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The Daily Readings for September 6, 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.

1 Kings 9:24-10:13

But Pharaoh's daughter went up from the city of David to her own house that Solomon had built for her; then he built the Millo. Three times a year Solomon used to offer up burnt offerings and sacrifices of well-being on the altar that he built for the LORD, offering incense before the LORD. So he completed the house. King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom. Hiram sent his servants with the fleet, sailors who were familiar with the sea, together with the servants of Solomon. They went to Ophir, and imported from there four hundred twenty talents of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon. When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon (fame due to the name of the LORD), she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. When the queen of Sheba had observed all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his valets, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. So she said to the king, "The report was true that I heard in my own land of your accomplishments and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. Not even half had been told me; your wisdom and prosperity far surpass the report that I had heard. Happy are your wives! Happy are these your servants, who continually attend you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king to execute justice and righteousness." Then she gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones; never again did spices come in such quantity as that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which carried gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a great quantity of almug wood and precious stones. From the almug wood the king made supports for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, lyres also and harps for the singers; no such almug wood has come or been seen to this day. Meanwhile King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba every desire that she expressed, as well as what he gave her out of Solomon's royal bounty. Then she returned to her own land, with her servants.

James 3:1-12

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue-- a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.

Mark 15:1-11

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "You say so." Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, "Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you." But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 38 Domine, ne in furore

  O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  For your arrows have already pierced me, *
and your hand presses hard upon me.
  There is no health in my flesh, because of your indignation; *
there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
  For my iniquities overwhelm me; *
like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
  My wounds stink and fester *
by reason of my foolishness.
  I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; *
I go about in mourning all the day long.
  My loins are filled with searing pain; *
there is no health in my body.
  I am utterly numb and crushed; *
I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
  O Lord, you know all my desires, *
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10   My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, *
and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
11   My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; *
my neighbors stand afar off.
12   Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; *
those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long.
13   But I am like the deaf who do not hear, *
like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
14   I have become like one who does not hear *
and from whose mouth comes no defense.
15   For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; *
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16   For I said, "Do not let them rejoice at my expense, *
those who gloat over me when my foot slips."
17   Truly, I am on the verge of falling, *
and my pain is always with me.
18   I will confess my iniquity *
and be sorry for my sin.
19   Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, *
and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20   Those who repay evil for good slander me, *
because I follow the course that is right.
21   O LORD, do not forsake me; *
be not far from me, O my God.
22   Make haste to help me, *
O Lord of my salvation.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Daleth Adhæsit pavimento
25    My soul cleaves to the dust; *
give me life according to your word.
26   I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; *
instruct me in your statutes.
27   Make me understand the way of your commandments, *
that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28   My soul melts away for sorrow; *
strengthen me according to your word.
29   Take from me the way of lying; *
let me find grace through your law.
30   I have chosen the way of faithfulness; *
I have set your judgments before me.
31   I hold fast to your decrees; *
O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32   I will run the way of your commandments, *
for you have set my heart at liberty.

Psalm 119: He Legem pone
33   Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
and I shall keep it to the end.
34   Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
I shall keep it with all my heart.
35   Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
for that is my desire.
36   Incline my heart to your decrees *
and not to unjust gain.
37   Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
give me life in your ways.
38   Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
which you make to those who fear you.
39   Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
because your judgments are good.
40   Behold, I long for your commandments; *
in your righteousness preserve my life.

Psalm 119: Waw Et veniat super me
41   Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, *
and your salvation, according to your promise.
42   Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
because I trust in your words.
43   Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
for my hope is in your judgments.
44   I shall continue to keep your law; *
I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45   I will walk at liberty, *
because I study your commandments.
46   I will tell of your decrees before kings *
and will not be ashamed.
47   I delight in your commandments, *
which I have always loved.
48   I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
and I will meditate on your statutes.

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