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The Daily Readings for November 13, 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.

Joel 2:28-3:8

Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations. They have divided my land, and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down. What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily. For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border. But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads. I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away; for the LORD has spoken.

James 1:16-27

Do not be deceived, my beloved. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-- they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Luke 16:1-9

Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 88 Domine, Deus

  O LORD, my God, my Savior, *
by day and night I cry to you.
  Let my prayer enter into your presence; *
incline your ear to my lamentation.
  For I am full of trouble; *
my life is at the brink of the grave.
  I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; *
I have become like one who has no strength;
  Lost among the dead, *
like the slain who lie in the grave,
  Whom you remember no more, *
for they are cut off from your hand.
  You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, *
in dark places, and in the abyss.
  Your anger weighs upon me heavily, *
and all your great waves overwhelm me.
  You have put my friends far from me; you have made me to be abhorred by them; *
I am in prison and cannot get free.
10   My sight has failed me because of trouble; *
LORD, I have called upon you daily; I have stretched out my hands to you.
11   Do you work wonders for the dead? *
will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
12   Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? *
your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
13   Will your wonders be known in the dark? *
or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
14   But as for me, O LORD, I cry to you for help; *
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
15   LORD, why have you rejected me? *
why have you hidden your face from me?
16   Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the point of death; *
I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
17   Your blazing anger has swept over me; *
your terrors have destroyed me;
18   They surround me all day long like a flood; *
they encompass me on every side.
19   My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, *
and darkness is my only companion.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 91 Qui habitat

  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, *
abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
  He shall say to the LORD, "You are my refuge and my stronghold, *
my God in whom I put my trust."
  He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *
and from the deadly pestilence.
  He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings; *
his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
  You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
  Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *
nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
  A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, *
but it shall not come near you.
  Your eyes have only to behold *
to see the reward of the wicked.
  Because you have made the LORD your refuge, *
and the Most High your habitation,
10   There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11   For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.
12   They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13   You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; *
you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.
14   Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; *
I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15   He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *
I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16   With long life will I satisfy him, *
and show him my salvation.

Psalm 92 Bonum est confiteri

  It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, *
and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;
  To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning *
and of your faithfulness in the night season;
  On the psaltery, and on the lyre, *
and to the melody of the harp.
  For you have made me glad by your acts, O LORD; *
and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
  LORD, how great are your works! *
your thoughts are very deep.
  The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand, *
that though the wicked grow like weeds, and all the workers of iniquity flourish,
  They flourish only to be destroyed for ever; *
but you, O LORD, are exalted for evermore.
  For lo, your enemies, O LORD, lo, your enemies shall perish, *
and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
  But my horn you have exalted like the horns of wild bulls; *
I am anointed with fresh oil.
10   My eyes also gloat over my enemies, *
and my ears rejoice to hear the doom of the wicked who rise up against me.
11   The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, *
and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
12   Those who are planted in the house of the LORD *
shall flourish in the courts of our God;
13   They shall still bear fruit in old age; *
they shall be green and succulent;
14   That they may show how upright the LORD is, *
my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

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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