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The Daily Readings for August 8, 2016

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.

Judges 12:1-7

The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross over to fight against the Ammonites, and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house down over you!" Jephthah said to them, "My people and I were engaged in conflict with the Ammonites who oppressed us severely. But when I called you, you did not deliver me from their hand. When I saw that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hand, and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the LORD gave them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me?" Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim; and the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim, because they said, "You are fugitives from Ephraim, you Gileadites-- in the heart of Ephraim and Manasseh." Then the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. Whenever one of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "Let me go over," the men of Gilead would say to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" When he said, "No," they said to him, "Then say Shibboleth," and he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand of the Ephraimites fell at that time. Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite died, and was buried in his town in Gilead.

Acts 5:12-26

Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. None of the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem. Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter's shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured. Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and said, "Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life." When they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching. When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the temple police went there, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and reported, "We found the prison securely locked and the guards standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside." Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what might be going on. Then someone arrived and announced, "Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!" Then the captain went with the temple police and brought them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

John 3:1-21

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? "Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 89: Part I Misericordias Domini

  Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
  For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
  I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
  'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
  The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
  For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
who is like the LORD among the gods?
  God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
great and terrible to all those round about him.
  Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
  You rule the raging of the sea *
and still the surging of its waves.
10   You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11   Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12   You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13   You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14   Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
15   Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16   They rejoice daily in your Name; *
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17   For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor our might is exalted.
18   Truly, the LORD is our ruler; *
The Holy One of Israel is our King.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 89: Part II Tunc locutus es
19   You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: *
"I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20   I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21   My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.
22   No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.
23   I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.
24   My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25   I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.
26   He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27   I will make him my firstborn *
and higher than the kings of the earth.
28   I will keep my love for him for ever, *
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29   I will establish his line for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven."
30   If his children forsake my law *
and do not walk according to my judgments;
31   If they break my statutes *
and do not keep my commandments;
32   I will punish their transgressions with a rod *
and their iniquities with the lash;
33   But I will not take my love from him, *
nor let my faithfulness prove false.
34   I will not break my covenant, *
nor change what has gone out of my lips.
35   Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: *
'I will not lie to David.
36   His line shall endure for ever *
and his throne as the sun before me;
37   It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, *
the abiding witness in the sky.'"
38   But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; *
you have become enraged at him.
39   You have broken your covenant with your servant, *
defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
40   You have breached all his walls *
and laid his strongholds in ruins.
41   All who pass by despoil him; *
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42   You have exalted the right hand of his foes *
and made all his enemies rejoice.
43   You have turned back the edge of his sword *
and have not sustained him in battle.
44   You have put an end to his splendor *
and cast his throne to the ground.
45   You have cut short the days of his youth *
and have covered him with shame.
46   How long will you hide yourself, O LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? *
how long will your anger burn like fire?
47   Remember, LORD, how short life is, *
how frail you have made all flesh.
48   Who can live and not see death? *
who can save himself from the power of the grave?
49   Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, *
which you promised David in your faithfulness?
50   Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, *
how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
51   The taunts your enemies have hurled, O LORD, *
which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
52   Blessed be the LORD for evermore! *
Amen, I say, Amen.

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