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The Daily Readings for February 8, 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.

Genesis 27:30-45

As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, when Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of his father Isaac, his brother Esau came in from his hunting. He also prepared savory food, and brought it to his father. And he said to his father, "Let my father sit up and eat of his son's game, so that you may bless me." His father Isaac said to him, "Who are you?" He answered, "I am your firstborn son, Esau." Then Isaac trembled violently, and said, "Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him?-- yes, and blessed he shall be!" When Esau heard his father's words, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me, me also, father!" But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully, and he has taken away your blessing." Esau said, "Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright; and look, now he has taken away my blessing." Then he said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?" Isaac answered Esau, "I have already made him your lord, and I have given him all his brothers as servants, and with grain and wine I have sustained him. What then can I do for you, my son?" Esau said to his father, "Have you only one blessing, father? Bless me, me also, father!" And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. Then his father Isaac answered him: "See, away from the fatness of the earth shall your home be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you break loose, you shall break his yoke from your neck." Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob." But the words of her elder son Esau were told to Rebekah; so she sent and called her younger son Jacob and said to him, "Your brother Esau is consoling himself by planning to kill you. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran, and stay with him a while, until your brother's fury turns away-- until your brother's anger against you turns away, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send, and bring you back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?"

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

John 8:21-32

Again he said to them, "I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come." Then the Jews said, "Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he was saying these things, many believed in him. Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 146 Lauda, anima mea

  Hallelujah! Praise the LORD, O my soul! *
I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
  Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *
for there is no help in them.
  When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *
and in that day their thoughts perish.
  Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *
whose hope is in the LORD their God;
  Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *
who keeps his promise for ever;
  Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *
and food to those who hunger.
  The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; *
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
  The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger; *
he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
  The LORD shall reign for ever, *
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

Psalm 147 Laudate Dominum

  Hallelujah! How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
  The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem; *
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
  He heals the brokenhearted *
and binds up their wounds.
  He counts the number of the stars *
and calls them all by their names.
  Great is our LORD and mighty in power; *
there is no limit to his wisdom.
  The LORD lifts up the lowly, *
but casts the wicked to the ground.
  Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; *
make music to our God upon the harp.
  He covers the heavens with clouds *
and prepares rain for the earth;
  He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
and green plants to serve mankind.
10   He provides food for flocks and herds *
and for the young ravens when they cry.
11   He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
12   But the LORD has pleasure in those who fear him, *
in those who await his gracious favor.
13   Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; *
praise your God, O Zion;
14   For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; *
he has blessed your children within you.
15   He has established peace on your borders; *
he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
16   He sends out his command to the earth, *
and his word runs very swiftly.
17   He gives snow like wool; *
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
18   He scatters his hail like bread crumbs; *
who can stand against his cold?
19   He sends forth his word and melts them; *
he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
20   He declares his word to Jacob, *
his statutes and his judgments to Israel.
21   He has not done so to any other nation; *
to them he has not revealed his judgments. Hallelujah!

Evening Psalms

Psalm 85 Benedixisti, Domine

  You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
  You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
  You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
  Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
let your anger depart from us.
  Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
will you prolong your anger from age to age?
  Will you not give us life again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?
  Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
and grant us your salvation.
  I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
  Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10   Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11   Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12   The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13   Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Psalm 86 Inclina, Domine

  Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
  Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
  Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
  Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
  For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
  Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
  In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
  Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
nor anything like your works.
  All the nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD, *
and glorify your Name.
10   For you are great; you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
11   Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12   I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.
13   For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14   The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
15   But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16   Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.
17   Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

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