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The Daily Readings for July 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.

Joshua 3:14-4:7

When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan. When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua: "Select twelve men from the people, one from each tribe, and command them, 'Take twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood, carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight.'" Then Joshua summoned the twelve men from the Israelites, whom he had appointed, one from each tribe. Joshua said to them, "Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, one for each of the tribes of the Israelites, so that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever."

Romans 12:1-8

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Matthew 26:1-16

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified." Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, "Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people." Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, "Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor." But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her." Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 37: Part I Noli aemulari

  Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
  For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
  Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
  Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
  Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
  He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
  Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
  Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
  Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10   For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11   In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12   But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13   The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14   The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15   The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16   Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17   The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18   For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 37: Part II Novit Dominus
19   The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20   They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21   As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish; they shall vanish like smoke.
22   The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23   Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24   Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25   If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26   I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken, or their children begging bread.
27   The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
28   Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
29   For the LORD loves justice; *
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30   They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31   The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
32   The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33   The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34   The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
35   The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36   Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; *
he will raise you up to possess the land, and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37   I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38   I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39   Mark those who are honest; observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40   Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41   But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42   The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, because they seek refuge in him.

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