Daily Reading - February 14, 2020


Exodus 11,12

Chapter 11

The Last Plague

1 Now the Lord said to Moses, "One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely.
2 "Speak now in the hearing [fn] of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold."
3 The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly [fn] esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people.

4 Moses said, "Thus says the Lord, 'About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt,
5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
6 'Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again.
7 'But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark [fn], whether against man or beast, that you may understand [fn] how the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.'
8 "All these your servants will come down to me and bow themselves before [fn] me, saying, 'Go out, you and all the people who follow [fn] you,' and after that I will go out." And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger.

9 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt."
10 Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the Lord hardened [fn] Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.

Chapter 12

The Passover Lamb

1 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt [fn],
2 "This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.
3 "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb [fn] for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a lamb [fn] for each [fn] household.
4 'Now if the household is too small for a lamb [fn], then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number [fn] of persons in them; according to what [fn] each man should eat, you are to divide [fn] the lamb.
5 'Your lamb [fn] shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
6 'You [fn] shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at [fn] twilight.
7 'Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of [fn] the houses in which they eat it.
8 'They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and [fn] bitter herbs.
9 'Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails.
10 'And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.
11 'Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord's Passover.
12 'For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord.
13 'The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live [fn]; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to [fn] destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Feast of Unleavened Bread

14 'Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a [fn] permanent ordinance.
15 'Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove [fn] leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person [fn] shall be cut off from Israel.
16 'On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by [fn] every person, that alone may be prepared [fn] by you.
17 'You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent [fn] ordinance.
18 'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
19 'Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person [fn] shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land.
20 'You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.' "

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go [fn] and take for yourselves lambs [fn] according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.
22 "You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply [fn] some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.

A Memorial of Redemption

23 "For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.
24 "And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.
25 "When you enter the land which the Lord will give you, as He has promised [fn], you shall observe this rite [fn].
26 "And when your children say to you, 'What [fn] does this rite mean to you?'
27 you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord who [fn] passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared [fn] our homes.'" And the people bowed low and worshiped.

28 Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
29 Now it came about at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.
30 Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.
31 Then he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, "Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the sons of Israel; and go, worship [fn] the Lord, as you have said.
32 "Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and go, and bless me also."

Exodus of Israel

33 The Egyptians urged the people, to send them out of the land in haste, for they said, "We will all be dead."
34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls bound up in the clothes on their shoulders.

35 Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they had requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing;
36 and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

37 Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children.
38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, along [fn] with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.
39 They baked the dough which they had brought out of Egypt into cakes of unleavened bread. For it had not become leavened, since they were driven out of Egypt and could not delay, nor had they prepared [fn] any provisions for themselves.

40 Now the time that [fn] the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.
41 And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to [fn] the very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.

Ordinance of the Passover

42 It is a night to [fn] be observed for the Lord for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the Lord, to [fn] be observed by [fn] all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.
43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the ordinance of the Passover: no foreigner [fn] is to eat of it;
44 but every man's slave purchased with money, after you have circumcised him, then he may eat of it.
45 "A sojourner or a hired servant shall not eat of it.
46 "It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it.
47 "All the congregation of Israel are to celebrate [fn] this.
48 "But if a stranger [fn] sojourns with you, and celebrates [fn] the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate [fn] it; and he shall be like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat of it.
49 "The [fn] same law shall apply [fn] to the native as to the stranger [fn] who sojourns among you."

50 Then all the sons of Israel did so; they did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
51 And on that same day the Lord brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by [fn] their hosts.

Proverbs 4

Chapter 4

A Father's Instruction

1 Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain [fn] understanding,
2 For I give you sound [fn] teaching; Do not abandon my instruction [fn].
3 When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
4 Then he taught me and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live;
5 Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 "Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.
7 "The beginning [fn] of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
8 "Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.
9 "She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty."

10 Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many.
11 I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they [fn] are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble [fn].

20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their [fn] body.
23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech [fn] far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze [fn] be fixed straight in front of you.
26 Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established.
27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.
Hebrews 10:19-39

A New and Living Way

19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22 let us draw near with a sincere [fn] heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Christ or Judgment

26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.
28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge His people."
31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But remember the former days, when [fn], after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,
33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.
34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.
35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what [fn] was promised.

37 For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.
38 But my righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.
39 But we [fn] are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving [fn] of the soul.
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