Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Proverbs 30:1-4, 24-33

The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ith'i-el, to Ith'i-el and Ucal:

Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son's name?
Surely you know!

Four things on earth are small,
but they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people not strong,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people not mighty,
yet they make their homes in the rocks;
the locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard you can take in your hands,
yet it is in kings' palaces.
Three things are stately in their tread;
four are stately in their stride:
the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and does not turn back before any;
the strutting cock, the he-goat,
and a king striding before his people.
If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
or if you have been devising evil,
put your hand on your mouth.

For pressing milk produces curds,
pressing the nose produces blood,
and pressing anger produces strife.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 18:28-38. Find a Bible translation.


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Numbers 26:5-26:51

Reuben, Israel's first-born. Descendants of Reuben: [Of] Enoch, the clan of the Enochites; of Pallu, the clan of the Palluites; of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Carmi, the clan of the Carmites. Those are the clans of the Reubenites. The persons enrolled came to 43,730.

Born to Pallu: Eliab. The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, and Dathan and Abiram. These are the same Dathan and Abiram, chosen in the assembly, who agitated against Moses and Aaron as part of Korah's band when they agitated against the Lord. Whereupon the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with Korah--when that band died, when the fire consumed the two hundred and fifty men--and they became an example. The sons of Korah, however, did not die.

Descendants of Simeon by their clans: Of Nemuel, the clan of the Nemuelites; of Jamin, the clan of the Jaminites; of Jachin, the clan of the Jachinites; of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites; of Saul, the clan of the Saulites. Those are the clans of the Simeonites; [persons enrolled:] 22,200.

Descendants of Gad by their clans: Of Zephon, the clan of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the clan of the Haggites; of Shuni, the clan of the Shunites; of Ozni, the clan of the Oznites; of Eri, the clan of the Erites; of Arod, the clan of the Arodites; of Areli, the clan of the Arelites. Those are the clans of Gad's descendants; persons enrolled: 40,500.

Born to Judah: Er and Onan. Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan.

Descendants of Judah by their clans: Of Shelah, the clan of the Shelanites; of Perez, the clan of the Perezites; of Zerah, the clan of the Zerahites. Descendants of Perez: of Hezron, the clan of the Hezronites; of Hamul, the clan of the Hamulites. Those are the clans of Judah; persons enrolled: 76,500.

Descendants of Issachar by their clans: [Of] Tola, the clan of the Tolaites; of Puvah, the clan of the Punites; of Jashub, the clan of the Jashubites; of Shimron, the clan of the Shimronites. Those are the clans of Issachar; persons enrolled: 64,300.

Descendants of Zebulun by their clans: Of Sered, the clan of the Seredites; of Elon, the clan of the Elonites; of Jahleel, the clan of the Jahleelites. Those are the clans of the Zebulunites; persons enrolled: 60,500.

The sons of Joseph were Manasseh and Ephraim--by their clans.

Descendants of Manasseh: Of Machir, the clan of the Machirites.--Machir begot Gilead.--Of Gilead, the clan of the Gileadites. These were the descendants of Gilead: [Of] Iezer, the clan of the Iezerites; of Helek, the clan of the Helekites; [of] Asriel, the clan of the Asrielites; [of] Shechem, the clan of the Shechemites; [of] Shemida, the clan of the Shemidaites; [of] Hepher, the clan of the Hepherites. Now Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons, only daughters. The names of Zelophehad's daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Those are the clans of Manasseh; persons enrolled: 52,700. These are the descendants of Ephraim by their clans: Of Shuthelah, the clan of the Shuthelahites; of Becher, the clan of the Becherites; of Tahan, the clan of the Tahanites. These are the descendants of Shuthelah: Of Eran, the clan of the Eranites. Those are the clans of Ephraim's descendants; persons enrolled: 32,500.

Those are the descendants of Joseph by their clans.

The descendants of Benjamin by their clans: Of Bela, the clan of the Belaites; of Ashbel, the clan of the Ashbelites; of Ahiram, the clan of the Ahiramites; of Shephupham, the clan of the Shuphamites; of Hupham, the clan of the Huphamites. The sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman: [Of Ard,] the clan of the Ardites; of Naaman, the clan of the Naamanites. Those are the descendants of Benjamin by their clans; persons enrolled: 45,600.

These are the descendants of Dan by their clans: Of Shuham, the clan of the Shuhamites. Those are the clans of Dan, by their clans. All the clans of the Shuhamites; persons enrolled: 64,400.

Descendants of Asher by their clans: Of Imnah, the clan of the Imnites; of Ishvi, the clan of the Ishvites; of Beriah, the clan of the Beriites. Of the descendants of Beriah: Of Heber, the clan of the Heberites; of Malchiel, the clan of the Malchielites. The name of Asher's daughter was Serah. These are the clans of Asher's descendants; persons enrolled: 53,400.

Descendants of Naphtali by their clans: Of Jahzeel, the clan of the Jahzeelites; of Guni, the clan of the Gunites; of Jezer, the clan of the Jezerites; of Shillem, the clan of the Shillemites. Those are the clans of the Naphtalites, clan by clan; persons enrolled: 45,400.

This is the enrollment of the Israelites: 601,730.


From Parshat Pinhas. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


Make a cup of strong, preferably real, coffee. Add a measure of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur. Stir. Top with whipped cream. Then sprinkle grated chocolate over the top. Now relax with a sip. Yum! No wonder it's called the 'Fallen Angel'!

-Margaret Neylon

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.


From "The Pocket Zen Reader," edited by Thomas Cleary, 1999. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


When you are 100 percent sold-out for God, you're fearless.


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Christian Quote of the Day


The world sets the agenda for the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man.

-John Piper

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Look for laundry detergents that work with cold water to save energy from the water heater.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


Rejoice, that the mortal God is born, so that mortal man may live in eternity.

-John Huss

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Health Quote of the Day


It is time to bring reasonable and appropriate falling apart into fashion.

-Beth Miller, M.D.

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Hindu Quote of the Day


If the chimney is full of smoke, how can the light be seen? If the mind is full of dirt, how can the soul shine?

Yogaswami of Jaffna

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


The conscious mind is the editor, and the unconscious mind is the writer.

-David Mamet

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

-Chinese Proverb

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Judaism Quote of the Day


A person should be more concerned with spiritual than with material matters, but another person's material welfare is his own spiritual concern.

-Rabbi Israel Salanter

As cited in "Jewish Wisdom" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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Muslim Quote of the Day


Some people asked Allah's Apostle, "Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?" He replied, "One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands."

-Hadith narrated by Abu Musa, as related by Al-Bukhari

Hadith narrated by Abu Musa, as related by Al-Bukhari

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Relationship Quote of the Day


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

-Denis Waitley

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February 1, 2015
Prayer for Peace
Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.
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