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The Daily Readings for December 16, 2015

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.

Zechariah 3:1-10

Then he showed me the high priest Joshua standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this man a brand plucked from the fire?" Now Joshua was dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, "Take off his filthy clothes." And to him he said, "See, I have taken your guilt away from you, and I will clothe you with festal apparel." And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with the apparel; and the angel of the LORD was standing by. Then the angel of the LORD assured Joshua, saying "Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here. Now listen, Joshua, high priest, you and your colleagues who sit before you! For they are an omen of things to come: I am going to bring my servant the Branch. For on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven facets, I will engrave its inscription, says the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the guilt of this land in a single day. On that day, says the LORD of hosts, you shall invite each other to come under your vine and fig tree."

Revelation 4:1-8

After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! And the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal. Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, "Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come."

Matthew 24:45-51

"Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that wicked slave says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Zayin Memor esto verbi tui
49   Remember your word to your servant, *
because you have given me hope.
50   This is my comfort in my trouble, *
that your promise gives me life.
51   The proud have derided me cruelly, *
but I have not turned from your law.
52   When I remember your judgments of old, *
O LORD, I take great comfort.
53   I am filled with a burning rage, *
because of the wicked who forsake your law.
54   Your statutes have been like songs to me *
wherever I have lived as a stranger.
55   I remember your Name in the night, O LORD, *
and dwell upon your law.
56   This is how it has been with me, *
because I have kept your commandments.

Psalm 119: Heth Portio mea, Domine
57   You only are my portion, O LORD; *
I have promised to keep your words.
58   I entreat you with all my heart, *
be merciful to me according to your promise.
59   I have considered my ways *
and turned my feet toward your decrees.
60   I hasten and do not tarry *
to keep your commandments.
61   Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
I do not forget your law.
62   At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
because of your righteous judgments.
63   I am a companion of all who fear you *
and of those who keep your commandments.
64   The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
instruct me in your statutes.

Psalm 119: Teth Bonitatem fecisti
65   O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant, *
according to your word.
66   Teach me discernment and knowledge, *
for I have believed in your commandments.
67   Before I was afflicted I went astray, *
but now I keep your word.
68   You are good and you bring forth good; *
instruct me in your statutes.
69   The proud have smeared me with lies, *
but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
70   Their heart is gross and fat, *
but my delight is in your law.
71   It is good for me that I have been afflicted, *
that I might learn your statutes.
72   The law of your mouth is dearer to me *
than thousands in gold and silver.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 49 Audite haec, omnes

  Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
  My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
  I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
  Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
  The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?
  We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
  For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
  In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.
  For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
10   Their graves shall be their homes for ever, their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
11   Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.
12   Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
and the end of those who delight in their own words.
13   Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die; Death is their shepherd; *
they go down straightway to the grave.
14   Their form shall waste away, *
and the land of the dead shall be their home.
15   But God will ransom my life; *
he will snatch me from the grasp of death.
16   Do not be envious when some become rich, *
or when the grandeur of their house increases;
17   For they will carry nothing away at their death, *
nor will their grandeur follow them.
18   Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, *
and were praised for their success,
19   They shall join the company of their forebears, *
who will never see the light again.
20   Those who are honored, but have no understanding, *
are like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 53 Dixit insipiens

  The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." *
All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good.
  God looks down from heaven upon us all, *
to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God.
  Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; *
there is none who does good; no, not one.
  Have they no knowledge, those evildoers *
who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon God?
  See how greatly they tremble, such trembling as never was; *
for God has scattered the bones of the enemy; they are put to shame, because God has rejected them.
  Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come out of Zion! *
when God restores the fortunes of his people Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

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