the people got themselves by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. 4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, "O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!" 5 And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, "Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants who this day have saved thy life and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives and the lives of thy concubines, 6 in that thou lovest thine enemies and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day that thou regardest neither princes nor servants; for this day I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.
Words of Worship - Matthew 8:17b
"He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses."
21 And when Jesus had passed over again by boat unto the other side, many people gathered unto Him; and He was nigh unto the sea. 22 And behold, there came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and besought Him greatly, saying, "My little daughter lieth at the point of death. I pray Thee, come and lay Thy hands on her, that she may be healed, and she shall live." 24 And Jesus went with him, and many people followed Him and thronged Him.
25 And a certain woman who had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things under many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse, 27 when she had heard of Jesus, came up behind Him in the press of the crowd and touched His garment; 28 for she said, "If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole." 29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that virtue had gone out of Him, turned about in the press of the crowd and said,
31 And His disciples said unto Him, "Thou seest the multitude thronging Thee, and sayest Thou, `Who touched Me?'" 32 And He looked round about to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done in her, came and fell down before Him and told Him all the truth. 34 And He said unto her,
35 While He yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain ones who said, "Thy daughter is dead; why troublest thou the master any further?" 36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that had been spoken, He said unto the ruler of the synagogue,
37 And He suffered no man to follow Him, save Peter and James and John, the brother of James. 38 And He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw the tumult and those who wept and wailed greatly. 39 And when He had come in, He said unto them,
40 And they laughed Him to scorn. But when He had put them all out, He took the father and the mother of the damsel and those who were with Him, and entered in where the damsel was lying. 41 And He took the damsel by the hand and said unto her,
which is, being interpreted, "Damsel, I say unto thee, arise." 42 And straightway the damsel arose and walked, for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. 43 And He charged them strictly that no man should know about it, and commanded that something should be given her to eat.
Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 13:44
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