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The Daily Readings for April 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.

Exodus 7:8-24

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a wonder,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, and it will become a snake.'" So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did as the LORD had commanded; Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret arts. Each one threw down his staff, and they became snakes; but Aaron's staff swallowed up theirs. Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water; stand by at the river bank to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was turned into a snake. Say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you to say, "Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness." But until now you have not listened.' Thus says the LORD, "By this you shall know that I am the LORD." See, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall be turned to blood. The fish in the river shall die, the river itself shall stink, and the Egyptians shall be unable to drink water from the Nile.'" The LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt-- over its rivers, its canals, and its ponds, and all its pools of water-- so that they may become blood; and there shall be blood throughout the whole land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'" Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and of his officials he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the river, and all the water in the river was turned into blood, and the fish in the river died. The river stank so that the Egyptians could not drink its water, and there was blood throughout the whole land of Egypt. But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts; so Pharaoh's heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them; as the LORD had said. Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart. And all the Egyptians had to dig along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the river.

2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not peddlers of God's word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence. Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Mark 10:1-16

He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them. Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her." But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Qoph Clamavi in toto corde meo
145   I call with my whole heart; *
answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146   I call to you; oh, that you would save me! *
I will keep your decrees.
147   Early in the morning I cry out to you, *
for in your word is my trust.
148   My eyes are open in the night watches, *
that I may meditate upon your promise.
149   Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; *
according to your judgments, give me life.
150   They draw near who in malice persecute me; *
they are very far from your law.
151   You, O LORD, are near at hand, *
and all your commandments are true.
152   Long have I known from your decrees *
that you have established them for ever.

Psalm 119: Resh Vide humilitatem
153   Behold my affliction and deliver me, *
for I do not forget your law.
154   Plead my cause and redeem me; *
according to your promise, give me life.
155   Deliverance is far from the wicked, *
for they do not study your statutes.
156   Great is your compassion, O LORD; *
preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157   There are many who persecute and oppress me, *
yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158   I look with loathing at the faithless, *
for they have not kept your word.
159   See how I love your commandments! *
O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160   The heart of your word is truth; *
all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.

Psalm 119: Shin Principes persecuti sunt
161   Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, *
but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162   I am as glad because of your promise *
as one who finds great spoils.
163   As for lies, I hate and abhor them, *
but your law is my love.
164   Seven times a day do I praise you, *
because of your righteous judgments.
165   Great peace have they who love your law; *
for them there is no stumbling block.
166   I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, *
and have fulfilled your commandments.
167   I have kept your decrees *
and I have loved them deeply.
168   I have kept your commandments and decrees, *
for all my ways are before you.

Psalm 119: Taw Appropinquet deprecatio
169   Let my cry come before you, O LORD; *
give me understanding, according to your word.
170   Let my supplication come before you; *
deliver me, according to your promise.
171   My lips shall pour forth your praise, *
when you teach me your statutes.
172   My tongue shall sing of your promise, *
for all your commandments are righteous.
173   Let your hand be ready to help me, *
for I have chosen your commandments.
174   I long for your salvation, O LORD, *
and your law is my delight.
175   Let me live, and I will praise you, *
and let your judgments help me.
176   I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; *
search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 128 Beati omnes

  Happy are they all who fear the LORD, *
and who follow in his ways!
  You shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
  Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
your children like olive shoots round about your table.
  The man who fears the LORD *
shall thus indeed be blessed.
  The LORD bless you from Zion, *
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
  May you live to see your children's children; *
may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt

  Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, *
let Israel now say;
  Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth", *
but they have not prevailed against me."
  The plowmen plowed upon my back *
and made their furrows long.
  The LORD, the Righteous One, *
has cut the cords of the wicked.
  Let them be put to shame and thrown back, *
all those who are enemies of Zion.
  Let them be like grass upon the housetops, *
which withers before it can be plucked;
  Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, *
nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
  So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. *
We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 130 De profundis

  Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
  If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
  For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
  I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
  My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
  O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
  With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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