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The Daily Readings for April 17, 2021

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.

Daniel 3:19-30

Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace heated up seven times more than was customary, and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics, their trousers, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. Because the king's command was urgent and the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counselors, "Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?" They answered the king, "True, O king." He replied, "But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god." Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their tunics were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them. Nebuchadnezzar said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king's command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way." Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

1 John 3:11-18

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-- and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone.'" Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 20 Exaudiat te Dominus

  May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, *
the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;
  Send you help from his holy place *
and strengthen you out of Zion;
  Remember all your offerings *
and accept your burnt sacrifice;
  Grant you your heart's desire *
and prosper all your plans.
  We will shout for joy at your victory and triumph in the Name of our God; *
may the LORD grant all your requests.
  Now I know that the LORD gives victory to his anointed; *
he will answer him out of his holy heaven, with the victorious strength of his right hand.
  Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *
but we will call upon the Name of the LORD our God.
  They collapse and fall down, *
but we will arise and stand upright.
  O LORD, give victory to the king *
and answer us when we call.

Psalm 21 Domine, in virtute tua

  The king rejoices in your strength, O LORD; *
how greatly he exults in your victory!
  You have given him his heart's desire; *
you have not denied him the request of his lips.
  For you meet him with blessings of prosperity, *
and set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
  He asked you for life, and you gave it to him: *
length of days, for ever and ever.
  His honor is great, because of your victory; *
splendor and majesty have you bestowed upon him.
  For you will give him everlasting felicity *
and will make him glad with the joy of your presence.
  For the king puts his trust in the LORD; *
because of the loving-kindness of the Most High, he will not fall.
  Your hand will lay hold upon all your enemies; *
your right hand will seize all those who hate you.
  You will make them like a fiery furnace *
at the time of your appearing, O LORD;
10   You will swallow them up in your wrath, *
and fire shall consume them.
11   You will destroy their offspring from the land *
and their descendants from among the peoples of the earth.
12   Though they intend evil against you and devise wicked schemes, *
yet they shall not prevail.
13   For you will put them to flight *
and aim your arrows at them.
14   Be exalted, O LORD, in your might; *
we will sing and praise your power.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 110 Dixit Dominus

  The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, *
until I make your enemies your footstool."
  The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, *
saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
  Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; *
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning."
  The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: *
"You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
  The Lord who is at your right hand will smite kings in the day of his wrath; *
he will rule over the nations.
  He will heap high the corpses; *
he will smash heads over the wide earth.
  He will drink from the brook beside the road; *
therefore he will lift high his head.

Psalm 116 Dilexi, quoniam

  I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
  The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
I came to grief and sorrow.
  Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
"O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
  Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
our God is full of compassion.
  The LORD watches over the innocent; *
I was brought very low, and he helped me.
  Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
for the LORD has treated you well.
  For you have rescued my life from death, *
my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
  I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
in the land of the living.
  I believed, even when I said, "I have been brought very low." *
In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10   How shall I repay the LORD *
for all the good things he has done for me?
11   I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people.
13   Precious in the sight of the LORD *
is the death of his servants.
14   O LORD, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds.
15   I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16   I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
in the presence of all his people,
17   In the courts of the LORD'S house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

Psalm 117 Laudate Dominum

  Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
laud him, all you peoples.
  For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Hallelujah!

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