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The Daily Readings for January 23, 2020

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 11:1-9

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the LORD said, "Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another's speech." So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Hebrews 6:13-20

When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, "I will surely bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

John 4:1-15

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, "Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John" -- although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized-- he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 37: Part I Noli aemulari

  Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
  For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
  Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
  Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
  Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
  He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
  Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
  Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
  Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10   For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11   In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12   But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13   The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14   The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15   The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16   Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17   The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18   For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 37: Part II Novit Dominus
19   The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20   They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21   As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish; they shall vanish like smoke.
22   The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23   Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24   Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25   If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26   I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken, or their children begging bread.
27   The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
28   Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
29   For the LORD loves justice; *
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30   They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31   The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
32   The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33   The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34   The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
35   The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36   Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; *
he will raise you up to possess the land, and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37   I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38   I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39   Mark those who are honest; observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40   Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41   But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42   The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, because they seek refuge in him.

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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