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The Daily Readings for August 25, 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.

Job 8:1-10, 8:20-22

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered: "How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind? Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? If your children sinned against him, he delivered them into the power of their transgression. If you will seek God and make supplication to the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore to you your rightful place. Though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great. "For inquire now of bygone generations, and consider what their ancestors have found; for we are but of yesterday, and we know nothing, for our days on earth are but a shadow. Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding? "See, God will not reject a blameless person, nor take the hand of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more."

Acts 10:17-33

Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon's house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them." So Peter went down to the men and said, "I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?" They answered, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say." So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging. The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. On Peter's arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, "Stand up; I am only a mortal." And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, "You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?" Cornelius replied, "Four days ago at this very hour, at three o'clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling clothes stood before me. He said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.' Therefore I sent for you immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. So now all of us are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has commanded you to say."

John 7:14-36

About the middle of the festival Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. The Jews were astonished at it, saying, "How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?" Then Jesus answered them, "My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him. "Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?" The crowd answered, "You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?" Jesus answered them, "I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man's whole body on the sabbath? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment." Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from." Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, "You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, "When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?" The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him. Jesus then said, "I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come." The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, 'You will search for me and you will not find me' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 18 Part I Diligam te, Domine.

  I love you, O LORD my strength, *
O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.
  My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, *
my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge; you are worthy of praise.
  I will call upon the LORD, *
and so shall I be saved from my enemies.
  The breakers of death rolled over me, *
and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.
  The cords of hell entangled me, *
and the snares of death were set for me.
  I called upon the LORD in my distress *
and cried out to my God for help.
  He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; *
my cry of anguish came to his ears.
  The earth reeled and rocked; *
the roots of the mountains shook; they reeled because of his anger.
  Smoke rose from his nostrils and a consuming fire out of his mouth; *
hot burning coals blazed forth from him.
10   He parted the heavens and came down *
with a storm cloud under his feet.
11   He mounted on cherubim and flew; *
he swooped on the wings of the wind.
12   He wrapped darkness about him; *
he made dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
13   From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds, *
burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14   The LORD thundered out of heaven; *
the Most High uttered his voice.
15   He loosed his arrows and scattered them; *
he hurled thunderbolts and routed them.
16   The beds of the seas were uncovered, and the foundations of the world laid bare, *
at your battle cry, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
17   He reached down from on high and grasped me; *
he drew me out of great waters.
18   He delivered me from my strong enemies and from those who hated me; *
for they were too mighty for me.
19   They confronted me in the day of my disaster; *
but the LORD was my support.
20   He brought me out into an open place; *
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 18:Part II Et retribuet mihi
21   The LORD rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; *
because my hands were clean he rewarded me;
22   For I have kept the ways of the LORD *
and have not offended against my God;
23   For all his judgments are before my eyes, *
and his decrees I have not put away from me;
24   For I have been blameless with him *
and have kept myself from iniquity;
25   Therefore the LORD rewarded me according to my righteous dealing, *
because of the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26   With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; *
with the forthright you show yourself forthright.
27   With the pure you show yourself pure, *
but with the crooked you are wily.
28   You will save a lowly people, *
but you will humble the haughty eyes.
29   You, O LORD, are my lamp; *
my God, you make my darkness bright.
30   With you I will break down an enclosure; *
with the help of my God I will scale any wall.
31   As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the LORD are tried in the fire; *
he is a shield to all who trust in him.
32   For who is God, but the LORD? *
who is the Rock, except our God?
33   It is God who girds me about with strength *
and makes my way secure.
34   He makes me sure-footed like a deer *
and lets me stand firm on the heights.
35   He trains my hands for battle *
and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze.
36   You have given me your shield of victory; *
your right hand also sustains me; your loving care makes me great.
37   You lengthen my stride beneath me, *
and my ankles do not give way.
38   I pursue my enemies and overtake them; *
I will not turn back till I have destroyed them.
39   I strike them down, and they cannot rise; *
they fall defeated at my feet.
40   You have girded me with strength for the battle; *
you have cast down my adversaries beneath me; you have put my enemies to flight.
41   I destroy those who hate me; they cry out, but there is none to help them; *
they cry to the LORD, but he does not answer.
42   I beat them small like dust before the wind; *
I trample them like mud in the streets.
43   You deliver me from the strife of the peoples; *
you put me at the head of the nations.
44   A people I have not known shall serve me; no sooner shall they hear than they shall obey me; *
strangers will cringe before me.
45   The foreign peoples will lose heart; *
they shall come trembling out of their strongholds.
46   The LORD lives! Blessed is my Rock! *
Exalted is the God of my salvation!
47   He is the God who gave me victory *
and cast down the peoples beneath me.
48   You rescued me from the fury of my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; *
you saved me from my deadly foe.
49   Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O LORD, *
and sing praises to your Name.
50   He multiplies the victories of his king; *
he shows loving-kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants for ever.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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