Day 15

Readings:

  • Mark 4:26-34
  • Psalm 90-91
  • Proverbs 10:1-14

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Mark 4:26-34

The Parable of the Seed Growing

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

Psalm 90

From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
        in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
        or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
        from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You return man to dust
        and say, “Return, O children of man!”
4 For a thousand years in your sight
        are but as yesterday when it is past,
        or as a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
        like grass that is renewed in the morning:
6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
        in the evening it fades and withers.

7 For we are brought to an end by your anger;
        by your wrath we are dismayed.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
        our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 For all our days pass away under your wrath;
        we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are seventy,
        or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
        they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger,
        and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12 So teach us to number our days
        that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD! How long?
        Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
        that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
        and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
       and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
       and establish the work of our hands upon us;
       yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 91

My Refuge and My Fortress

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
        my God, in whom I trust.”

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
        and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
        and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
        nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
        nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
        ten thousand at your right hand,
        but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
        and see the recompense of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
        the Most High, who is my refuge—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
        no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
        to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
        lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
        the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
        I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
        I will be with him in trouble;
        I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
        and show him my salvation.”

Proverbs 10:1-14

The Proverbs of Solomon

The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
        but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
        but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 A slack hand causes poverty,
        but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
        but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
        but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
        but the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise of heart will receive commandments,
        but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
        but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
10 Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
        and a babbling fool will come to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
        but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
        but love covers all offenses.
13 On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
        but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.
14 The wise lay up knowledge,
        but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near.
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