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The Daily Readings for November 3, 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.

Ecclesiasticus 35:1-17

The one who keeps the law makes many offerings; one who heeds the commandments makes an offering of well-being. The one who returns a kindness offers choice flour, and one who gives alms sacrifices a thank offering. To keep from wickedness is pleasing to the Lord, and to forsake unrighteousness is an atonement. Do not appear before the Lord empty-handed, for all that you offer is in fulfillment of the commandment. The offering of the righteous enriches the altar, and its pleasing odor rises before the Most High. The sacrifice of the righteous is acceptable, and it will never be forgotten. Be generous when you worship the Lord, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands. With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe with gladness. Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford. For the Lord is the one who repays, and he will repay you sevenfold. Do not offer him a bribe, for he will not accept it; and do not rely on a dishonest sacrifice; for the Lord is the judge, and with him there is no partiality. He will not show partiality to the poor; but he will listen to the prayer of one who is wronged. He will not ignore the supplication of the orphan, or the widow when she pours out her complaint.

Revelation 13:11-18

Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; and by the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.

Luke 12:32-48

"Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?" And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and if he begins to beat the other slaves, men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful. That slave who knew what his master wanted, but did not prepare himself or do what was wanted, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know and did what deserved a beating will receive a light beating. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 55 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my prayer, O God; *
do not hide yourself from my petition.
  Listen to me and answer me; *
I have no peace, because of my cares.
  I am shaken by the noise of the enemy *
and by the pressure of the wicked;
  For they have cast an evil spell upon me *
and are set against me in fury.
  My heart quakes within me, *
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
  Fear and trembling have come over me, *
and horror overwhelms me.
  And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! *
I would fly away and be at rest.
  I would flee to a far-off place *
and make my lodging in the wilderness.
  I would hasten to escape *
from the stormy wind and tempest."
10   Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; *
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
11   Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls, *
but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.
12   There is corruption at her heart; *
her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13   For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; *
or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him.
14   But it was you, a man after my own heart, *
my companion, my own familiar friend.
15   We took sweet counsel together, *
and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16   Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive to the grave; *
for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17   But I will call upon God, *
and the LORD will deliver me.
18   In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, *
and he will hear my voice.
19   He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; *
for there are many who fight me.
20   God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; *
they never change; they do not fear God.
21   My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; *
he has broken his covenant.
22   His speech is softer than butter, *
but war is in his heart.
23   His words are smoother than oil, *
but they are drawn swords.
24   Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; *
he will never let the righteous stumble.
25   For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful *
down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26   They shall not live out half their days, *
but I will put my trust in you.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 138 Confitebor tibi

  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
before the gods I will sing your praise.
  I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, *
because of your love and faithfulness;
  For you have glorified your Name *
and your word above all things.
  When I called, you answered me; *
you increased my strength within me.
  All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, *
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
  They will sing of the ways of the LORD, *
that great is the glory of the LORD.
  Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; *
he perceives the haughty from afar.
  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me.
  The LORD will make good his purpose for me; *
O LORD, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 139 Domine, probasti

  LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
  You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
  Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
  You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
  Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
  If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
  If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
  Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
10   If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night, "
11   Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike.
12   For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13   I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14   My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
15   Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.
16   How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!
17   If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
18   Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19   They speak despitefully against you; *
your enemies take your Name in vain.
20   Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? *
and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21   I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
they have become my own enemies.
22   Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
try me and know my restless thoughts.
23   Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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