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The Daily Readings for May 15, 2022

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.

Proverbs 4:1-27

Listen, children, to a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight; for I give you good precepts: do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, and my mother's favorite, he taught me, and said to me, "Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight: do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a fair garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown." Hear, my child, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered; and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what they stumble over. My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

1 John 4:7-21

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Matthew 11:7-15

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. Let anyone with ears listen!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 5 Verba mea auribus

  Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
consider my meditation.
  Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.
  In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
  For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.
  Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.
  You destroy those who speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness, because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.
  For there is no truth in their mouth; *
there is destruction in their heart;
10   Their throat is an open grave; *
they flatter with their tongue.
11   Declare them guilty, O God; *
let them fall, because of their schemes.
12   Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *
for they have rebelled against you.
13   But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.
14   You will shelter them, *
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15   For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 6 Domine, ne in furore

  LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
  My spirit shakes with terror; *
how long, O LORD, how long?
  Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
  For in death no one remembers you; *
and who will give you thanks in the grave?
  I grow weary because of my groaning; *
every night I drench my bed and flood my couch with tears.
  My eyes are wasted with grief *
and worn away because of all my enemies.
  Depart from me, all evildoers, *
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
  The LORD has heard my supplication; *
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10   All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 10 Ut quid, Domine?

  Why do you stand so far off, O LORD, *
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
  The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
  The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
  The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
  Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
they defy all their enemies.
  They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; *
no harm shall happen to me ever."
  Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
  They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
they spy out the helpless.
  They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10   The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *
the helpless fall before their power.
11   They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
12   Rise up, O LORD; lift up your hand, O God; *
do not forget the afflicted.
13   Why should the wicked revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
14   Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *
you see it and take it into your own hand.
15   The helpless commit themselves to you, *
for you are the helper of orphans.
16   Break the power of the wicked and evil; *
search out their wickedness until you find none.
17   The LORD is King for ever and ever; *
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18   The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19   To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

Psalm 11 In Domino confido

  In the LORD have I taken refuge; *
how then can you say to me, "Fly away like a bird to the hilltop;
  For see how the wicked bend the bow and fit their arrows to the string, *
to shoot from ambush at the true of heart.
  When the foundations are being destroyed, *
what can the righteous do?"
  The LORD is in his holy temple; *
the LORD'S throne is in heaven.
  His eyes behold the inhabited world; *
his piercing eye weighs our worth.
  The LORD weighs the righteous as well as the wicked, *
but those who delight in violence he abhors.
  Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and burning sulphur; *
a scorching wind shall be their lot.
  For the LORD is righteous; he delights in righteous deeds; *
and the just shall see his face.

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