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The Daily Readings for December 9, 2016

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

Isaiah 7:10-25

Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test. Then Isaiah said: "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted. The LORD will bring on you and on your people and on your ancestral house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah-- the king of Assyria." On that day the LORD will whistle for the fly that is at the sources of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures. On that day the Lord will shave with a razor hired beyond the River-- with the king of Assyria-- the head and the hair of the feet, and it will take off the beard as well. On that day one will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, and will eat curds because of the abundance of milk that they give; for everyone that is left in the land shall eat curds and honey. On that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns. With bow and arrows one will go there, for all the land will be briers and thorns; and as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5

But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you, and that we may be rescued from wicked and evil people; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will go on doing the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Luke 22:14-30

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!" Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. "You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 31 In te, Domine, speravi

  In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.
  Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.
  Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
  Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.
  Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.
  I hate those who cling to worthless idols, *
and I put my trust in the LORD.
  I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy; *
for you have seen my affliction; you know my distress.
  You have not shut me up in the power of the enemy; *
you have set my feet in an open place.
  Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.
10   For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11   I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12   I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.
13   For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.
14   But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. *
I have said, "You are my God.
15   My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16   Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."
17   LORD, let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; *
rather, let the wicked be put to shame; let them be silent in the grave.
18   Let the lying lips be silenced which speak against the righteous, *
haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt.
19   How great is your goodness, O LORD! which you have laid up for those who fear you; *
which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you.
20   You hide them in the covert of your presence from those who slander them; *
you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21   Blessed be the LORD! *
for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a besieged city.
22   Yet I said in my alarm, "I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes." *
Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty when I cried out to you.
23   Love the LORD, all you who worship him; *
the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
24   Be strong and let your heart take courage, *
all you who wait for the LORD.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 35 Judica, Domine

  Fight those who fight me, O LORD; *
attack those who are attacking me.
  Take up shield and armor *
and rise up to help me.
  Draw the sword and bar the way against those who pursue me; *
say to my soul, "I am your salvation."
  Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled; *
let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
  Let them be like chaff before the wind, *
and let the angel of the LORD drive them away.
  Let their way be dark and slippery, *
and let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
  For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; *
without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive.
  Let ruin come upon them unawares; *
let them be caught in the net they hid; let them fall into the pit they dug.
  Then I will be joyful in the LORD; *
I will glory in his victory.
10   My very bones will say, "LORD, who is like you? *
You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."
11   Malicious witnesses rise up against me; *
they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
12   They pay me evil in exchange for good; *
my soul is full of despair.
13   But when they were sick I dressed in sack-cloth *
and humbled myself by fasting.
14   I prayed with my whole heart, as one would for a friend or a brother; *
I behaved like one who mourns for his mother, bowed down and grieving.
15   But when I stumbled, they were glad and gathered together; they gathered against me; *
strangers whom I did not know tore me to pieces and would not stop.
16   They put me to the test and mocked me; *
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
17   O Lord, how long will you look on? *
rescue me from the roaring beasts, and my life from the young lions.
18   I will give you thanks in the great congregation; *
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
19   Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me, *
nor let those who hate me without a cause wink at each other.
20   For they do not plan for peace, *
but invent deceitful schemes against the quiet in the land.
21   They opened their mouths at me and said, *
"Aha! we saw it with our own eyes."
22   You saw it, O LORD; do not be silent; *
O Lord, be not far from me.
23   Awake, arise, to my cause! *
to my defense, my God and my Lord!
24   Give me justice, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness; *
do not let them triumph over me.
25   Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha! just what we want!" *
Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up."
26   Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced; *
let those who boast against me be clothed with dismay and shame.
27   Let those who favor my cause sing out with joy and be glad; *
let them say always, "Great is the LORD, who desires the prosperity of his servant."
28   And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness *
and of your praise all the day long.

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