Read the Bible

March 23, 2023

Morning Reading
Midday Reading
Evening Reading


Psalm 119:17-24

Do good to your servant, and I will live;
  I will obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
  wonderful things in your law.
I am a stranger on earth;
  do not hide your commands from me.
My soul is consumed with longing
  for your laws at all times.
You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed
  and who stray from your commands.
Remove from me scorn and contempt,
  for I keep your statutes.
Though rulers sit together and slander me,
  your servant will meditate on your decrees.
Your statutes are my delight;
  they are my counselors.


Midday Prayer

Grant unto us, O God, the fullness of your promises.
Where we have been weak, grant us your strength;
where we have been confused,
grant us your guidance;
where we have been distraught,
grant us your comfort;
where we have been dead, grant us your life.
Apart from you, O Lord, we are nothing,
in and with you we can do all things.


Mark 6:13-29 NIV

They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.  King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
  Others said, “He is Elijah.”

  And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”

  But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”

  For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

  Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

  The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

  She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”

  “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.

  At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”

  The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.