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February 2


Exodus 15:1-27
1. Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD: "I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has thrown both horse and rider into the sea.
2. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my victory. He is my God, and I will praise him; he is my father's God, and I will exalt him!
3. The LORD is a warrior; yes, the LORD is his name!
4. Pharaoh's chariots and armies, he has thrown into the sea. The very best of Pharaoh's officers have been drowned in the Red Sea.
5. The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the bottom like a stone.
6. "Your right hand, O LORD, is glorious in power. Your right hand, O LORD, dashes the enemy to pieces.
7. In the greatness of your majesty, you overthrew those who rose against you. Your anger flashed forth; it consumed them as fire burns straw.
8. At the blast of your breath, the waters piled up! The surging waters stood straight like a wall; in the middle of the sea the waters became hard.
9. "The enemy said, `I will chase them, catch up with them, and destroy them. I will divide the plunder, avenging myself against them. I will unsheath my sword; my power will destroy them.'
10. But with a blast of your breath, the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11. "Who else among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is glorious in holiness like you--so awesome in splendor, performing such wonders?
12. You raised up your hand, and the earth swallowed our enemies.
13. "With unfailing love you will lead this people whom you have ransomed. You will guide them in your strength to the place where your holiness dwells.
14. The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia.
15. The leaders of Edom will be terrified; the nobles of Moab will tremble. All the people of Canaan will melt with fear;
16. terror and dread will overcome them. Because of your great power, they will be silent like a stone, until your people pass by, O LORD, until the people whom you purchased pass by.
17. You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain--the place you have made as your home, O LORD, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have made.
18. The LORD will reign forever and ever!"
19. When Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea, the LORD brought the water crashing down on them. But the people of Israel had walked through on dry land!
20. Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine and led all the women in rhythm and dance.
21. And Miriam sang this song: "I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has thrown both horse and rider into the sea."
22. Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the Shur Desert. They traveled in this desert for three days without water.
23. When they came to Marah, they finally found water. But the people couldn't drink it because it was bitter. (That is why the place was called Marah, which means "bitter.")
24. Then the people turned against Moses. "What are we going to drink?" they demanded.
25. So Moses cried out to the LORD for help, and the LORD showed him a branch. Moses took the branch and threw it into the water. This made the water good to drink. It was there at Marah that the LORD laid before them the following conditions to test their faithfulness to him:
26. "If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and laws, then I will not make you suffer the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you."
27. After leaving Marah, they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the springs.

