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The Daily Readings for May 11, 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 6:16-28

Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you faithfully serve, deliver you!" A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, so that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no food was brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king got up and hurried to the den of lions. When he came near the den where Daniel was, he cried out anxiously to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you faithfully serve been able to deliver you from the lions?" Daniel then said to the king, "O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong." Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. The king gave a command, and those who had accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the den of lions-- they, their children, and their wives. Before they reached the bottom of the den the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces. Then King Darius wrote to all peoples and nations of every language throughout the whole world: "May you have abundant prosperity! I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people should tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: For he is the living God, enduring forever. His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end. He delivers and rescues, he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth; for he has saved Daniel from the power of the lions." So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

3 John 1:1-15

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you; they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth. I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true. I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink; instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face. Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by name.

Luke 5:27-39

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up, left everything, and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance." Then they said to him, "John's disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink. Jesus said to them, "You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." He also told them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, 'The old is good.'"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 30 Exaltabo te, Domine

  I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
  O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health.
  You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
  Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
  For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
his favor for a lifetime.
  Weeping may spend the night, *
but joy comes in the morning.
  While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. *
You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
  Then you hid your face, *
and I was filled with fear.
  I cried to you, O LORD; *
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10   What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
O LORD, be my helper."
12   You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13   Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Psalm 32 Beati quorum

  Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!
  Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
  While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.
  For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
  Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.
  I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
  Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
  You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
  I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; *
I will guide you with my eye.
10   Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you."
11   Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12   Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; *
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 42 Quemadmodum

  As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
so longs my soul for you, O God.
  My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
  My tears have been my food day and night, *
while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?"
  I pour out my soul when I think on these things; *
how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, *
among those who keep holy-day.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
  Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
  My soul is heavy within me; *
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
  One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; *
all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10   The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; *
in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
11   I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you forgotten me? *
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?"
12   While my bones are being broken, *
my enemies mock me to my face;
13   All day long they mock me *
and say to me, "Where now is your God?"
14   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
15   Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judica me, Deus

  Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *
deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
  For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? *
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?
  Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *
and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
  That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; *
and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
  Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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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