Day 13

Readings:

  • Mark 3:31 – 4:9
  • Psalm 88
  • Proverbs 9:1-12

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Mark 3:31 – 4:9

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

The Parable of the Sower

Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Psalm 88

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

O LORD, God of my salvation,
        I cry out day and night before you.
2 Let my prayer come before you;
        incline your ear to my cry!

3 For my soul is full of troubles,
        and my life draws near to Sheol.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
        I am a man who has no strength,
5 like one set loose among the dead,
        like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
        for they are cut off from your hand.
6 You have put me in the depths of the pit,
        in the regions dark and deep.
7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
        and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah

8 You have caused my companions to shun me;
         you have made me a horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
9      my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
        I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you work wonders for the dead?
        Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
        or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness,
        or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But I, O LORD, cry to you;
        in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
        Why do you hide your face from me?
15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
        I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
        your dreadful assaults destroy me.
17 They surround me like a flood all day long;
        they close in on me together.
18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
        my companions have become darkness.

Proverbs 9:1-12

The Way of Wisdom

Wisdom has built her house;
        she has hewn her seven pillars.
2 She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
        she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her young women to call
        from the highest places in the town,
4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
        To him who lacks sense she says,
5 “Come, eat of my bread
        and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways, and live,
        and walk in the way of insight.”

7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
        and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
        reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
        teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
        and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
        and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
        if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
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