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The Daily Readings for September 7, 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 18:1-19

After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year of the drought, saying, "Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send rain on the earth." So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The famine was severe in Samaria. Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the LORD greatly; when Jezebel was killing off the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets, hid them fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water.) Then Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals." So they divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself. As Obadiah was on the way, Elijah met him; Obadiah recognized him, fell on his face, and said, "Is it you, my lord Elijah?" He answered him, "It is I. Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here." And he said, "How have I sinned, that you would hand your servant over to Ahab, to kill me? As the LORD your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom to which my lord has not sent to seek you; and when they would say, 'He is not here,' he would require an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. But now you say, 'Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.' As soon as I have gone from you, the spirit of the LORD will carry you I know not where; so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have revered the LORD from my youth. Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred of the LORD's prophets fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water? Yet now you say, 'Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here' he will surely kill me." Elijah said, "As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today." So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah. When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is it you, you troubler of Israel?" He answered, "I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father's house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and followed the Baals. Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."

Philippians 2:12-30

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you-- and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me. I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. All of them are seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But Timothy's worth you know, how like a son with a father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope therefore to send him as soon as I see how things go with me; and I trust in the Lord that I will also come soon. Still, I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus-- my brother and co-worker and fellow soldier, your messenger and minister to my need; for he has been longing for all of you, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. He was indeed so ill that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, so that I would not have one sorrow after another. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, in order that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. Welcome him then in the Lord with all joy, and honor such people, because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for those services that you could not give me.

Matthew 2:13-23

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, "Out of Egypt I have called my son." When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more." When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead." Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "He will be called a Nazorean."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 50 Deus deorum

  The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; *
he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
  Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, *
God reveals himself in glory.
  Our God will come and will not keep silence; *
before him there is a consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
  He calls the heavens and the earth from above *
to witness the judgment of his people.
  Gather before me my loyal followers, *
those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.
  Let the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; *
for God himself is judge.
  Hear, O my people, and I will speak: "O Israel, I will bear witness against you; *
for I am God, your God.
  I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; *
your offerings are always before me.
  I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, *
nor he-goats out of your pens;
10   For all the beasts of the forest are mine, *
the herds in their thousands upon the hills.
11   I know every bird in the sky, *
and the creatures of the fields are in my sight.
12   If I were hungry, I would not tell you, *
for the whole world is mine and all that is in it.
13   Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, *
or drink the blood of goats?
14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and make good your vows to the Most High.
15   Call upon me in the day of trouble; *
I will deliver you, and you shall honor me."
16   But to the wicked God says: *
"Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips;
17   Since you refuse discipline, *
and toss my words behind your back?
18   When you see a thief, you make him your friend, *
and you cast in your lot with adulterers.
19   You have loosed your lips for evil, *
and harnessed your tongue to a lie.
20   You are always speaking evil of your brother *
and slandering your own mother's son.
21   These things you have done, and I kept still, *
and you thought that I am like you."
22   I have made my accusation; *
I have put my case in order before your eyes.
23   Consider this well, you who forget God, *
lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.
24   Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; *
but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 59 Eripe me de inimicis

  Rescue me from my enemies, O God; *
protect me from those who rise up against me.
  Rescue me from evildoers *
and save me from those who thirst for my blood.
  See how they lie in wait for my life, how the mighty gather together against me; *
not for any offense or fault of mine, O LORD.
  Not because of any guilt of mine *
they run and prepare themselves for battle.
  Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; *
for you, LORD God of hosts, are Israel's God.
  Awake, and punish all the ungodly; *
show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil.
  They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
  Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips; *
"For who, they say, will hear us?"
  But you, O LORD, you laugh at them; *
you laugh all the ungodly to scorn.
10   My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold.
11   My merciful God comes to meet me; *
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
12   Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; *
send them reeling by your might and put them down, O Lord our shield.
13   For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, for the cursing and lies that they utter, *
let them be caught in their pride.
14   Make an end of them in your wrath; *
make an end of them, and they shall be no more.
15   Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, *
and to the ends of the earth.
16   They go to and fro in the evening; *
they snarl like dogs and run about the city.
17   They forage for food, *
and if they are not filled, they howl.
18   For my part, I will sing of your strength; *
I will celebrate your love in the morning;
19   For you have become my stronghold, *
a refuge in the day of my trouble.
20   To you, O my Strength, will I sing; *
for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God.

Psalm 60 Deus, repulisti nos

  O God, you have cast us off and broken us; *
you have been angry; oh, take us back to you again.
  You have shaken the earth and split it open; *
repair the cracks in it, for it totters.
  You have made your people know hardship; *
you have given us wine that makes us stagger.
  You have set up a banner for those who fear you, *
to be a refuge from the power of the bow.
  Save us by your right hand and answer us, *
that those who are dear to you may be delivered.
  God spoke from his holy place and said: *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my wash-basin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
  Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me to Edom?
10   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
11   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
12   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

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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