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The Daily Readings for September 24, 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.

Esther 4:4-17

When Esther's maids and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed; she sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might take off his sackcloth; but he would not accept them. Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what was happening and why. Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king's gate, and Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. Mordecai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther, explain it to her, and charge her to go to the king to make supplication to him and entreat him for her people. Hathach went and told Esther what Mordecai had said. Then Esther spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mordecai, saying, "All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law-- all alike are to be put to death. Only if the king holds out the golden scepter to someone, may that person live. I myself have not been called to come in to the king for thirty days." When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not think that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." Then Esther said in reply to Mordecai, "Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish." Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.

Acts 18:1-11

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together-- by trade they were tentmakers. Every sabbath he would argue in the synagogue and would try to convince Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with proclaiming the word, testifying to the Jews that the Messiah was Jesus. When they opposed and reviled him, in protest he shook the dust from his clothes and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." Then he left the synagogue and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God; his house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the official of the synagogue, became a believer in the Lord, together with all his household; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul became believers and were baptized. One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people." He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Luke 1:1-4, 3:1-14

Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed. In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 80 Qui regis Israel

  Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
  In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.
  Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
  O LORD God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?
  You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
  You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
  Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
  You have brought a vine out of Egypt; *
you cast out the nations and planted it.
  You prepared the ground for it; *
it took root and filled the land.
10   The mountains were covered by its shadow *
and the towering cedar trees by its boughs.
11   You stretched out its tendrils to the Sea *
and its branches to the River.
12   Why have you broken down its wall, *
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
13   The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, *
and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it.
14   Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine; *
preserve what your right hand has planted.
15   They burn it with fire like rubbish; *
at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish.
16   Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17   And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18   Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 77 Voce mea ad Dominum

  I will cry aloud to God; *
I will cry aloud, and he will hear me.
  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; *
my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire; I refused to be comforted.
  I think of God, I am restless, *
I ponder, and my spirit faints.
  You will not let my eyelids close; *
I am troubled and I cannot speak.
  I consider the days of old; *
I remember the years long past;
  I commune with my heart in the night; *
I ponder and search my mind.
  Will the Lord cast me off for ever? *
will he no more show his favor?
  Has his loving-kindness come to an end for ever? *
has his promise failed for evermore?
  Has God forgotten to be gracious? *
has he, in his anger, withheld his compassion?
10   And I said, "My grief is this: *
the right hand of the Most High has lost its power."
11   I will remember the works of the LORD, *
and call to mind your wonders of old time.
12   I will meditate on all your acts *
and ponder your mighty deeds.
13   Your way, O God, is holy; *
who is so great a god as our God?
14   You are the God who works wonders *
and have declared your power among the peoples.
15   By your strength you have redeemed your people, *
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
16   The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw you and trembled; *
the very depths were shaken.
17   The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; *
your arrows flashed to and fro;
18   The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lit up the world; *
the earth trembled and shook.
19   Your way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters, *
yet your footsteps were not seen.
20   You led your people like a flock *
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 79 Deus, venerunt

  O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple; *
they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble.
  They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air, *
and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field.
  They have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, *
and there was no one to bury them.
  We have become a reproach to our neighbors, *
an object of scorn and derision to those around us.
  How long will you be angry, O LORD? *
will your fury blaze like fire for ever?
  Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you *
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name.
  For they have devoured Jacob *
and made his dwelling a ruin.
  Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us; *
for we have been brought very low.
  Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your Name; *
deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your Name's sake.
10   Why should the heathen say, "Where is their God?" *
Let it be known among the heathen and in our sight that you avenge the shedding of your servants' blood.
11   Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you, *
and by your great might spare those who are condemned to die.
12   May the revilings with which they reviled you, O Lord, *
return seven-fold into their bosoms.
13   For we are your people and the sheep of your pasture; *
we will give you thanks for ever and show forth your praise from age to age.

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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