January 20 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day

I Timothy 2:8-3:13
John 2:12-22

I Timothy 2:8-3:13
[8] I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
[9] also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire
[10] but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion.
[11] Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness.
[12] I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.
[13] For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
[14] and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
[15] Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.

Chapter 3
[1] The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.
[2] Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher,
[3] no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money.
[4] He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way;
[5] for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for God’s church?
[6] He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil;
[7] moreover he must be well thought of by outsiders, or he may fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
[8] Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for gain;
[9] they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
[10] And let them also be tested first; then if they prove themselves blameless let them serve as deacons.
[11] The women likewise must be serious, no slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things.
[12] Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households well;
[13] for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

John 2:12-22
[12] After this he went down to Caper’na-um, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples; and there they stayed for a few days.
[13] The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
[14] In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
[15] And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
[16] And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”
[17] His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for thy house will consume me.”
[18] The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?”
[19] Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
[20] The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”
[21] But he spoke of the temple of his body.
[22] When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

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