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The Daily Readings for January 15, 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.

Genesis 8:6-22

At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more. In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. Then God said to Noah, "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh-- birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth-- so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."

Hebrews 4:14-5:6

Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you" as he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek."

John 2:23-3:15

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone. Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? "Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 25 Ad te, Domine, levavi

  To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
  Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
  Show me your ways, O LORD, *
and teach me your paths.
  Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
  Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
  Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
  Gracious and upright is the LORD; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
  He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.
  All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10   For your Name's sake, O LORD, *
forgive my sin, for it is great.
11   Who are they who fear the LORD? *
he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12   They shall dwell in prosperity, *
and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13   The LORD is a friend to those who fear him *
and will show them his covenant.
14   My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, *
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15   Turn to me and have pity on me, *
for I am left alone and in misery.
16   The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
bring me out of my troubles.
17   Look upon my adversity and misery *
and forgive me all my sin.
18   Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
and they bear a violent hatred against me.
19   Protect my life and deliver me; *
let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20   Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, *
for my hope has been in you.
21   Deliver Israel, O God, *
out of all his troubles.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 9 Confitebor tibi

  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
I will tell of all your marvelous works.
  I will be glad and rejoice in you; *
I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
  When my enemies are driven back, *
they will stumble and perish at your presence.
  For you have maintained my right and my cause; *
you sit upon your throne judging right.
  You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; *
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
  As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, *
their cities plowed under, the memory of them perished;
  But the LORD is enthroned for ever; *
he has set up this throne for judgment.
  It is he who rules the world with righteousness; *
he judges the peoples with equity.
  The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.
10   Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11   Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12   The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13   Have pity on me, O LORD; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14   So that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.
15   The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16   The LORD is known by his acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
17   The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
and also all the people that forget God.
18   For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19   Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.
20   Put fear upon them, O LORD; *
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

Psalm 15 Domine, quis habitabit?

  LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?
  Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.
  There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
  In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the LORD.
  He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.
  He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
  Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.

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