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Old Testament Readings

Here are some readings from the Old Testament.

The Book of Genesis Chapter 1: 26-28, 31
The Book of Genesis Chapter 2: 4-9
The Book of Genesis Chapter 2: 15-24
The Book of Isaiah Chapter 61: 10
The Book of Isaiah Chapter 62: 3
The Book of Isaiah Chapter 63: 7-9
The Book of Tobit Chapter 8: 5-8
The Book of Psalms Psalm 128
Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a, 8:6-7a


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The Book of Genesis Chapter 1: 26-28, 31
Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground." God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth."

God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed-the sixth day.

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The Book of Genesis Chapter 2: 4-9
Such is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. Second Story of Creation. At the time when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens – while as yet there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had sprouted, for the Lord God had sent no rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the earth and was watering all the surface of the ground-the Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and he placed there the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made various trees grow that were delightful to look at and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad.

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The Book of Genesis Chapter 2: 15-24
The Lord God then took the man and settled him into the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The Lord God gave man this order: "You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and bad. From that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die."

The Lord God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him." So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: "This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman’, for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken." That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.

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The Book of Isaiah Chapter 61: 10
I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul; For he has clothes me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, like a bride bedecked with her jewels.

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The Book of Isaiah Chapter 62: 3
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal diadem held by our God.

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The Book of Isaiah Chapter 63: 7-9
The favors of the Lord I will recall, the glorious deeds of the Lord, Because of all he has done for us; for he is good to the house of Israel, He has favored according to his mercy and his great kindness. He said: They are indeed my people, children who are not disloyal; So he became their savior in their every affliction. It was not a messenger or an angel, but he himself who saved them. Because of his love and pity he redeemed them himself, Lifting them and carrying them all the days of old.

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The Book of Tobit Tobit Chapter 8: 5-8
He began with these words: "Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’ Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age." They said together, "Amen, amen,"

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The Book of Psalms Psalm 128
Happy are all who fear the Lord, who walk in the ways of God. What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper: Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table. Just so will they be blessed who fear the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, all the days of your life. That you may share Jerusalem’s joy and live to see your children’s children. Peace upon Israel!

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Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a, 8:6-7a
I hear my Beloved. See how he comes leaping on the mountains, bounding over the hills. My Beloved is like a gazelle, like a young stag.

See where he stands behind our wall. He looks in at the window, he peers through the lattice.

My Beloved lifts up his voice, he says to me, "Come then, my love, my lovely one, come.

"My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful."

My Beloved is mine and I am his. He said to me: Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealousy relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the Lord himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown.

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