Jan 20

Daily Readings:

Genesis 21.mp3,  Nehemiah 10.mp3,  Matthew 20.mp3,  Acts 20.mp3

(To listen to the audio of each chapter, click on the mp3 file above. Or, read the chapters below.)

Genesis 21

1 ¶  And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

2  For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

3  And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

4  And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

5  And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

6  And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

7  And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.

8  And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

9 ¶  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

10  Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

11  And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

12  And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

13  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

14 ¶  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15  And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

16  And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

17  And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

18  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

19  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

20  And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

21  And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

22 ¶  And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

23  Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

24  And Abraham said, I will swear.

25  And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.

26  And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

27  And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

28  And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

29  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

30  And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

31  Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.

32  Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

33 ¶  And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

34  And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.

Nehemiah 10

1 ¶  Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

2  Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

3  Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,

4  Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

5  Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

6  Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

7  Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

8  Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests.

9  And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;

10  And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11  Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12  Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13  Hodijah, Bani, Beninu.

14  The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,

15  Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16  Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

17  Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,

18  Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

19  Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

20  Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

21  Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22  Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23  Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,

24  Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,

25  Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26  And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

27  Malluch, Harim, Baanah.

28  And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

29  They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

30  And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons:

31  And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.

32 ¶  Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;

33  For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God.

34  And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law:

35  And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:

36  Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:

37  And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

38  And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

39  For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.

Matthew 20

1 ¶  For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

2  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3  And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

4  And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

5  Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

6  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

7  They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

8  So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

9  And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

10  But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

11  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

12  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

13  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

14  Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

15  Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

17 ¶  And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

18  Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

19  And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

20 ¶  Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

21  And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

24  And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

27  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

29 ¶  And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

30  And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

31  And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.

32  And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?

33  They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.

34  So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Acts 20

1 ¶  And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

2  And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

3  And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

4  And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

5  These going before tarried for us at Troas.

6  And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

7 ¶  And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

8  And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

9  And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

10  And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

11  When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.

12  And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

13 ¶  And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot.

14  And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.

15  And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.

16  For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

17 ¶  And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

18  And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,

19  Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

20  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,

21  Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

22  And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

23  Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

24  But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

25  And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

26  Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

33  I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.

34  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

35  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

36 ¶  And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

37  And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,

38  Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.


Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘The Indescribable Christ’

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