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The Daily Readings for December 1, 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.

Isaiah 1:21-31

How the faithful city has become a whore! She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her-- but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water. Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not defend the orphan, and the widow's cause does not come before them. Therefore says the Sovereign, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will pour out my wrath on my enemies, and avenge myself on my foes! I will turn my hand against you; I will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy. And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed. For you shall be ashamed of the oaks in which you delighted; and you shall blush for the gardens that you have chosen. For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water. The strong shall become like tinder, and their work like a spark; they and their work shall burn together, with no one to quench them.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Luke 20:9-18

He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed. And he sent still a third; this one also they wounded and threw out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, 'This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.' So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Heaven forbid!" But he looked at them and said, "What then does this text mean: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone'? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 5 Verba mea auribus

  Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
consider my meditation.
  Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.
  In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
  For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.
  Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.
  You destroy those who speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness, because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.
  For there is no truth in their mouth; *
there is destruction in their heart;
10   Their throat is an open grave; *
they flatter with their tongue.
11   Declare them guilty, O God; *
let them fall, because of their schemes.
12   Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *
for they have rebelled against you.
13   But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.
14   You will shelter them, *
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15   For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 6 Domine, ne in furore

  LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
  My spirit shakes with terror; *
how long, O LORD, how long?
  Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
  For in death no one remembers you; *
and who will give you thanks in the grave?
  I grow weary because of my groaning; *
every night I drench my bed and flood my couch with tears.
  My eyes are wasted with grief *
and worn away because of all my enemies.
  Depart from me, all evildoers, *
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
  The LORD has heard my supplication; *
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10   All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 10 Ut quid, Domine?

  Why do you stand so far off, O LORD, *
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
  The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
  The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
  The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
  Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
they defy all their enemies.
  They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; *
no harm shall happen to me ever."
  Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
  They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
they spy out the helpless.
  They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10   The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *
the helpless fall before their power.
11   They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
12   Rise up, O LORD; lift up your hand, O God; *
do not forget the afflicted.
13   Why should the wicked revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
14   Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *
you see it and take it into your own hand.
15   The helpless commit themselves to you, *
for you are the helper of orphans.
16   Break the power of the wicked and evil; *
search out their wickedness until you find none.
17   The LORD is King for ever and ever; *
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18   The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19   To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

Psalm 11 In Domino confido

  In the LORD have I taken refuge; *
how then can you say to me, "Fly away like a bird to the hilltop;
  For see how the wicked bend the bow and fit their arrows to the string, *
to shoot from ambush at the true of heart.
  When the foundations are being destroyed, *
what can the righteous do?"
  The LORD is in his holy temple; *
the LORD'S throne is in heaven.
  His eyes behold the inhabited world; *
his piercing eye weighs our worth.
  The LORD weighs the righteous as well as the wicked, *
but those who delight in violence he abhors.
  Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and burning sulphur; *
a scorching wind shall be their lot.
  For the LORD is righteous; he delights in righteous deeds; *
and the just shall see his face.

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