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The Daily Readings for July 6, 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.

Numbers 24:1-13

Now Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, so he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. Balaam looked up and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. Then the spirit of God came upon him, and he uttered his oracle, saying: "The oracle of Balaam son of Beor, the oracle of the man whose eye is clear, the oracle of one who hears the words of God, who sees the vision of the Almighty, who falls down, but with eyes uncovered: how fair are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel! Like palm groves that stretch far away, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the LORD has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters. Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall have abundant water, his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. God who brings him out of Egypt, is like the horns of a wild ox for him; he shall devour the nations that are his foes and break their bones. He shall strike with his arrows. He crouched, he lay down like a lion, and like a lioness; who will rouse him up? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you." Then Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, "I summoned you to curse my enemies, but instead you have blessed them these three times. Now be off with you! Go home! I said, 'I will reward you richly,' but the LORD has denied you any reward." And Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 'If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad of my own will; what the LORD says, that is what I will say'?

Romans 8:12-17

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ-- if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 140 Eripe me, Domine

  Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; *
protect me from the violent,
  Who devise evil in their hearts *
and stir up strife all day long.
  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; *
adder's poison is under their lips.
  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; *
protect me from the violent, who are determined to trip me up.
  The proud have hidden a snare for me and stretched out a net of cords; *
they have set traps for me along the path.
  I have said to the LORD, "You are my God; *
listen, O LORD, to my supplication.
  O Lord GOD, the strength of my salvation, *
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
  Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O LORD, *
nor let their evil plans prosper.
  Let not those who surround me lift up their heads; *
let the evil of their lips overwhelm them.
10   Let hot burning coals fall upon them; *
let them be cast into the mire, never to rise up again."
11   A slanderer shall not be established on the earth, *
and evil shall hunt down the lawless.
12   I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor *
and render justice to the needy.
13   Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your Name, *
and the upright shall continue in your sight.

Psalm 142 Voce mea ad Dominum

  I cry to the LORD with my voice; *
to the LORD I make loud supplication.
  I pour out my complaint before him *
and tell him all my trouble.
  When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path; *
in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
  I look to my right hand and find no one who knows me; *
I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for me.
  I cry out to you, O LORD; *
I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
  Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low; *
save me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
  Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your Name; *
when you have dealt bountifully with me, the righteous will gather around me.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 141 Domine, clamavi

  O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
  Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
  Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD, and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
  Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
  Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
  Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
  As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
  But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life.
  Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
10   Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

Psalm 143 Domine, exaudi

  LORD, hear my prayer, and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; *
answer me in your righteousness.
  Enter not into judgment with your servant, *
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
  For my enemy has sought my life; he has crushed me to the ground; *
he has made me live in dark places like those who are long dead.
  My spirit faints within me; *
my heart within me is desolate.
  I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; *
I consider the works of your hands.
  I spread out my hands to you; *
my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
  O LORD, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; *
do not hide your face from me or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
  Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in you; *
show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to you.
  Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD, *
for I flee to you for refuge.
10   Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; *
let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11   Revive me, O LORD, for your Name's sake; *
for your righteousness' sake, bring me out of trouble.
12   Of your goodness, destroy my enemies and bring all my foes to naught, *
for truly I am your servant.

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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