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The Daily Readings for March 1, 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.

Ruth 3:1-18

Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do." She said to her, "All that you tell me I will do." So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had instructed her. When Boaz had eaten and drunk, and he was in a contented mood, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. At midnight the man was startled, and turned over, and there, lying at his feet, was a woman! He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth, your servant; spread your cloak over your servant, for you are next-of-kin." He said, "May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter; this last instance of your loyalty is better than the first; you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not be afraid, I will do for you all that you ask, for all the assembly of my people know that you are a worthy woman. But now, though it is true that I am a near kinsman, there is another kinsman more closely related than I. Remain this night, and in the morning, if he will act as next-of-kin for you, good; let him do it. If he is not willing to act as next-of-kin for you, then, as the LORD lives, I will act as next-of-kin for you. Lie down until the morning." So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before one person could recognize another; for he said, "It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." Then he said, "Bring the cloak you are wearing and hold it out." So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley, and put it on her back; then he went into the city. She came to her mother-in-law, who said, "How did things go with you, my daughter?" Then she told her all that the man had done for her, saying, "He gave me these six measures of barley, for he said, 'Do not go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'" She replied, "Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest, but will settle the matter today."

2 Corinthians 4:1-12

Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Matthew 5:38-48

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 140 Eripe me, Domine

  Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; *
protect me from the violent,
  Who devise evil in their hearts *
and stir up strife all day long.
  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; *
adder's poison is under their lips.
  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; *
protect me from the violent, who are determined to trip me up.
  The proud have hidden a snare for me and stretched out a net of cords; *
they have set traps for me along the path.
  I have said to the LORD, "You are my God; *
listen, O LORD, to my supplication.
  O Lord GOD, the strength of my salvation, *
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
  Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O LORD, *
nor let their evil plans prosper.
  Let not those who surround me lift up their heads; *
let the evil of their lips overwhelm them.
10   Let hot burning coals fall upon them; *
let them be cast into the mire, never to rise up again."
11   A slanderer shall not be established on the earth, *
and evil shall hunt down the lawless.
12   I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor *
and render justice to the needy.
13   Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your Name, *
and the upright shall continue in your sight.

Psalm 142 Voce mea ad Dominum

  I cry to the LORD with my voice; *
to the LORD I make loud supplication.
  I pour out my complaint before him *
and tell him all my trouble.
  When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path; *
in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
  I look to my right hand and find no one who knows me; *
I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for me.
  I cry out to you, O LORD; *
I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
  Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low; *
save me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
  Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your Name; *
when you have dealt bountifully with me, the righteous will gather around me.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 141 Domine, clamavi

  O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
  Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
  Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD, and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
  Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
  Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
  Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
  As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
  But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life.
  Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
10   Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

Psalm 143 Domine, exaudi

  LORD, hear my prayer, and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; *
answer me in your righteousness.
  Enter not into judgment with your servant, *
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
  For my enemy has sought my life; he has crushed me to the ground; *
he has made me live in dark places like those who are long dead.
  My spirit faints within me; *
my heart within me is desolate.
  I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; *
I consider the works of your hands.
  I spread out my hands to you; *
my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
  O LORD, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; *
do not hide your face from me or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
  Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in you; *
show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to you.
  Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD, *
for I flee to you for refuge.
10   Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; *
let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11   Revive me, O LORD, for your Name's sake; *
for your righteousness' sake, bring me out of trouble.
12   Of your goodness, destroy my enemies and bring all my foes to naught, *
for truly I am your servant.

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