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The Daily Readings for December 12, 2017

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.

Amos 7:10-17

Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the very center of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, 'Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.'" And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom." Then Amos answered Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' "Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.' Therefore thus says the LORD: 'Your wife shall become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parceled out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.'"

Revelation 1:9-16

I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, "Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force.

Matthew 22:34-46

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: "What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David." He said to them, "How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet" '? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?" No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 26 Judica me, Domine

  Give judgment for me, O LORD, for I have lived with integrity; *
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
  Test me, O LORD, and try me; *
examine my heart and my mind.
  For your love is before my eyes; *
I have walked faithfully with you.
  I have not sat with the worthless, *
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
  I have hated the company of evildoers; *
I will not sit down with the wicked.
  I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
that I may go in procession round your altar,
  Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
  LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
and the place where your glory abides.
  Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10   Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
and their right hand full of bribes.
11   As for me, I will live with integrity; *
redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
12   My foot stands on level ground; *
in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 28 Ad te, Domine

  O LORD, I call to you; my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; *
lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.
  Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, *
when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
  Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the evildoers, *
who speak peaceably with their neighbors, while strife is in their hearts.
  Repay them according to their deeds, *
and according to the wickedness of their actions.
  According to the work of their hands repay them, *
and give them their just deserts.
  They have no understanding of the LORD'S doings, nor of the works of his hands; *
therefore he will break them down and not build them up.
  Blessed is the LORD! *
for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
  The LORD is my strength and my shield; *
my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
  Therefore my heart dances for joy, *
and in my song will I praise him.
10   The LORD is the strength of his people, *
a safe refuge for his anointed.
11   Save your people and bless your inheritance; *
shepherd them and carry them for ever.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 36 Dixit injustus

  There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
  He flatters himself in his own eyes *
that his hateful sin will not be found out.
  The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; *
he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
  He thinks up wickedness upon his bed and has set himself in no good way; *
he does not abhor that which is evil.
  Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
  Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; *
you save both man and beast, O LORD.
  How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
  They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
  For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
10   Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11   Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12   See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 39 Dixi, Custodiam

  I said, "I will keep watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
  I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence."
  So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words; but my pain became unbearable.
  My heart was hot within me; while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
  LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
  You have given me a mere handful of days, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
  We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
  And now, what is my hope? *
O Lord, my hope is in you.
  Deliver me from all my transgressions *
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10   I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
11   Take your affliction from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12   With rebukes for sin you punish us; like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13   Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
14   For I am but a sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15   Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.

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