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The Daily Readings for May 10, 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.

Daniel 6:1-15

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, stationed throughout the whole kingdom, and over them three presidents, including Daniel; to these the satraps gave account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Soon Daniel distinguished himself above all the other presidents and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him, and the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. So the presidents and the satraps tried to find grounds for complaint against Daniel in connection with the kingdom. But they could find no grounds for complaint or any corruption, because he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption could be found in him. The men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God." So the presidents and satraps conspired and came to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live forever! All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever prays to anyone, divine or human, for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions. Now, O king, establish the interdict and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked." Therefore King Darius signed the document and interdict. Although Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he continued to go to his house, which had windows in its upper room open toward Jerusalem, and to get down on his knees three times a day to pray to his God and praise him, just as he had done previously. The conspirators came and found Daniel praying and seeking mercy before his God. Then they approached the king and said concerning the interdict, "O king! Did you not sign an interdict, that anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human, within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be thrown into a den of lions?" The king answered, "The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked." Then they responded to the king, "Daniel, one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the interdict you have signed, but he is saying his prayers three times a day." When the king heard the charge, he was very much distressed. He was determined to save Daniel, and until the sun went down he made every effort to rescue him. Then the conspirators came to the king and said to him, "Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed."

2 John 1:1-13

The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, in truth and love. I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginning-- you must walk in it. Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist! Be on your guard, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but may receive a full reward. Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. Do not receive into the house or welcome anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching; for to welcome is to participate in the evil deeds of such a person. Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. The children of your elect sister send you their greetings.

Luke 5:12-26

Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do choose. Be made clean." Immediately the leprosy left him. And he ordered him to tell no one. "Go," he said, "and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them." But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray. One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you." Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, "Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Stand up and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-- he said to the one who was paralyzed-- "I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home." Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God. Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 105: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
  Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
  Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
  Search for the LORD and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
  Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
  O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
  He is the LORD our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.
  He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:
  The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Issac,
10   Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11   Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."
12   When they were few in number, *
of little account, and sojourners in the land,
13   Wandering from nation to nation *
and from one kingdom to another,
14   He let no one oppress them *
and rebuked kings for their sake,
15   Saying, "Do not touch my anointed *
and do my prophets no harm."
16   Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.
17   He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18   They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
19   Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the LORD tested him.
20   The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21   He set him as a master over his household, *
as a ruler over all his possessions,
22   To instruct his princes according to his will *
and to teach his elders wisdom.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 105: Part II Et intravit Israel
23   Israel came into Egypt, *
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24   The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
he made them stronger than their enemies;
25   Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26   He sent Moses his servant, *
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27   They worked his signs among them, *
and portents in the land of Ham.
28   He sent darkness, and it grew dark; *
but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.
29   He turned their waters into blood *
and caused their fish to die.
30   Their land was overrun by frogs, *
in the very chambers of their kings.
31   He spoke, and there came swarms of insects *
and gnats within all their borders.
32   He gave them hailstones instead of rain, *
and flames of fire throughout their land.
33   He blasted their vines and their fig trees *
and shattered every tree in their country.
34   He spoke, and the locust came, *
and young locusts without number,
35   Which ate up all the green plants in their land *
and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36   He struck down the firstborn of their land, *
the firstfruits of all their strength.
37   He led out his people with silver and gold; *
in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38   Egypt was glad of their going, *
because they were afraid of them.
39   He spread out a cloud for a covering *
and a fire to give light in the night season.
40   They asked, and quails appeared, *
and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41   He opened the rock, and water flowed, *
so the river ran in the dry places.
42   For God remembered his holy word *
and Abraham his servant.
43   So he led forth his people with gladness, *
his chosen with shouts of joy.
44   He gave his people the lands of the nations, *
and they took the fruit of others' toil,
45   That they might keep his statutes *
and observe his laws. Hallelujah!

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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