12, Baramhat 1734 (Wednesday, 21 March 2018)

Wednesday of the Sixth week of the Holy Lent



Exodus 10:1 - 11:10

1Now the Lord said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him,2and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son's son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.3So Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh and said to him, Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: `How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.4`Or else, if you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.5`And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field.6`They shall fill your houses, the houses of all your servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians--which neither your fathers nor your fathers' fathers have seen, since the day that they were on the earth to this day.' And he turned and went out from Pharaoh.7Then Pharaoh's servants said to him, How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?8So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, Go, serve the Lord your God. Who are the ones that are going?9And Moses said, We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the Lord.10Then he said to them, The Lord had better be with you when I let you and your little ones go! Beware, for evil is ahead of you.11Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve the Lord, for that is what you desired. And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.12Then the Lord said to Moses, Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land--all that the hail has left.13So Moses stretched out his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind on the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.14And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt and rested on all the territory of Egypt. They were very severe; previously there had been no such locusts as they, nor shall there be such after them.15For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they ate every herb of the land and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left. So there remained nothing green on the trees or on the plants of the field throughout all the land of Egypt.16Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste, and said, I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you.17Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and entreat the Lord your God, that He may take away from me this death only.18So he went out from Pharaoh and entreated the Lord.19And the Lord turned a very strong west wind, which took the locusts away and blew them into the Red Sea. There remained not one locust in all the territory of Egypt.20But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go.21Then the Lord said to Moses, Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.22So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.23They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.24Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said, Go, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you.25But Moses said, You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.26Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve the Lord our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.27But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go.28Then Pharaoh said to him, Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!29And Moses said, You have spoken well. I will never see your face again.1And the Lord said to Moses, I will bring yet one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out of here altogether.2Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and articles of gold.3And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people.4Then Moses said, Thus says the Lord: `About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt;5`and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals.6`Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again.7`But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the Lord does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.'8And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, `Get out, and all the people who follow you!' After that I will go out. Then he went out from Pharaoh in great anger.9But the Lord said to Moses, Pharaoh will not heed you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.10So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh; and the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out of his land.


Isaiah 44:21-28

21Remember these, O Jacob, And Israel, for you are My servant; I have formed you, you are My servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by Me!22I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.23Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it! Shout, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, And glorified Himself in Israel.24Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;25Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, And makes their knowledge foolishness;26Who confirms the word of His servant, And performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to Jerusalem, `You shall be inhabited,' To the cities of Judah, `You shall be built,' And I will raise up her waste places;27Who says to the deep, `Be dry! And I will dry up your rivers';28Who says of Cyrus, `He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, You shall be built, And to the temple, Your foundation shall be laid. '


Proverbs 8:22-36

22The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.23I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.24When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.25Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth;26While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primeval dust of the world.27When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,28When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,29When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,30Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,31Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.32Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways.33Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.34Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.35For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord;36But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.


Job 34:1-37

1Elihu further answered and said:2Hear my words, you wise men; Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.3For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.4Let us choose justice for ourselves; Let us know among ourselves what is good.5For Job has said, `I am righteous, But God has taken away my justice;6Should I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'7What man is like Job, Who drinks scorn like water,8Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, And walks with wicked men?9For he has said, `It profits a man nothing That he should delight in God.'10Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to commit iniquity.11For He repays man according to his work, And makes man to find a reward according to his way.12Surely God will never do wickedly, Nor will the Almighty pervert justice.13Who gave Him charge over the earth? Or who appointed Him over the whole world?14If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,15All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.16If you have understanding, hear this; listen to the sound of my words:17Should one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn Him who is most just?18Is it fitting to say to a king, `You are worthless,' And to nobles, `You are wicked'?19Yet He is not partial to princes, Nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.20In a moment they die, in the middle of the night; The people are shaken and pass away; The mighty are taken away without a hand.21For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.22There is no darkness nor shadow of death Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.23For He need not further consider a man, That he should go before God in judgment.24He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.25Therefore he knows their works; He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.26He strikes them as wicked men In the open sight of others,27Because they turned back from Him, And would not consider any of His ways,28So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him; For He hears the cry of the afflicted.29When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? And when He hides His face, who then can see Him, Whether it is against a nation or a man alone?--30That the hypocrite should not reign, Lest the people be ensnared.31For has anyone said to God, `I have borne chastening; I will offend no more;32Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will do no more'?33Should He repay it according to your terms, Just because you disavow it? You must choose, and not I; Therefore speak what you know.34Men of understanding say to me, Wise men who listen to me:35`Job speaks without knowledge, His words are without wisdom.'36Oh, that Job were tried to the utmost, Because his answers are like those of wicked men!37For he adds rebellion to his sin; He claps his hands among us, And multiplies his words against God.


