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The Daily Readings for July 27, 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.

1 Samuel 28:3-20

Now Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. Saul had expelled the mediums and the wizards from the land. The Philistines assembled, and came and encamped at Shunem. Saul gathered all Israel, and they encamped at Gilboa. When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. When Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, not by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her." His servants said to him, "There is a medium at Endor." So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes and went there, he and two men with him. They came to the woman by night. And he said, "Consult a spirit for me, and bring up for me the one whom I name to you." The woman said to him, "Surely you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the wizards from the land. Why then are you laying a snare for my life to bring about my death?" But Saul swore to her by the LORD, "As the LORD lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing." Then the woman said, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" He answered, "Bring up Samuel for me." When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!" The king said to her, "Have no fear; what do you see?" The woman said to Saul, "I see a divine being coming up out of the ground." He said to her, "What is his appearance?" She said, "An old man is coming up; he is wrapped in a robe." So Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground, and did obeisance. Then Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?" Saul answered, "I am in great distress, for the Philistines are warring against me, and God has turned away from me and answers me no more, either by prophets or by dreams; so I have summoned you to tell me what I should do." Samuel said, "Why then do you ask me, since the LORD has turned from you and become your enemy? The LORD has done to you just as he spoke by me; for the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand, and given it to your neighbor, David. Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD, and did not carry out his fierce wrath against Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you today. Moreover the LORD will give Israel along with you into the hands of the Philistines; and tomorrow you and your sons shall be with me; the LORD will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines." Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength in him, for he had eaten nothing all day and all night.

Acts 15:1-11

Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, "It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses." The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will."

Mark 5:1-20

They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me." For he had said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!" Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" He replied, "My name is Legion; for we are many." He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; and the unclean spirits begged him, "Send us into the swine; let us enter them." So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 50 Deus deorum

  The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
  Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.
  Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
  He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.
  Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.
  Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.
  Hear, O my people, and I will speak: "O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *
for I am God, your God.
  I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *
your offerings are always before me.
  I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *
nor he-goats out of your pens;
10   For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *
the herds in their thousands upon the hills.
11   I know every bird in the sky, *
and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
12   If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *
for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
13   Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *
or drink the blood of goats?
14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and make good your vows to the Most High.
15   Call upon me in the day of trouble; *
I will deliver you, and you shall honor me."
16   But to the wicked God says: *
"Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips;
17   Since you refuse discipline, *
and toss my words behind your back?
18   When you see a thief, you make him your friend, *
and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
19   You have loosed your lips for evil, *
and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
20   You are always speaking evil of your brother *
and slandering your own mother's son.
21   These things you have done, and I kept still, *
and you thought that I am like you."
22   I have made my accusation; *
I have put my case in order before your eyes.
23   Consider this well, you who forget God, *
lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.
24   Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *
but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 59 Eripe me de inimicis

  Rescue me from my enemies, O God; *
protect me from those who rise up against me.
  Rescue me from evildoers *
and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
  See how they lie in wait for my life, how the mighty gather together against me; *
not for any offense or fault of mine, O LORD.
  Not because of any guilt of mine *
they run and prepare themselves for battle.
  Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; *
for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel's God.
  Awake, and punish all the ungodly; *
show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
  They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
  Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips; *
"For who, they say, will hear us?"
  But you, O LORD, you laugh at them; *
you laugh all the ungodly to scorn.
10   My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold.
11   My merciful God comes to meet me; *
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
12   Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; *
send them reeling by your might and put them down, O Lord our shield.
13   For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, for the cursing and lies that they utter, *
let them be caught in their pride.
14   Make an end of them in your wrath; *
make an end of them, and they shall be no more.
15   Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, *
and to the ends of the earth.
16   They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
17   They forage for food, *
and if they are not filled, they howl.
18   For my part, I will sing of your strength; *
I will celebrate your love in the morning;
19   For you have become my stronghold, *
a refuge in the day of my trouble.
20   To you, O my Strength, will I sing; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.

Psalm 60 Deus, repulisti nos

  O God, you have cast us off and broken us; *
you have been angry; oh, take us back to you again.
  You have shaken the earth and split it open; *
repair the cracks in it, for it totters.
  You have made your people know hardship; *
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
  You have set up a banner for those who fear you, *
to be a refuge from the power of the bow.
  Save us by your right hand and answer us, *
that those who are dear to you may be delivered.
  God spoke from his holy place and said: *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my wash-basin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
  Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me to Edom?
10   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
11   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
12   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

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