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The Daily Readings for July 9, 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.

Numbers 32:1-6, 32:16-27

Now the Reubenites and the Gadites owned a very great number of cattle. When they saw that the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead was a good place for cattle, the Gadites and the Reubenites came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, "Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon-- the land that the LORD subdued before the congregation of Israel-- is a land for cattle; and your servants have cattle." They continued, "If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession; do not make us cross the Jordan." But Moses said to the Gadites and to the Reubenites, "Shall your brothers go to war while you sit here? Then they came up to him and said, "We will build sheepfolds here for our flocks, and towns for our little ones, but we will take up arms as a vanguard before the Israelites, until we have brought them to their place. Meanwhile our little ones will stay in the fortified towns because of the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to our homes until all the Israelites have obtained their inheritance. We will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has come to us on this side of the Jordan to the east." So Moses said to them, "If you do this-- if you take up arms to go before the LORD for the war, and all those of you who bear arms cross the Jordan before the LORD, until he has driven out his enemies from before him and the land is subdued before the LORD-- then after that you may return and be free of obligation to the LORD and to Israel, and this land shall be your possession before the LORD. But if you do not do this, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out. Build towns for your little ones, and folds for your flocks; but do what you have promised." Then the Gadites and the Reubenites said to Moses, "Your servants will do as my lord commands. Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock shall remain there in the towns of Gilead; but your servants will cross over, everyone armed for war, to do battle for the LORD, just as my lord orders."

Romans 8:26-30

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father-- the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 1 Beatus vir qui non abiit

  Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
  Their delight is in the law of the LORD, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.
  They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.
  It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
  Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.

Psalm 2 Quare fremuerunt gentes?

  Why are the nations in an uproar? *
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
  Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, *
against the LORD and against his Anointed?
  Let us break their yoke, they say; *
let us cast off their bonds from us.
  He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *
the Lord has them in derision.
  Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *
and his rage fills them with terror.
  I myself have set my king *
. upon my holy hill of Zion
  Let me announce the decree of the LORD: *
he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
  Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
  You shall crush them with an iron rod *
and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
10   And now, you kings, be wise; *
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11   Submit to the LORD with fear, *
and with trembling bow before him;
12   Lest he be angry and you perish; *
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
13   Happy are they all *
who take refuge in him!

Psalm 3 Domine, quid multiplicati

  LORD, how many adversaries I have! *
how many there are who rise up against me!
  How many there are who say of me, *
"There is no help for him in his God."
  But you, O LORD, are a shield about me; *
you are my glory, the one who lifts up my head.
  I call aloud upon the LORD, *
and he answers me from his holy hill;
  I lie down and go to sleep; *
I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.
  I do not fear the multitudes of people *
who set themselves against me all around.
  Rise up, O LORD; set me free, O my God; *
surely, you will strike all my enemies across the face, you will break the teeth of the wicked.
  Deliverance belongs to the LORD. *
Your blessing be upon your people!

Evening Psalms

Psalm 4 Cum invocarem

  Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
  You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?
  Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
  Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
  Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.
  Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
  You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
  I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 7 Domine, Deus meus

  O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; *
save and deliver me from all who pursue me;
  Lest like a lion they tear me in pieces *
and snatch me away with none to deliver me.
  O LORD my God, if I have done these things: *
if there is any wickedness in my hands,
  If I have repaid my friend with evil, *
or plundered him who without cause is my enemy;
  Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, *
trample my life into the ground, and lay my honor in the dust.
  Stand up, O LORD, in your wrath; *
rise up against the fury of my enemies.
  Awake, O my God, decree justice; *
let the assembly of the peoples gather round you.
  Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; *
O LORD, judge the nations.
  Give judgment for me according to my righteousness, O LORD, *
and according to my innocence, O Most High.
10   Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; *
for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God.
11   God is my shield and defense; *
he is the savior of the true in heart.
12   God is a righteous judge; *
God sits in judgment every day.
13   If they will not repent, God will whet his sword; *
he will bend his bow and make it ready.
14   He has prepared his weapons of death; *
he makes his arrows shafts of fire.
15   Look at those who are in labor with wickedness, *
who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie.
16   They dig a pit and make it deep *
and fall into the hole that they have made.
17   Their malice turns back upon their own head; *
their violence falls on their own scalp.
18   I will bear witness that the LORD is righteous; *
I will praise the Name of the LORD Most High.

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