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The Daily Readings for July 16, 2019

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.

1 Samuel 19:1-18

Saul spoke with his son Jonathan and with all his servants about killing David. But Saul's son Jonathan took great delight in David. Jonathan told David, "My father Saul is trying to kill you; therefore be on guard tomorrow morning; stay in a secret place and hide yourself. I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you; if I learn anything I will tell you." Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul, saying to him, "The king should not sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have been of good service to you; for he took his life in his hand when he attacked the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great victory for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced; why then will you sin against an innocent person by killing David without cause?" Saul heeded the voice of Jonathan; Saul swore, "As the LORD lives, he shall not be put to death." So Jonathan called David and related all these things to him. Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before. Again there was war, and David went out to fight the Philistines. He launched a heavy attack on them, so that they fled before him. Then an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand, while David was playing music. Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear; but he eluded Saul, so that he struck the spear into the wall. David fled and escaped that night. Saul sent messengers to David's house to keep watch over him, planning to kill him in the morning. David's wife Michal told him, "If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed." So Michal let David down through the window; he fled away and escaped. Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed; she put a net of goats' hair on its head, and covered it with the clothes. When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, "He is sick." Then Saul sent the messengers to see David for themselves. He said, "Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him." When the messengers came in, the idol was in the bed, with the covering of goats' hair on its head. Saul said to Michal, "Why have you deceived me like this, and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?" Michal answered Saul, "He said to me, 'Let me go; why should I kill you?'" Now David fled and escaped; he came to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. He and Samuel went and settled at Naioth.

Acts 12:1-17

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.) When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, "Fasten your belt and put on your sandals." He did so. Then he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me." Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel's help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting." As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. On recognizing Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel." Meanwhile Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed. He motioned to them with his hand to be silent, and described for them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he added, "Tell this to James and to the believers." Then he left and went to another place.

Mark 2:1-12

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-- he said to the paralytic-- "I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home." And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 26 Judica me, Domine

  Give judgment for me, O LORD, for I have lived with integrity; *
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
  Test me, O LORD, and try me; *
examine my heart and my mind.
  For your love is before my eyes; *
I have walked faithfully with you.
  I have not sat with the worthless, *
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
  I have hated the company of evildoers; *
I will not sit down with the wicked.
  I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
that I may go in procession round your altar,
  Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
  LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
and the place where your glory abides.
  Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10   Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
and their right hand full of bribes.
11   As for me, I will live with integrity; *
redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
12   My foot stands on level ground; *
in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 28 Ad te, Domine

  O LORD, I call to you; my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; *
lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.
  Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, *
when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
  Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the evildoers, *
who speak peaceably with their neighbors, while strife is in their hearts.
  Repay them according to their deeds, *
and according to the wickedness of their actions.
  According to the work of their hands repay them, *
and give them their just deserts.
  They have no understanding of the LORD'S doings, nor of the works of his hands; *
therefore he will break them down and not build them up.
  Blessed is the LORD! *
for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
  The LORD is my strength and my shield; *
my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
  Therefore my heart dances for joy, *
and in my song will I praise him.
10   The LORD is the strength of his people, *
a safe refuge for his anointed.
11   Save your people and bless your inheritance; *
shepherd them and carry them for ever.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 36 Dixit injustus

  There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
  He flatters himself in his own eyes *
that his hateful sin will not be found out.
  The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; *
he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
  He thinks up wickedness upon his bed and has set himself in no good way; *
he does not abhor that which is evil.
  Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
  Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; *
you save both man and beast, O LORD.
  How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
  They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
  For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
10   Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11   Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12   See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 39 Dixi, Custodiam

  I said, "I will keep watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
  I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence."
  So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words; but my pain became unbearable.
  My heart was hot within me; while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
  LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
  You have given me a mere handful of days, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
  We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
  And now, what is my hope? *
O Lord, my hope is in you.
  Deliver me from all my transgressions *
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10   I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
11   Take your affliction from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12   With rebukes for sin you punish us; like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13   Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
14   For I am but a sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15   Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.

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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