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The Daily Readings for November 27, 2021

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.

Zephaniah 3:1-13

Ah, soiled, defiled, oppressing city! It has listened to no voice; it has accepted no correction. It has not trusted in the LORD; it has not drawn near to its God. The officials within it are roaring lions; its judges are evening wolves that leave nothing until the morning. Its prophets are reckless, faithless persons; its priests have profaned what is sacred, they have done violence to the law. The LORD within it is righteous; he does no wrong. Every morning he renders his judgment, each dawn without fail; but the unjust knows no shame. I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that no one walks in them; their cities have been made desolate, without people, without inhabitants. I said, "Surely the city will fear me, it will accept correction; it will not lose sight of all that I have brought upon it." But they were the more eager to make all their deeds corrupt. Therefore wait for me, says the LORD, for the day when I arise as a witness. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the heat of my anger; for in the fire of my passion all the earth shall be consumed. At that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, my scattered ones, shall bring my offering. On that day you shall not be put to shame because of all the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain. For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD-- the remnant of Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. Then they will pasture and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.

1 Peter 2:11-25

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honorable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge. For the Lord's sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor. Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Matthew 20:1-16

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.' When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 131 Domine, non est

  O LORD, I am not proud; *
I have no haughty looks.
  I do not occupy myself with great matters, *
or with things that are too hard for me.
  But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother's breast; *
my soul is quieted within me.
  O Israel, wait upon the LORD, *
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 132 Memento, Domine

  LORD, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
  How he swore an oath to the LORD *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
  I will not come under the roof of my house, *
nor climb up into my bed;
  I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
  Until I find a place for the LORD, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
  The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
  Let us go to God's dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
  Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
10   For your servant David's sake, *
do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11   The LORD has sworn an oath to David; *
in truth, he will not break it:
12   A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
13   If your children keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."
14   For the LORD has chosen Zion; *
he has desired her for his habitation:
15   This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16   I will surely bless her provisions, *
and satisfy her poor with bread.
17   I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18   There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19   As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
but as for him, his crown will shine."

Psalm 133 Ecce, quam bonum!

  Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
when brethren live together in unity!
  It is like fine oil upon the head *
that runs down upon the beard,
  Upon the beard of Aaron, *
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
  It is like the dew of Hermon *
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
  For there the LORD has ordained the blessing: *
life for evermore.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 134 Ecce nunc

  Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
  Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Psalm 135 Laudate nomen

  Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD; *
give praise, you servants of the LORD.
  You who stand in the house of the LORD, *
in the courts of the house of our God.
  Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; *
sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.
  For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself *
and Israel for his own possession.
  For I know that the LORD is great, *
and that our Lord is above all gods.
  The LORD does whatever pleases him, in heaven and on earth, *
in the seas and all the deeps.
  He brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; *
he sends out lightning with the rain, and brings the winds out of his storehouse.
  It was he who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
the firstborn both of man and beast.
  He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, *
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10   He overthrew many nations *
and put mighty kings to death:
11   Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan, *
and all the kings of Canaan.
12   He gave their land to be an inheritance, *
an inheritance for Israel his people.
13   O LORD, your Name is everlasting; *
your renown, O LORD, endures from age to age.
14   For the LORD gives his people justice *
and shows compassion to his servants.
15   The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, *
the work of human hands.
16   They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
eyes have they, but they cannot see.
17   They have ears, but they cannot hear; *
neither is there any breath in their mouth.
18   Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.
19   Bless the LORD, O house of Israel; *
O house of Aaron, bless the LORD.
20   Bless the LORD, O house of Levi; *
you who fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
21   Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, *
who dwells in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

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