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The Daily Readings for August 16, 2018

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.

Judges 14:1-19

Once Samson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw a Philistine woman. Then he came up, and told his father and mother, "I saw a Philistine woman at Timnah; now get her for me as my wife." But his father and mother said to him, "Is there not a woman among your kin, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?" But Samson said to his father, "Get her for me, because she pleases me." His father and mother did not know that this was from the LORD; for he was seeking a pretext to act against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel. Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah. When he came to the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion roared at him. The spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and he tore the lion apart barehanded as one might tear apart a kid. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson. After a while he returned to marry her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. He scraped it out into his hands, and went on, eating as he went. When he came to his father and mother, he gave some to them, and they ate it. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion. His father went down to the woman, and Samson made a feast there as the young men were accustomed to do. When the people saw him, they brought thirty companions to be with him. Samson said to them, "Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments. But if you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty festal garments." So they said to him, "Ask your riddle; let us hear it." He said to them, "Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the strong came something sweet." But for three days they could not explain the riddle. On the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, "Coax your husband to explain the riddle to us, or we will burn you and your father's house with fire. Have you invited us here to impoverish us?" So Samson's wife wept before him, saying, "You hate me; you do not really love me. You have asked a riddle of my people, but you have not explained it to me." He said to her, "Look, I have not told my father or my mother. Why should I tell you?" She wept before him the seven days that their feast lasted; and because she nagged him, on the seventh day he told her. Then she explained the riddle to her people. The men of the town said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?" And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle." Then the spirit of the LORD rushed on him, and he went down to Ashkelon. He killed thirty men of the town, took their spoil, and gave the festal garments to those who had explained the riddle. In hot anger he went back to his father's house.

Acts 6:15-7:16

And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Then the high priest asked him, "Are these things so?" And Stephen replied: "Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, 'Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.' Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living. He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child. And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years. 'But I will judge the nation that they serve,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.' Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs. "The patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him, and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. Now there came a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our ancestors could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there on their first visit. On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to Pharaoh. Then Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all; so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors, and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

John 4:27-42

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you want?" or, "Why are you speaking with her?" Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, "Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?" They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, "Rabbi, eat something." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." So the disciples said to one another, "Surely no one has brought him something to eat?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, 'Four months more, then comes the harvest'? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor." Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I have ever done." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 105: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Give thanks to the LORD and call upon his Name; *
make known his deeds among the peoples.
  Sing to him, sing praises to him, *
and speak of all his marvelous works.
  Glory in his holy Name; *
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
  Search for the LORD and his strength; *
continually seek his face.
  Remember the marvels he has done, *
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
  O offspring of Abraham his servant, *
O children of Jacob his chosen.
  He is the LORD our God; *
his judgments prevail in all the world.
  He has always been mindful of his covenant, *
the promise he made for a thousand generations:
  The covenant he made with Abraham, *
the oath that he swore to Issac,
10   Which he established as a statute for Jacob, *
an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11   Saying, "To you will I give the land of Canaan *
to be your allotted inheritance."
12   When they were few in number, *
of little account, and sojourners in the land,
13   Wandering from nation to nation *
and from one kingdom to another,
14   He let no one oppress them *
and rebuked kings for their sake,
15   Saying, "Do not touch my anointed *
and do my prophets no harm."
16   Then he called for a famine in the land *
and destroyed the supply of bread.
17   He sent a man before them, *
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
18   They bruised his feet in fetters; *
his neck they put in an iron collar.
19   Until his prediction came to pass, *
the word of the LORD tested him.
20   The king sent and released him; *
the ruler of the peoples set him free.
21   He set him as a master over his household, *
as a ruler over all his possessions,
22   To instruct his princes according to his will *
and to teach his elders wisdom.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 105: Part II Et intravit Israel
23   Israel came into Egypt, *
and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham.
24   The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; *
he made them stronger than their enemies;
25   Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people, *
and dealt unjustly with his servants.
26   He sent Moses his servant, *
and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27   They worked his signs among them, *
and portents in the land of Ham.
28   He sent darkness, and it grew dark; *
but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.
29   He turned their waters into blood *
and caused their fish to die.
30   Their land was overrun by frogs, *
in the very chambers of their kings.
31   He spoke, and there came swarms of insects *
and gnats within all their borders.
32   He gave them hailstones instead of rain, *
and flames of fire throughout their land.
33   He blasted their vines and their fig trees *
and shattered every tree in their country.
34   He spoke, and the locust came, *
and young locusts without number,
35   Which ate up all the green plants in their land *
and devoured the fruit of their soil.
36   He struck down the firstborn of their land, *
the firstfruits of all their strength.
37   He led out his people with silver and gold; *
in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.
38   Egypt was glad of their going, *
because they were afraid of them.
39   He spread out a cloud for a covering *
and a fire to give light in the night season.
40   They asked, and quails appeared, *
and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.
41   He opened the rock, and water flowed, *
so the river ran in the dry places.
42   For God remembered his holy word *
and Abraham his servant.
43   So he led forth his people with gladness, *
his chosen with shouts of joy.
44   He gave his people the lands of the nations, *
and they took the fruit of others' toil,
45   That they might keep his statutes *
and observe his laws. Hallelujah!

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