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The Daily Readings for November 9, 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 Maccabees 1:1-28

After Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came from the land of Kittim, had defeated King Darius of the Persians and the Medes, he succeeded him as king. (He had previously become king of Greece.) He fought many battles, conquered strongholds, and put to death the kings of the earth. He advanced to the ends of the earth, and plundered many nations. When the earth became quiet before him, he was exalted, and his heart was lifted up. He gathered a very strong army and ruled over countries, nations, and princes, and they became tributary to him. After this he fell sick and perceived that he was dying. So he summoned his most honored officers, who had been brought up with him from youth, and divided his kingdom among them while he was still alive. And after Alexander had reigned twelve years, he died. Then his officers began to rule, each in his own place. They all put on crowns after his death, and so did their descendants after them for many years; and they caused many evils on the earth. From them came forth a sinful root, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus; he had been a hostage in Rome. He began to reign in the one hundred thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days certain renegades came out from Israel and misled many, saying, "Let us go and make a covenant with the Gentiles around us, for since we separated from them many disasters have come upon us." This proposal pleased them, and some of the people eagerly went to the king, who authorized them to observe the ordinances of the Gentiles. So they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem, according to Gentile custom, and removed the marks of circumcision, and abandoned the holy covenant. They joined with the Gentiles and sold themselves to do evil. When Antiochus saw that his kingdom was established, he determined to become king of the land of Egypt, in order that he might reign over both kingdoms. So he invaded Egypt with a strong force, with chariots and elephants and cavalry and with a large fleet. He engaged King Ptolemy of Egypt in battle, and Ptolemy turned and fled before him, and many were wounded and fell. They captured the fortified cities in the land of Egypt, and he plundered the land of Egypt. After subduing Egypt, Antiochus returned in the one hundred forty-third year. He went up against Israel and came to Jerusalem with a strong force. He arrogantly entered the sanctuary and took the golden altar, the lampstand for the light, and all its utensils. He took also the table for the bread of the Presence, the cups for drink offerings, the bowls, the golden censers, the curtain, the crowns, and the gold decoration on the front of the temple; he stripped it all off. He took the silver and the gold, and the costly vessels; he took also the hidden treasures that he found. Taking them all, he went into his own land. He shed much blood, and spoke with great arrogance. Israel mourned deeply in every community, rulers and elders groaned, young women and young men became faint, the beauty of the women faded. Every bridegroom took up the lament; she who sat in the bridal chamber was mourning. Even the land trembled for its inhabitants, and all the house of Jacob was clothed with shame.

Revelation 19:1-10

After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God, for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants." Once more they said, "Hallelujah! The smoke goes up from her forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" And from the throne came a voice saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, and all who fear him, small and great." Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure"-- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God." Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Matthew 16:1-12

The Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Jesus they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' And in the morning, 'It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah." Then he left them and went away. When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. Jesus said to them, "Watch out, and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." They said to one another, "It is because we have brought no bread." And becoming aware of it, Jesus said, "You of little faith, why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? How could you fail to perceive that I was not speaking about bread? Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the yeast of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 23 Dominus regit me

  The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
  He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
  He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
  Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 27 Dominus illuminatio

  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? *
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
  When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.
  Though an army should encamp against me, *
yet my heart shall not be afraid;
  And though war should rise up against me, *
yet will I put my trust in him.
  One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek; *
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life;
  To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
and to seek him in his temple.
  For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.
  Even now he lifts up my head *
above my enemies round about me.
  Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; *
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10   Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
have mercy on me and answer me.
11   You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12   Hide not your face from me, *
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13   You have been my helper; cast me not away; *
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14   Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
the LORD will sustain me.
15   Show me your way, O LORD; *
lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16   Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice.
17   What if I had not believed that I should see the goodness of the LORD *
in the land of the living!
18   O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
wait patiently for the LORD.

Psalm 83 Deus, quis similis?

  O God, do not be silent; *
do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
  For your enemies are in tumult, *
and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
  They take secret counsel against your people *
and plot against those whom you protect.
  They have said, "Come, let us wipe them out from among the nations; *
let the name of Israel be remembered no more."
  They have conspired together; *
they have made an alliance against you:
  The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; *
the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; *
the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
  The Assyrians also have joined them, *
and have come to help the people of Lot.
  Do to them as you did to Midian, *
to Sisera, and to Jabin at the river of Kishon:
10   They were destroyed at Endor; *
they became like dung upon the ground.
11   Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeëb, *
and all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12   Who said, "Let us take for ourselves *
the fields of God as our possession."
13   O my God, make them like whirling dust *
and like chaff before the wind;
14   Like fire that burns down a forest, *
like the flame that sets mountains ablaze.
15   Drive them with your tempest *
and terrify them with your storm;
16   Cover their faces with shame, O LORD, *
that they may seek your Name.
17   Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; *
let them be put to confusion and perish.
18   Let them know that you, whose Name is YAHWEH, *
you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

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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