Daily Reading for Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Reading 1, First Kings 10:1-10
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40
Gospel, Mark 7:14-23

Reading 1, First Kings 10:1-10

1 The queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame and came to test him with difficult questions.

2 She arrived in Jerusalem with a huge entourage, with camels laden with spices and an immense quantity of gold and precious stones. Having reached Solomon, she discussed with him everything that she had in mind,

Three and Solomon had an answer for all her questions; not one was too obscure for the king to answer for her.

4 When the queen of Sheba saw how very wise Solomon was, the palace which he had built,

Five the food at his table, the accommodation for his officials, the organization of his staff and the way they were dressed his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings which he presented in the Temple of Yahweh, it left her breathless,

Six, and she said to the king, ‘The report I heard in my own country about your wisdom in handling your affairs was accurate then!

7 Until I came and saw for myself, I did not believe the reports, but clearly, I was told less than half: for wisdom and prosperity, you surpass what was reported to me.

8 How fortunate your wives are! How good your courtiers are continually in attendance on you and listening to your wisdom!

9 Blessed be Yahweh, your God, who has shown you his favor by setting you on the throne of Israel! Because of Yahweh’s everlasting love for Israel, he has made you king to administer law and justice.’

10 And she presented the king with a hundred and twenty talents of gold and significant quantities of spices and precious stones; no such wealth of spices ever came again as those which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.


Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40

5 Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in him, and he will act,

Six making your uprightness clear as daylight and the justice of your cause as the noon.

30 Wisdom comes from the lips of the upright, and his tongue speaks what is right;

31 The law of his God is in his heart; his foot will never slip.

39 The upright have Yahweh for their Saviour, their refuge in times of trouble;

40 Yahweh helps and rescues them; he will save them from the wicked and save them because they take refuge in him.

Gospel, Mark 7:14-23

14 With shepherd’s crook, lead your people to pasture, the flock that is your heritage, living confined in a forest with meadow land all around. Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old!

15 As in the days when you came out of Egypt, grant us to see wonders!

16 The nations will see and be confounded despite all their power; they will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will be deafened.

17 They will lick the dust like snakes, like reptiles that crawl on the earth. They will creep trembling out of their lairs in terror before you.

18 What God can compare with you for pardoning guilt and overlooking crime? He does not harbor anger forever since he delights in showing faithful love.

19 Once more pity us, tread down our faults; throw all our sins to the bottom of the sea.

20 Grant Jacob your faithfulness, and Abraham your faithful love, as you swore to our ancestors from the days of long ago.