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The Daily Readings for January 17, 2018

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.

Genesis 9:18-29

The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah; and from these the whole earth was peopled. Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and he lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, "Cursed be Canaan; lowest of slaves shall he be to his brothers." He also said, "Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave. May God make space for Japheth, and let him live in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his slave." After the flood Noah lived three hundred fifty years. All the days of Noah were nine hundred fifty years; and he died.

Hebrews 6:1-12

Therefore let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God, instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And we will do this, if God permits. For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, since on their own they are crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt. Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and on the verge of being cursed; its end is to be burned over. Even though we speak in this way, beloved, we are confident of better things in your case, things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

John 3:22-36

After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized -- John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison. Now a discussion about purification arose between John's disciples and a Jew. They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him." John answered, "No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.' He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease." The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God's wrath.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 38 Domine, ne in furore

  O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  For your arrows have already pierced me, *
and your hand presses hard upon me.
  There is no health in my flesh, because of your indignation; *
there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
  For my iniquities overwhelm me; *
like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
  My wounds stink and fester *
by reason of my foolishness.
  I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; *
I go about in mourning all the day long.
  My loins are filled with searing pain; *
there is no health in my body.
  I am utterly numb and crushed; *
I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
  O Lord, you know all my desires, *
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10   My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, *
and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
11   My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; *
my neighbors stand afar off.
12   Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; *
those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long.
13   But I am like the deaf who do not hear, *
like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
14   I have become like one who does not hear *
and from whose mouth comes no defense.
15   For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; *
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16   For I said, "Do not let them rejoice at my expense, *
those who gloat over me when my foot slips."
17   Truly, I am on the verge of falling, *
and my pain is always with me.
18   I will confess my iniquity *
and be sorry for my sin.
19   Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, *
and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20   Those who repay evil for good slander me, *
because I follow the course that is right.
21   O LORD, do not forsake me; *
be not far from me, O my God.
22   Make haste to help me, *
O Lord of my salvation.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Daleth Adhæsit pavimento
25    My soul cleaves to the dust; *
give me life according to your word.
26   I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; *
instruct me in your statutes.
27   Make me understand the way of your commandments, *
that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28   My soul melts away for sorrow; *
strengthen me according to your word.
29   Take from me the way of lying; *
let me find grace through your law.
30   I have chosen the way of faithfulness; *
I have set your judgments before me.
31   I hold fast to your decrees; *
O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32   I will run the way of your commandments, *
for you have set my heart at liberty.

Psalm 119: He Legem pone
33   Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
and I shall keep it to the end.
34   Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
I shall keep it with all my heart.
35   Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
for that is my desire.
36   Incline my heart to your decrees *
and not to unjust gain.
37   Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
give me life in your ways.
38   Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
which you make to those who fear you.
39   Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
because your judgments are good.
40   Behold, I long for your commandments; *
in your righteousness preserve my life.

Psalm 119: Waw Et veniat super me
41   Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, *
and your salvation, according to your promise.
42   Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
because I trust in your words.
43   Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
for my hope is in your judgments.
44   I shall continue to keep your law; *
I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45   I will walk at liberty, *
because I study your commandments.
46   I will tell of your decrees before kings *
and will not be ashamed.
47   I delight in your commandments, *
which I have always loved.
48   I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
and I will meditate on your statutes.

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