Sirach 10:1-31

1A wise magistrate educates his people, and the rule of an intelligent person is well ordered.2As the people's judge is, so are his officials; as the ruler of the city is, so are all its inhabitants.3An undisciplined king ruins his people, but a city becomes fit to live in through the understanding of its rulers.4The government of the earth is in the hand of the Lord, and over it he will raise up the right leader for the time.5Human success is in the hand of the Lord, and it is he who confers honor upon the lawgiver.6 Do not get angry with your neighbor for every injury, and do not resort to acts of insolence.7Arrogance is hateful to the Lord and to mortals, and injustice is outrageous to both.8Sovereignty passes from nation to nation on account of injustice and insolence and wealth.9How can dust and ashes be proud? Even in life the human body decays.10A long illness baffles the physician; the king of today will die tomorrow.11For when one is dead he inherits maggots and vermin and worms.12The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.13For the beginning of pride is sin, and the one who clings to it pours out abominations. Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities, and destroys them completely.14The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers, and enthrones the lowly in their place.15The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations, and plants the humble in their place.16The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations, and destroys them to the foundations of the earth.17He removes some of them and destroys them, and erases the memory of them from the earth.18Pride was not created for human beings, or violent anger for those born of women.19 Whose offspring are worthy of honor? Human offspring. Whose offspring are worthy of honor? Those who fear the Lord. Whose offspring are unworthy of honor? Human offspring. Whose offspring are unworthy of honor? Those who break the commandments.20Among family members their leader is worthy of honor, but those who fear the Lord are worthy of honor in his eyes.21The fear of the Lord is the beginning of acceptance; obduracy and pride are the beginning of rejection.22The rich, and the eminent, and the poor- their glory is the fear of the Lord.23It is not right to despise one who is intelligent but poor, and it is not proper to honor one who is sinful.24The prince and the judge and the ruler are honored, but none of them is greater than the one who fears the Lord.25Free citizens will serve a wise servant, and an intelligent person will not complain.26 Do not make a display of your wisdom when you do your work, and do not boast when you are in need.27Better is the worker who has goods in plenty than the boaster who lacks bread.28My child, honor yourself with humility, and give yourself the esteem you deserve.29Who will acquit those who condemn themselves? And who will honor those who dishonor themselves?30The poor are honored for their knowledge, while the rich are honored for their wealth.31One who is honored in poverty, how much more in wealth! And one dishonored in wealth, how much more in poverty!


Psalms 102:17, 21

17He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, And shall not despise their prayer.
21To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, And His praise in Jerusalem,


Mark 7:1-20

1Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem.2Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.3For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.4When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.5Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?6He answered and said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: `This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.7And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'8For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men--the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.9He said to them, All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.10For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'11But you say, `If a man says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban--' (that is, a gift to God),12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,13making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.14When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, Hear Me, everyone, and understand:15There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.16If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!17When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.18So He said to them, Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him,19because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?20And He said, What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.



Romans 2:12-24

12For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law13(for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;14for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,15who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)16in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.17Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God,18and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law,19and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.21You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?22You who say, Do not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?23You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law?24For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you, as it is written.


2 Peter 1:20 - 2:6

20knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,21for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.1But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.2And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.3By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.4For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;5and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;6and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;


Acts 26:1-8

1Then Agrippa said to Paul, You are permitted to speak for yourself. So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself:2I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews,3especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.4My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know.5They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.6And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.7To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving God night and day, hope to attain. For this hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews.8Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?


Psalms 9:11-12

11Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.12When He avenges blood, He remembers them


Luke 11:45-52

45Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.46And He said, Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.47Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.48In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.49Therefore the wisdom of God also said, `I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,'50that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,51from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.52Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.