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The Daily Readings for April 23, 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.

Exodus 32:1-20

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him." Aaron said to them, "Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!" When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, "Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD." They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. The LORD said to Moses, "Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'" The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation." But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, "O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, 'It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, 'I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'" And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people. Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain, carrying the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, tablets that were written on both sides, written on the front and on the back. The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved upon the tablets. When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a noise of war in the camp." But he said, "It is not the sound made by victors, or the sound made by losers; it is the sound of revelers that I hear." As soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses' anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets from his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf that they had made, burned it with fire, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the Israelites drink it.

Colossians 3:18-4:16

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven. Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts; he is coming with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here. Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions-- if he comes to you, welcome him. And Jesus who is called Justus greets you. These are the only ones of the circumcision among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills. For I testify for him that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea.

Matthew 5:1-10

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 41 Beatus qui intelligit

  Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! *
the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble.
  The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive, so that they may be happy in the land; *
he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
  The LORD sustains them on their sickbed *
and ministers to them in their illness.
  I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; *
heal me, for I have sinned against you."
  My enemies are saying wicked things about me: *
"When will he die, and his name perish?"
  Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; *
their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them.
  All my enemies whisper together about me *
and devise evil against me.
  A deadly thing, they say, has fastened on him; *
he has taken to his bed and will never get up again.
  Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, *
has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
10   But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, *
and I shall repay them.
11   By this I know you are pleased with me, *
that my enemy does not triumph over me.
12   In my integrity you hold me fast, *
and shall set me before your face for ever.
13   Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, *
from age to age. Amen. Amen.

Psalm 52 Quid gloriaris?

  You tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness *
against the godly all day long?
  You plot ruin; your tongue is like a sharpened razor, *
O worker of deception.
  You love evil more than good *
and lying more than speaking the truth.
  You love all words that hurt, *
O you deceitful tongue.
  Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, *
topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living!
  The righteous shall see and tremble, *
and they shall laugh at him, saying,
  This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, *
but trusted in great wealth and relied upon wickedness.
  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; *
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
  I will give you thanks for what you have done *
and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 44 Deus, auribus

  We have heard with our ears, O God, our forefathers have told us, *
the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
  How with your hand you drove the peoples out and planted our forefathers in the land; *
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
  For they did not take the land by their sword, nor did their arm win the victory for them; *
but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them.
  You are my King and my God; *
you command victories for Jacob.
  Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
  For I do not rely on my bow, *
and my sword does not give me the victory.
  Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries *
and put those who hate us to shame.
  Every day we gloried in God, *
and we will praise your Name for ever.
  Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
and do not go forth with our armies.
10   You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
and our enemies have plundered us.
11   You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
and have scattered us among the nations.
12   You are selling your people for a trifle *
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
13   You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
a mockery and derision to those around us.
14   You have made us a byword among the nations, *
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
15   My humiliation is daily before me, *
and shame has covered my face;
16   Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, *
because of the enemy and avenger.
17   All this has come upon us; *
yet we have not forgotten you, nor have we betrayed your covenant.
18   Our heart never turned back, *
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
19   Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, *
and covered us over with deep darkness.
20   If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
21   Will not God find it out? *
for he knows the secrets of the heart.
22   Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; *
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23   Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
24   Why have you hidden your face *
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
25   We sink down into the dust; *
our body cleaves to the ground.
26   Rise up, and help us, *
and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.

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