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The Daily Readings for June 25, 2019

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.

1 Samuel 6:1-16

The ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. Then the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us what we should send with it to its place." They said, "If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means return him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed and will be ransomed; will not his hand then turn from you?" And they said, "What is the guilt offering that we shall return to him?" They answered, "Five gold tumors and five gold mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines; for the same plague was upon all of you and upon your lords. So you must make images of your tumors and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand on you and your gods and your land. Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had made fools of them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? Now then, get ready a new cart and two milch cows that have never borne a yoke, and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. Take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart, and put in a box at its side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a guilt offering. Then send it off, and let it go its way. And watch; if it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is he who has done us this great harm; but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance." The men did so; they took two milch cows and yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. They put the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the box with the gold mice and the images of their tumors. The cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one highway, lowing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as the border of Beth-shemesh. Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley. When they looked up and saw the ark, they went with rejoicing to meet it. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh, and stopped there. A large stone was there; so they split up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD. The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the box that was beside it, in which were the gold objects, and set them upon the large stone. Then the people of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and presented sacrifices on that day to the LORD. When the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron.

Acts 5:27-42

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man's blood on us." But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. Then he said to them, "Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them-- in that case you may even be found fighting against God!" They were convinced by him, and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

Luke 21:37-22:13

Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple. Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it." They asked him, "Where do you want us to make preparations for it?" "Listen," he said to them, "when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, 'The teacher asks you, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there." So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 97 Dominus regnavit

  The LORD is King; let the earth rejoice; *
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
  Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
  A fire goes before him *
and burns up his enemies on every side.
  His lightnings light up the world; *
the earth sees it and is afraid.
  The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  The heavens declare his righteousness, *
and all the peoples see his glory.
  Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! *
Bow down before him, all you gods.
  Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments, O LORD.
  For you are the LORD, most high over all the earth; *
you are exalted far above all gods.
10   The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11   Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12   Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
and give thanks to his holy Name.

Psalm 99 Dominus regnavit

  The LORD is King; let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
  The LORD is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
  Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
  O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
  Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
  He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
  O LORD our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.
  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the LORD our God is the Holy One.

Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo

  Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
  Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
  Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 94 Deus ultionum

  O LORD God of vengeance, *
O God of vengeance, show yourself.
  Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
give the arrogant their just deserts.
  How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?
  They bluster in their insolence; *
all evildoers are full of boasting.
  They crush your people, O LORD, *
and afflict your chosen nation.
  They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the orphans to death.
  Yet they say, "The LORD does not see, *
the God of Jacob takes no notice."
  Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
when will you fools understand?
  He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *
he that formed the eye, does he not see?
10   He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *
he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?
11   The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
how like a puff of wind they are.
12   Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
whom you teach out of your law;
13   To give them rest in evil days, *
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14   For the LORD will not abandon his people, *
nor will he forsake his own.
15   For judgment will again be just, *
and all the true of heart will follow it.
16   Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
who took my part against the evildoers?
17   If the LORD had not come to my help, *
I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18   As often as I said, "My foot has slipped, " *
your love, O LORD, upheld me.
19   When many cares fill my mind, *
your consolations cheer my soul.
20   Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
one which frames evil into law?
21   They conspire against the life of the just *
and condemn the innocent to death.
22   But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
and my God the rock of my trust.
23   He will turn their wickedness back upon them and destroy them in their own malice; *
the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95 Venite, exultemus

  Come, let us sing to the LORD; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
  For the LORD is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
  In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
  The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
  Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
  Harden not your hearts, as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me.
  They put me to the test, *
though they had seen my works.
10   Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *
This people are wayward in their hearts; they do not know my ways."
11   So I swore in my wrath, *
"They shall not enter into my rest."

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