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The Daily Readings for June 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10

There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. So I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves, for this will go with them in their toil through the days of life that God gives them under the sun. When I applied my mind to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how one's eyes see sleep neither day nor night, then I saw all the work of God, that no one can find out what is happening under the sun. However much they may toil in seeking, they will not find it out; even though those who are wise claim to know, they cannot find it out. All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them is vanity, since the same fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to those who sacrifice and those who do not sacrifice. As are the good, so are the sinners; those who swear are like those who shun an oath. This is an evil in all that happens under the sun, that the same fate comes to everyone. Moreover, the hearts of all are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. But whoever is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no more reward, and even the memory of them is lost. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished; never again will they have any share in all that happens under the sun. Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do. Let your garments always be white; do not let oil be lacking on your head. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that are given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Galatians 4:21-31

Tell me, you who desire to be subject to the law, will you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and the other by a free woman. One, the child of the slave, was born according to the flesh; the other, the child of the free woman, was born through the promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One woman, in fact, is Hagar, from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the other woman corresponds to the Jerusalem above; she is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, "Rejoice, you childless one, you who bear no children, burst into song and shout, you who endure no birth pangs; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than the children of the one who is married." Now you, my friends, are children of the promise, like Isaac. But just as at that time the child who was born according to the flesh persecuted the child who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. But what does the scripture say? "Drive out the slave and her child; for the child of the slave will not share the inheritance with the child of the free woman." So then, friends, we are children, not of the slave but of the free woman.

Matthew 15:29-39

After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?" Jesus asked them, "How many loaves have you?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish." Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 61 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my cry, O God, *
and listen to my prayer.
  I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; *
set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
  For you have been my refuge, *
a strong tower against the enemy.
  I will dwell in your house for ever; *
I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
  For you, O God, have heard my vows; *
you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.
  Add length of days to the king's life; *
let his years extend over many generations.
  Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; *
bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
  So will I always sing the praise of your Name, *
and day by day I will fulfill my vows.

Psalm 62 Nonne Deo?

  For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
from him comes my salvation.
  He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
  How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together, *
as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
  They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; *
lies are their chief delight.
  They bless with their lips, *
but in their hearts they curse.
  For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
truly, my hope is in him.
  He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
  In God is my safety and my honor; *
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
  Put your trust in him always, O people, *
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10   Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11   On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
all of them together.
12   Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; *
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13   God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
that power belongs to God.
14   Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 68 Exsurgat Deus

  Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
let those who hate him flee before him.
  Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
  But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
let them also be merry and joyful.
  Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!
  Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
God in his holy habitation!
  God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *
but the rebels shall live in dry places.
  O God, when you went forth before your people, *
when you marched through the wilderness,
  The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
  You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
you refreshed the land when it was weary.
10   Your people found their home in it; *
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.
11   The Lord gave the word; *
great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
12   Kings with their armies are fleeing away; *
the women at home are dividing the spoils.
13   Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, *
you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver, whose feathers are like green gold.
14   When the Almighty scattered kings, *
it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
15   O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! *
O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
16   Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, at the hill which God chose for his resting place? *
truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.
17   The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; *
the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
18   You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; you have received gifts even from your enemies, *
that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19   Blessed be the Lord day by day, *
the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
20   He is our God, the God of our salvation; *
God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.
21   God shall crush the heads of his enemies, *
and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their wickedness.
22   The Lord has said, "I will bring them back from Bashan; *
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23   That your foot may be dipped in blood, *
the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies."
24   They see your procession, O God, *
your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
25   The singers go before, musicians follow after, *
in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.
26   Bless God in the congregation; *
bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
27   There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head; the princes of Judah in a company; *
and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
28   Send forth your strength, O God; *
establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
29   Kings shall bring gifts to you, *
for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.
30   Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, *
and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
31   Trample down those who lust after silver; *
scatter the peoples that delight in war.
32   Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; *
let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.
33   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
sing praises to the Lord.
34   He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
35   Ascribe power to God; *
his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.
36   How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people! Blessed be God!

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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