Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous next 2 Kings 6:1-23

The Miracle of the Ax Head

Now the company of prophets said to Elisha, “As you see, the place where we live under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan, and let us collect logs there, one for each of us, and build a place there for us to live.” He answered, “Do so.” Then one of them said, “Please come with your servants.” And he answered, “I will.” So he went with them. When they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his ax head fell into the water; he cried out, “Alas, master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick, and threw it in there, and made the iron float. He said, “Pick it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

The Aramean Attack Is Thwarted

When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he took counsel with his officers. He said, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Take care not to pass this place, because the Arameans are going down there.” The king of Israel sent word to the place of which the man of God spoke. More than once or twice he warned such a place so that it was on the alert.

The mind of the king of Aram was greatly perturbed because of this; he called his officers and said to them, “Now tell me who among us sides with the king of Israel?” Then one of his officers said, “No one, my lord king. It is Elisha, the prophet in Israel, who tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedchamber.” He said, “Go and find where he is; I will send and seize him.” He was told, “He is in Dothan.” So he sent horses and chariots there and a great army; they came by night, and surrounded the city.

When an attendant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. His servant said, “Alas, master! What shall we do?” He replied, “Do not be afraid, for there are more with us than there are with them.” Then Elisha prayed: “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the servant, and he saw; the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. When the Arameans came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, and said, “Strike this people, please, with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked. Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city; follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria.

As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O LORD, open the eyes of these men so that they may see.” The LORD opened their eyes, and they saw that they were inside Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them he said to Elisha, “Father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” He answered, “No! Did you capture with your sword and your bow those whom you want to kill? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink; and let them go to their master.” So he prepared for them a great feast; after they ate and drank, he sent them on their way, and they went to their master. And the Arameans no longer came raiding into the land of Israel.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 5:38-48. Find a Bible translation.


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Deuteronomy 32:44-32:52

Moses came, together with Hosea son of Nun, and recited all the words of this poem in the hearing of the people. And when Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them: Take to heart all the words with which I have warned you this day. Enjoin them upon your children, that they may observe faithfully all the terms of this Teaching. For this is not a trifling thing for you: it is your very life; through it you shall long endure on the land that you are to possess upon crossing the Jordan.

That very day the Lord spoke to Moses: Ascend these heights of Abarim to Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab facing Jericho, and view the land of Canaan, which I am giving the Israelites as their holding. You shall die on the mountain that you are about to ascend, and shall be gathered to your kin, as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his kin; for you both broke faith with Me among the Israelite people, at the waters of Meribath-kadesh in the wilderness of Zin, by failing to uphold My sanctity among the Israelite people.

You may view the land from a distance, but you shall not enter it--the land that I am giving to the Israelite people.


From Parshat Ha'azinu. 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

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Spread the gospel's joyful tidings, Brought by angels above, Tell the world that God is gracious, And His very name is love.

-D.B. Towner,
"Let Your Light So Shine!"

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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Don't associate with bad friends. Don't associate with the low. Associate with admirable friends. Associate with the best.

-Dhammapada 78, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I've gone multi-dimensional. I've studied a lot of different things and basically I don't know what God is but I know that He's at least an energy that rules all that walks the earth and I really think there are laws. There are laws and maybe they're within us. I don't know what it is, but I call that God too.

-Jim Carrey

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Christian Quote of the Day

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Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?

-Elisabeth Elliot

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Instead of opening your oven door to check on your dinner, use the oven timer to measure how much more cooking needs to be done. If you open the oven before time is up, it takes more heat and energy to cook it – and more time before you get to chow down.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

-Erica Jong

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Between here and heaven, every minute that the Christian lives will be a minute of grace.

-C.H. Spurgeon

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Health Quote of the Day

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tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.

-Kahlil Gibran

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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If a man is unkind and speaks cruelly, his vast wealth will not last long before perishing. Harsh language and overly severe punishment, like a keen file, grind down a king's conquering powers. A king's wealth wanes when, without thoughtful involvement, he lets ministers work, then furiously faults their efforts.

Tirukkural 57: 566-568

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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Everything in the universe is connected, everything is osmosis. You cannot separate any part from the whole: interdependence rules the cosmic order.

-Taisen Deshimaru

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

-James Oppenheim

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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A small act done modestly is a thousand-fold more acceptable to God than a big act done in pride.

-Orhot Tzaddikim, 15C

Reprinted from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,' edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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I struggled hard but did not reap the fruits of my labors. Then I gazed into myself and found that my ego and my heart were unified. When the ego and the heart are united, a portion of all that shines upon the heart is seized by the self. Thus I came to know the cause of my dilemma, that the light illuminating my heart was being seized by my ego.

-Al-Nuri, in "Islamic Sufism"

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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Pay close attention to this fact: obesity is a disease of isolation. We are heavy because we are afraid of living, afraid of others, afraid of being a full person, afraid that truly changing is going to be too much effort. Something happened to us, or is currently happening and we want to feel better. We've learned to do it by popping edibles into our mouths. We soothe ourselves by watching too much TV, and eating too much. We avoid a lot of activities, and barely let anyone know us. It's easier, we think, to stay home and avoid people. It's easier to feel better for a moment by stuffing a piece of cake or an extra sandwich into our mouths than it is to walk somewhere, or participate in a community event. (Sorry to be so dismal, but you know I’m telling the truth). Fat people trade their lives for food.

-Norris Chumley

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Love is the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run: We run toward it, and once we reach it, in it we shall find rest.

-St. Augustine

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September 23, 2009
For the Infirm
For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.