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The Daily Readings for August 14, 2018

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.

Judges 13:1-15

The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne no children. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, "Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, or to eat anything unclean, for you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor is to come on his head, for the boy shall be a nazirite to God from birth. It is he who shall begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines." Then the woman came and told her husband, "A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like that of an angel of God, most awe-inspiring; I did not ask him where he came from, and he did not tell me his name; but he said to me, 'You shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the boy shall be a nazirite to God from birth to the day of his death.'" Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, "O, LORD, I pray, let the man of God whom you sent come to us again and teach us what we are to do concerning the boy who will be born." God listened to Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her. So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, "The man who came to me the other day has appeared to me." Manoah got up and followed his wife, and came to the man and said to him, "Are you the man who spoke to this woman?" And he said, "I am." Then Manoah said, "Now when your words come true, what is to be the boy's rule of life; what is he to do?" The angel of the LORD said to Manoah, "Let the woman give heed to all that I said to her. She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine. She is not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. She is to observe everything that I commanded her." Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, "Allow us to detain you, and prepare a kid for you."

Acts 5:27-42

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man's blood on us." But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. Then he said to them, "Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them-- in that case you may even be found fighting against God!" They were convinced by him, and when they had called in the apostles, they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name. And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

John 3:22-36

After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized -- John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison. Now a discussion about purification arose between John's disciples and a Jew. They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him." John answered, "No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, 'I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.' He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease." The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God's wrath.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 97 Dominus regnavit

  The LORD is King; let the earth rejoice; *
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
  Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
  A fire goes before him *
and burns up his enemies on every side.
  His lightnings light up the world; *
the earth sees it and is afraid.
  The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  The heavens declare his righteousness, *
and all the peoples see his glory.
  Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! *
Bow down before him, all you gods.
  Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments, O LORD.
  For you are the LORD, most high over all the earth; *
you are exalted far above all gods.
10   The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
he preserves the lives of his saints and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11   Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12   Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
and give thanks to his holy Name.

Psalm 99 Dominus regnavit

  The LORD is King; let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
  The LORD is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
  Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
  O mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
  Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
  He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
  O LORD our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds.
  Proclaim the greatness of the LORD our God and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the LORD our God is the Holy One.

Psalm 100 Jubilate Deo

  Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with a song.
  Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
  Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 94 Deus ultionum

  O LORD God of vengeance, *
O God of vengeance, show yourself.
  Rise up, O Judge of the world; *
give the arrogant their just deserts.
  How long shall the wicked, O LORD, *
how long shall the wicked triumph?
  They bluster in their insolence; *
all evildoers are full of boasting.
  They crush your people, O LORD, *
and afflict your chosen nation.
  They murder the widow and the stranger *
and put the orphans to death.
  Yet they say, "The LORD does not see, *
the God of Jacob takes no notice."
  Consider well, you dullards among the people; *
when will you fools understand?
  He that planted the ear, does he not hear? *
he that formed the eye, does he not see?
10   He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish? *
he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?
11   The LORD knows our human thoughts; *
how like a puff of wind they are.
12   Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord! *
whom you teach out of your law;
13   To give them rest in evil days, *
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14   For the LORD will not abandon his people, *
nor will he forsake his own.
15   For judgment will again be just, *
and all the true of heart will follow it.
16   Who rose up for me against the wicked? *
who took my part against the evildoers?
17   If the LORD had not come to my help, *
I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18   As often as I said, "My foot has slipped, " *
your love, O LORD, upheld me.
19   When many cares fill my mind, *
your consolations cheer my soul.
20   Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, *
one which frames evil into law?
21   They conspire against the life of the just *
and condemn the innocent to death.
22   But the LORD has become my stronghold, *
and my God the rock of my trust.
23   He will turn their wickedness back upon them and destroy them in their own malice; *
the LORD our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95 Venite, exultemus

  Come, let us sing to the LORD; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
  For the LORD is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.
  In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.
  The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.
  Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
  For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
  Harden not your hearts, as your forebears did in the wilderness, *
at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me.
  They put me to the test, *
though they had seen my works.
10   Forty years long I detested that generation and said, *
This people are wayward in their hearts; they do not know my ways."
11   So I swore in my wrath, *
"They shall not enter into my rest."

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