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The Daily Readings for August 9, 2014

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 9:22-25, 9:50-57

Abimelech ruled over Israel three years. But God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem; and the lords of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech. This happened so that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be avenged and their blood be laid on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and on the lords of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers. So, out of hostility to him, the lords of Shechem set ambushes on the mountain tops. They robbed all who passed by them along that way; and it was reported to Abimelech. Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it. But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women and all the lords of the city fled to it and shut themselves in; and they went to the roof of the tower. Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and came near to the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire. But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech's head, and crushed his skull. Immediately he called to the young man who carried his armor and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, so people will not say about me, 'A woman killed him.'" So the young man thrust him through, and he died. When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went home. Thus God repaid Abimelech for the crime he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers; and God also made all the wickedness of the people of Shechem fall back on their heads, and on them came the curse of Jotham son of Jerubbaal.

Acts 4:32-5:11

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement"). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property; with his wife's knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles' feet. "Ananias," Peter asked, "why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us but to God!" Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard of it. The young men came and wrapped up his body, then carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter said to her, "Tell me whether you and your husband sold the land for such and such a price." And she said, "Yes, that was the price." Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.

John 2:13-25

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, "Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!" His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me." The Jews then said to him, "What sign can you show us for doing this?" Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." The Jews then said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 87 Fundamenta ejus

  On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
  Glorious things are spoken of you, *
O city of our God.
  I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born.
  Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
  The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
"These also were born there."
  The singers and the dancers will say, *
"All my fresh springs are in you."

Psalm 90 Domine, refugium

  Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
  Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.
  You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."
  For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.
  You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.
  In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
  For we consume away in your displeasure; *
we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
  Our iniquities you have set before you, *
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
  When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; *
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11   Who regards the power of your wrath? *
who rightly fears your indignation?
12   So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.
14   Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15   Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16   Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.
17   May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 136 Confitemini

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who only does great wonders, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who created great lights, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The sun to rule the day, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
10   Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
11   And brought out Israel from among them, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
12   With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
13   Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
14   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
15   But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
16   Who led his people through the wilderness, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
17   Who struck down great kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
18   And slew mighty kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
19   Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
20   And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
21   And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
22   An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
23   Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
24   And delivered us from our enemies, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
25   Who gives food to all creatures, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
26   Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for his mercy endures for ever.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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