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The Daily Readings for December 11, 2013

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.

Amos 8:1-14

This is what the Lord GOD showed me-- a basket of summer fruit. He said, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said to me, "The end has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass them by. The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day," says the Lord GOD; "the dead bodies shall be many, cast out in every place. Be silent!" Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, "When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat." The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who lives in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt? On that day, says the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go down at noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight. I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day. The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. In that day the beautiful young women and the young men shall faint for thirst. Those who swear by Ashimah of Samaria, and say, "As your god lives, O Dan," and, "As the way of Beer-sheba lives"-- they shall fall, and never rise again.

Revelation 1:17-2:7

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands: "I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.

Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father-- the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 38 Domine, ne in furore

  O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  For your arrows have already pierced me, *
and your hand presses hard upon me.
  There is no health in my flesh, because of your indignation; *
there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
  For my iniquities overwhelm me; *
like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
  My wounds stink and fester *
by reason of my foolishness.
  I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; *
I go about in mourning all the day long.
  My loins are filled with searing pain; *
there is no health in my body.
  I am utterly numb and crushed; *
I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
  O Lord, you know all my desires, *
and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10   My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, *
and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
11   My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; *
my neighbors stand afar off.
12   Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; *
those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long.
13   But I am like the deaf who do not hear, *
like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
14   I have become like one who does not hear *
and from whose mouth comes no defense.
15   For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; *
you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16   For I said, "Do not let them rejoice at my expense, *
those who gloat over me when my foot slips."
17   Truly, I am on the verge of falling, *
and my pain is always with me.
18   I will confess my iniquity *
and be sorry for my sin.
19   Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, *
and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20   Those who repay evil for good slander me, *
because I follow the course that is right.
21   O LORD, do not forsake me; *
be not far from me, O my God.
22   Make haste to help me, *
O Lord of my salvation.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Daleth Adhæsit pavimento
25    My soul cleaves to the dust; *
give me life according to your word.
26   I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; *
instruct me in your statutes.
27   Make me understand the way of your commandments, *
that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28   My soul melts away for sorrow; *
strengthen me according to your word.
29   Take from me the way of lying; *
let me find grace through your law.
30   I have chosen the way of faithfulness; *
I have set your judgments before me.
31   I hold fast to your decrees; *
O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32   I will run the way of your commandments, *
for you have set my heart at liberty.

Psalm 119: He Legem pone
33   Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, *
and I shall keep it to the end.
34   Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; *
I shall keep it with all my heart.
35   Make me go in the path of your commandments, *
for that is my desire.
36   Incline my heart to your decrees *
and not to unjust gain.
37   Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; *
give me life in your ways.
38   Fulfill your promise to your servant, *
which you make to those who fear you.
39   Turn away the reproach which I dread, *
because your judgments are good.
40   Behold, I long for your commandments; *
in your righteousness preserve my life.

Psalm 119: Waw Et veniat super me
41   Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, *
and your salvation, according to your promise.
42   Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, *
because I trust in your words.
43   Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, *
for my hope is in your judgments.
44   I shall continue to keep your law; *
I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45   I will walk at liberty, *
because I study your commandments.
46   I will tell of your decrees before kings *
and will not be ashamed.
47   I delight in your commandments, *
which I have always loved.
48   I will lift up my hands to your commandments, *
and I will meditate on your statutes.

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