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The Daily Readings for November 8, 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 13:4-22

Now before this, the priest Eliashib, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, and who was related to Tobiah, prepared for Tobiah a large room where they had previously put the grain offering, the frankincense, the vessels, and the tithes of grain, wine, and oil, which were given by commandment to the Levites, singers, and gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests. While this was taking place I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes of Babylon I went to the king. After some time I asked leave of the king and returned to Jerusalem. I then discovered the wrong that Eliashib had done on behalf of Tobiah, preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God. And I was very angry, and I threw all the household furniture of Tobiah out of the room. Then I gave orders and they cleansed the chambers, and I brought back the vessels of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense. I also found out that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them; so that the Levites and the singers, who had conducted the service, had gone back to their fields. So I remonstrated with the officials and said, "Why is the house of God forsaken?" And I gathered them together and set them in their stations. Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain, wine, and oil into the storehouses. And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouses the priest Shelemiah, the scribe Zadok, and Pedaiah of the Levites, and as their assistant Hanan son of Zaccur son of Mattaniah, for they were considered faithful; and their duty was to distribute to their associates. Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for his service. In those days I saw in Judah people treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in heaps of grain and loading them on donkeys; and also wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day; and I warned them at that time against selling food. Tyrians also, who lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of merchandise and sold them on the sabbath to the people of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I remonstrated with the nobles of Judah and said to them, "What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the sabbath day? Did not your ancestors act in this way, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring more wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath." When it began to be dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut and gave orders that they should not be opened until after the sabbath. And I set some of my servants over the gates, to prevent any burden from being brought in on the sabbath day. Then the merchants and sellers of all kinds of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem once or twice. But I warned them and said to them, "Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you." From that time on they did not come on the sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.

Revelation 12:1-12

A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days. And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world-- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!"

Matthew 13:53-58

When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place. He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house." And he did not do many deeds of power there, because of their unbelief.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 72 Deus, judicium

  Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King's son;
  That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice.
  That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.
  He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
  He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
  He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
  In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
  He shall rule from sea to sea, *
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
  His foes shall bow down before him, *
and his enemies lick the dust.
10   The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *
and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11   All kings shall bow down before him, *
and all the nations do him service.
12   For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
and the oppressed who has no helper.
13   He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14   He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15   Long may he live! and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
may prayer be made for him always, and may they bless him all the day long.
16   May there be abundance of grain on the earth, growing thick even on the hilltops; *
may its fruit flourish like Lebanon, and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17   May his Name remain for ever and be established as long as the sun endures; *
may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.
18   Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!
19   And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with his glory. Amen. Amen.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Yodh Manus tuæ fecerunt me
73   Your hands have made me and fashioned me; *
give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
74   Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, *
because I trust in your word.
75   I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right *
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76   Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, *
as you have promised to your servant.
77   Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, *
for your law is my delight.
78   Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies; *
but I will meditate on your commandments.
79   Let those who fear you turn to me, *
and also those who know your decrees.
80   Let my heart be sound in your statutes, *
that I may not be put to shame.

Psalm 119: Kaph Defecit in salutare
81   My soul has longed for your salvation; *
I have put my hope in your word.
82   My eyes have failed from watching for your promise, *
and I say, "When will you comfort me?"
83   I have become like a leather flask in the smoke, *
but I have not forgotten your statutes.
84   How much longer must I wait? *
when will you give judgment against those who persecute me?
85   The proud have dug pits for me; *
they do not keep your law.
86   All your commandments are true; *
help me, for they persecute me with lies.
87   They had almost made an end of me on earth, *
but I have not forsaken your commandments.
88   In your loving-kindness, revive me, *
that I may keep the decrees of your mouth.

Psalm 119: Lamedh In æternum, Domine
89   O LORD, your word is everlasting; *
it stands firm in the heavens.
90   Your faithfulness remains from one generation to another; *
you established the earth, and it abides.
91   By your decree these continue to this day, *
for all things are your servants.
92   If my delight had not been in your law, *
I should have perished in my affliction.
93   I will never forget your commandments, *
because by them you give me life.
94   I am yours; oh, that you would save me! *
for I study your commandments.
95   Though the wicked lie in wait for me to destroy me, *
I will apply my mind to your decrees.
96   I see that all things come to an end, *
but your commandment has no bounds.

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