Exodus 16:1-36
1. Then they left Elim and journeyed into the Sin Desert, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there a month after leaving Egypt.
2. There, too, the whole community of Israel spoke bitterly against Moses and Aaron.
3. "Oh, that we were back in Egypt," they moaned. "It would have been better if the LORD had killed us there! At least there we had plenty to eat. But now you have brought us into this desert to starve us to death."
4. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Look, I'm going to rain down food from heaven for you. The people can go out each day and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether they will follow my instructions.
5. Tell them to pick up twice as much as usual on the sixth day of each week."
6. Then Moses and Aaron called a meeting of all the people of Israel and told them, "In the evening you will realize that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
7. In the morning you will see the glorious presence of the LORD. He has heard your complaints, which are against the LORD and not against us.
8. The LORD will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread in the morning, for he has heard all your complaints against him. Yes, your complaints are against the LORD, not against us."
9. Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say this to the entire community of Israel: `Come into the LORD's presence, and hear his reply to your complaints.'"
10. And as Aaron spoke to the people, they looked out toward the desert. Within the guiding cloud, they could see the awesome glory of the LORD.
11. And the LORD said to Moses,
12. "I have heard the people's complaints. Now tell them, `In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.'"
13. That evening vast numbers of quail arrived and covered the camp. The next morning the desert all around the camp was wet with dew.
14. When the dew disappeared later in the morning, thin flakes, white like frost, covered the ground.
15. The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. "What is it?" they asked. And Moses told them, "It is the food the LORD has given you.
16. The LORD says that each household should gather as much as it needs. Pick up two quarts for each person."
17. So the people of Israel went out and gathered this food--some getting more, and some getting less.
18. By gathering two quarts for each person, everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.
19. Then Moses told them, "Do not keep any of it overnight."
20. But, of course, some of them didn't listen and kept some of it until morning. By then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. And Moses was very angry with them.
21. The people gathered the food morning by morning, each family according to its need. And as the sun became hot, the food they had not picked up melted and disappeared.
22. On the sixth day, there was twice as much as usual on the ground--four quarts for each person instead of two. The leaders of the people came and asked Moses why this had happened.
23. He replied, "The LORD has appointed tomorrow as a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. On this day we will rest from our normal daily tasks. So bake or boil as much as you want today, and set aside what is left for tomorrow."
24. The next morning the leftover food was wholesome and good, without maggots or odor.
25. Moses said, "This is your food for today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD. There will be no food on the ground today.
26. Gather the food for six days, but the seventh day is a Sabbath. There will be no food on the ground for you on that day."
27. Some of the people went out anyway to gather food, even though it was the Sabbath day. But there was none to be found.
28. "How long will these people refuse to obey my commands and instructions?" the LORD asked Moses.
29. "Do they not realize that I have given them the seventh day, the Sabbath, as a day of rest? That is why I give you twice as much food on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. On the Sabbath day you must stay in your places. Do not pick up food from the ground on that day."
30. So the people rested on the seventh day.
31. In time, the food became known as manna. It was white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey cakes.
32. Then Moses gave them this command from the LORD: "Take two quarts of manna and keep it forever as a treasured memorial of the LORD's provision. By doing this, later generations will be able to see the bread that the LORD provided in the wilderness when he brought you out of Egypt."
33. Moses said to Aaron, "Get a container and put two quarts of manna into it. Then store it in a sacred place as a reminder for all future generations."
34. Aaron did this, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. He eventually placed it for safekeeping in the Ark of the Covenant.
35. So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived in the land of Canaan, where there were crops to eat.
36. (The container used to measure the manna was an omer, which held about two quarts.)

Psalms 18:20-27
20. The LORD rewarded me for doing right; he compensated me because of my innocence.
21. For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
22. For all his laws are constantly before me; I have never abandoned his principles.
23. I am blameless before God; I have kept myself from sin.
24. The LORD rewarded me for doing right, because of the innocence of my hands in his sight.
25. To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity.
26. To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile.
27. You rescue those who are humble, but you humiliate the proud.

Proverbs 6:12-15
12. Here is a description of worthless and wicked people: They are constant liars,
13. signaling their true intentions to their friends by making signs with their eyes and feet and fingers.
14. Their perverted hearts plot evil. They stir up trouble constantly.
15. But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond all hope of healing.

Matthew 21:23-46
23. When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and other leaders came up to him. They demanded, "By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such authority?"
24. "I'll tell you who gave me the authority to do these things if you answer one question," Jesus replied.
25. "Did John's baptism come from heaven or was it merely human?" They talked it over among themselves. "If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn't believe him.
26. But if we say it was merely human, we'll be mobbed, because the people think he was a prophet."
27. So they finally replied, "We don't know." And Jesus responded, "Then I won't answer your question either.
28. "But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
29. The son answered, 'No, I won't go,' but later he changed his mind and went anyway.
30. Then the father told the other son, 'You go,' and he said, 'Yes, sir, I will.' But he didn't go.
31. Which of the two was obeying his father?" They replied, "The first, of course." Then Jesus explained his meaning: "I assure you, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.
32. For John the Baptist came and showed you the way to life, and you didn't believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to turn from your sins and believe him.
33. "Now listen to this story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.
34. At the time of the grape harvest he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop.
35. But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.
36. So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.
37. "Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, 'Surely they will respect my son.'
38. "But when the farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, 'Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let's kill him and get the estate for ourselves!'
39. So they grabbed him, took him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.
40. "When the owner of the vineyard returns," Jesus asked, "what do you think he will do to those farmers?"
41. The religious leaders replied, "He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest."
42. Then Jesus asked them, "Didn't you ever read this in the Scriptures? 'The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous to see.'
43. What I mean is that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit.
44. Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone on whom it falls. "
45. When the leading priests and Pharisees heard Jesus, they realized he was pointing at them--that they were the farmers in his story.
46. They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid to try because the crowds considered Jesus to be a prophet.