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The Daily Readings for December 4, 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 3:8-15

For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces bears witness against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom, they do not hide it. Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves. Tell the innocent how fortunate they are, for they shall eat the fruit of their labors. Woe to the guilty! How unfortunate they are, for what their hands have done shall be done to them. My people-- children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your leaders mislead you, and confuse the course of your paths. The LORD rises to argue his case; he stands to judge the peoples. The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord GOD of hosts.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Finally, brothers and sisters, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrong or exploit a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you. Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Luke 20:41-21:4

Then he said to them, "How can they say that the Messiah is David's son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."' David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?" In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 16 Conserva me, Domine

  Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."
  All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.
  But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
  Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
  O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
  My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
  I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
  I have set the LORD always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
  My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10   For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11   You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17 Exaudi, Domine

  Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
  Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.
  Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
  I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
I have heeded the words of your lips.
  My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
  I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
incline your ear to me and hear my words.
  Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
  Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
  From the wicked who assault me, *
from my deadly enemies who surround me.
10   They have closed their heart to pity, *
and their mouth speaks proud things.
11   They press me hard, now they surround me, *
watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12   Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *
and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13   Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *
deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14   Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *
from those whose portion in life is this world;
15   Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16   But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meu

  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
  Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
  Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
  They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
  But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
  All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
  He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.
  Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10   I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
12   Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13   They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14   I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16   Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
17   They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
18   Be not far away, O LORD; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19   Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
20   Save me from the lion's mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21   I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22   Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23   For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24   My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25   The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"
26   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, *
and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27   For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations.
28   To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29   My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.
30   They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

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