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The Daily Readings for October 16, 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.

Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10, 1:18-27

Many great teachings have been given to us through the Law and the Prophets and the others that followed them, and for these we should praise Israel for instruction and wisdom. Now, those who read the scriptures must not only themselves understand them, but must also as lovers of learning be able through the spoken and written word to help the outsiders. So my grandfather Jesus, who had devoted himself especially to the reading of the Law and the Prophets and the other books of our ancestors, and had acquired considerable proficiency in them, was himself also led to write something pertaining to instruction and wisdom, so that by becoming familiar also with his book those who love learning might make even greater progress in living according to the law. You are invited therefore to read it with goodwill and attention, and to be indulgent in cases where, despite our diligent labor in translating, we may seem to have rendered some phrases imperfectly. For what was originally expressed in Hebrew does not have exactly the same sense when translated into another language. Not only this book, but even the Law itself, the Prophecies, and the rest of the books differ not a little when read in the original. When I came to Egypt in the thirty-eighth year of the reign of Euergetes and stayed for some time, I found opportunity for no little instruction. It seemed highly necessary that I should myself devote some diligence and labor to the translation of this book. During that time I have applied my skill day and night to complete and publish the book for those living abroad who wished to gain learning and are disposed to live according to the law. All wisdom is from the Lord, and with him it remains forever. The sand of the sea, the drops of rain, and the days of eternity-- who can count them? The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth, the abyss, and wisdom-- who can search them out? Wisdom was created before all other things, and prudent understanding from eternity. The root of wisdom-- to whom has it been revealed? Her subtleties-- who knows them? There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared, seated upon his throne-- the Lord. It is he who created her; he saw her and took her measure; he poured her out upon all his works, upon all the living according to his gift; he lavished her upon those who love him. The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom, making peace and perfect health to flourish. She rained down knowledge and discerning comprehension, and she heightened the glory of those who held her fast. To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom, and her branches are long life. Unjust anger cannot be justified, for anger tips the scale to one's ruin. Those who are patient stay calm until the right moment, and then cheerfulness comes back to them. They hold back their words until the right moment; then the lips of many tell of their good sense. In the treasuries of wisdom are wise sayings, but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments, and the Lord will lavish her upon you. For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and discipline, fidelity and humility are his delight.

Acts 28:1-16

After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us around it. Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it on the fire, when a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, "This man must be a murderer; though he has escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live." He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were expecting him to swell up or drop dead, but after they had waited a long time and saw that nothing unusual had happened to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god. Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It so happened that the father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him. After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. They bestowed many honors on us, and when we were about to sail, they put on board all the provisions we needed. Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the island, an Alexandrian ship with the Twin Brothers as its figurehead. We put in at Syracuse and stayed there for three days; then we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. After one day there a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. There we found believers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. The believers from there, when they heard of us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. When we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him.

Luke 9:28-36

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"-- not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 16 Conserva me, Domine

  Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."
  All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.
  But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
  Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
  O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
  My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
  I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
  I have set the LORD always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
  My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10   For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11   You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17 Exaudi, Domine

  Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
  Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.
  Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
  I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
I have heeded the words of your lips.
  My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
  I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
incline your ear to me and hear my words.
  Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
  Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
  From the wicked who assault me, *
from my deadly enemies who surround me.
10   They have closed their heart to pity, *
and their mouth speaks proud things.
11   They press me hard, now they surround me, *
watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12   Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *
and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13   Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *
deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14   Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *
from those whose portion in life is this world;
15   Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16   But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meu

  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
  Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
  Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
  They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
  But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
  All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
  He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.
  Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10   I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
12   Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13   They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14   I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16   Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
17   They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
18   Be not far away, O LORD; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19   Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
20   Save me from the lion's mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21   I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22   Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23   For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24   My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25   The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"
26   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, *
and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27   For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations.
28   To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29   My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.
30   They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

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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