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The Daily Readings for January 12, 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.

Genesis 6:1-8

When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose. Then the LORD said, "My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years." The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-- and also afterward-- when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown. The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, "I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created-- people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD.

Hebrews 3:12-19

Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end. As it is said, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? But with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

John 2:1-12

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now." Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 16 Conserva me, Domine

  Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."
  All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.
  But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
  Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
  O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
  My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
  I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
  I have set the LORD always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
  My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10   For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11   You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17 Exaudi, Domine

  Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
  Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.
  Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
  I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
I have heeded the words of your lips.
  My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
  I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
incline your ear to me and hear my words.
  Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
  Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
  From the wicked who assault me, *
from my deadly enemies who surround me.
10   They have closed their heart to pity, *
and their mouth speaks proud things.
11   They press me hard, now they surround me, *
watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12   Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *
and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13   Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *
deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14   Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *
from those whose portion in life is this world;
15   Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16   But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meu

  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
  Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
  Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
  They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
  But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
  All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
  He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.
  Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10   I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
12   Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13   They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14   I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16   Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
17   They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
18   Be not far away, O LORD; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19   Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
20   Save me from the lion's mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21   I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22   Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23   For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24   My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25   The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"
26   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, *
and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27   For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations.
28   To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29   My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.
30   They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

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