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The Daily Readings for November 4, 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.

Nehemiah 4:1-23

Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he mocked the Jews. He said in the presence of his associates and of the army of Samaria, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore things? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish it in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish-- and burned ones at that?" Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, "That stone wall they are building-- any fox going up on it would break it down!" Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their taunt back on their own heads, and give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover their guilt, and do not let their sin be blotted out from your sight; for they have hurled insults in the face of the builders. So we rebuilt the wall, and all the wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work. But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and the gaps were beginning to be closed, they were very angry, and all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. So we prayed to our God, and set a guard as a protection against them day and night. But Judah said, "The strength of the burden bearers is failing, and there is too much rubbish so that we are unable to work on the wall." And our enemies said, "They will not know or see anything before we come upon them and kill them and stop the work." When the Jews who lived near them came, they said to us ten times, "From all the places where they live they will come up against us." So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. After I looked these things over, I stood up and said to the nobles and the officials and the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, who is great and awesome, and fight for your kin, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes." When our enemies heard that their plot was known to us, and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and body-armor; and the leaders posted themselves behind the whole house of Judah, who were building the wall. The burden bearers carried their loads in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and with the other held a weapon. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me. And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, "The work is great and widely spread out, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. Rally to us wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet. Our God will fight for us." So we labored at the work, and half of them held the spears from break of dawn until the stars came out. I also said to the people at that time, "Let every man and his servant pass the night inside Jerusalem, so that they may be a guard for us by night and may labor by day." So neither I nor my brothers nor my servants nor the men of the guard who followed me ever took off our clothes; each kept his weapon in his right hand.

Revelation 7:4-17

And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the people of Israel: From the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed. After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Matthew 13:31-35

He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened." Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world."

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.

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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