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Lectionary Theme: Beginning of 15-day Lent

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    1. In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

    2. The Lord gave King Jehoiakim of Judah into his power, as well as some of the vessels of the house of God. These he brought to the land of Shinar, and he placed the vessels in the treasury of his gods.

    3. Then the king commanded his palace master Ashpenaz to bring some of the Israelites of the royal family and of the nobility:

    4. young men without physical defect and handsome, versed in every branch of wisdom, endowed with knowledge and insight, and competent to serve in the king’s palace; they were to be taught the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

    5. The king assigned them a daily portion of the royal rations of food and wine. They were to be educated for three years, so that at the end of that time they could be stationed in the king’s court.

    6. Among them were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, from the tribe of Judah.

    7. The palace master gave them other names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.

    8. But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine, so he asked the palace master to allow him not to defile himself.

    9. Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion from the palace master.

    10. The palace master said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king; he has appointed your food and your drink. If he should see you in poorer condition than the other young men of your age, you would endanger my head with the king.”

    11. Then Daniel asked the guard whom the palace master had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

    12. “Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.

    13. You can then compare our appearance with the appearance of the young men who eat the royal rations and deal with your servants according to what you observe.”

    14. So he agreed to this proposal and tested them for ten days.

    15. At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.

    16. So the guard continued to withdraw their royal rations and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.

    17. To these four young men God gave knowledge and skill in every aspect of literature and wisdom; Daniel also had insight into all visions and dreams.

    18. At the end of the time that the king had set for them to be brought in, the palace master brought them into the presence of Nebuchadnezzar,

    19. and the king spoke with them. Among them all, no one was found to compare with Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they were stationed in the king’s court.

    20. In every matter of wisdom and understanding concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

    21. And Daniel continued there until the first year of King Cyrus.

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    1. See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

    2. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

    3. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

    4. Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

    5. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

    6. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.

    7. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

    8. Everyone who commits sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the works of the devil.

    9. Those who have been born of God do not sin because God’s seed abides in them; they cannot sin because they have been born of God.

    10. The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way: all who do not do what is right are not from God, nor are those who do not love a brother or sister.

    11. For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

    12. We must not be like Cain, who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous.

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    19. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

    20. No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”

    21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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    38. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’(AA)

    39. But I say to you: Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also,(AB)

    40. and if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, give your coat as well,

    41. and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.