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The Daily Readings for March 18, 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.

Jeremiah 1:11-19

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch of an almond tree." Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it." The word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, tilted away from the north." Then the LORD said to me: Out of the north disaster shall break out on all the inhabitants of the land. For now I am calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says the LORD; and they shall come and all of them shall set their thrones at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its surrounding walls and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them, for all their wickedness in forsaking me; they have made offerings to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands. But you, gird up your loins; stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not break down before them, or I will break you before them. And I for my part have made you today a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall, against the whole land-- against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the LORD, to deliver you.

Romans 1:1-15

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, asking that by God's will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you-- or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish -- hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

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 56 Miserere mei, Deus

  Have mercy on me, O God, for my enemies are hounding me; *
all day long they assault and oppress me.
  They hound me all the day long; *
truly there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
  Whenever I am afraid, *
I will put my trust in you.
  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
for what can flesh do to me?
  All day long they damage my cause; *
their only thought is to do me evil.
  They band together; they lie in wait; *
they spy upon my footsteps; because they seek my life.
  Shall they escape despite their wickedness? *
O God, in your anger, cast down the peoples.
  You have noted my lamentation; put my tears into your bottle; *
are they not recorded in your book?
  Whenever I call upon you, my enemies will be put to flight; *
this I know, for God is on my side.
10   In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
for what can mortals do to me?
11   I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; *
I will present to you thank-offerings;
12   For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, *
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalm 57 Miserere mei, Deus

  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; *
in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by.
  I will call upon the Most High God, *
the God who maintains my cause.
  He will send from heaven and save me; he will confound those who trample upon me; *
God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.
  I lie in the midst of lions that devour the people; *
their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharp sword.
  They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; *
they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
I will sing and make melody.
  Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; *
I myself will waken the dawn.
  I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; *
I will sing praise to you among the nations.
10   For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11   Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 58 Si vere utique

  Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *
do you judge the peoples with equity?
  No; you devise evil in your hearts, *
and your hands deal out violence in the land.
  The wicked are perverse from the womb; *
liars go astray from their birth.
  They are as venomous as a serpent, *
they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
  Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *
no matter how skillful his charming.
  O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *
pull the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
  Let them vanish like water that runs off; *
let them wither like trodden grass.
  Let them be like the snail that melts away, *
like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
  Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *
like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
10   The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11   And they will say, "Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *
surely, there is a God who rules in the earth."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 64 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; *
protect my life from fear of the enemy.
  Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, *
from the mob of evildoers.
  They sharpen their tongue like a sword, *
and aim their bitter words like arrows,
  That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; *
they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
  They hold fast to their evil course; *
they plan how they may hide their snares.
  They say, "Who will see us? who will find out our crimes? *
we have thought out a perfect plot."
  The human mind and heart are a mystery; *
but God will loose an arrow at them, and suddenly they will be wounded.
  He will make them trip over their tongues, *
and all who see them will shake their heads.
  Everyone will stand in awe and declare God's deeds; *
they will recognize his works.
10   The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
and all who are true of heart will glory.

Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus

  You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; *
to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
  To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, *
because of their transgressions.
  Our sins are stronger than we are, *
but you will blot them out.
  Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! *
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple.
  Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, *
O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.
  You make fast the mountains by your power; *
they are girded about with might.
  You still the roaring of the seas, *
the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples.
  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; *
you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
  You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; *
the river of God is full of water.
10   You prepare the grain, *
for so you provide for the earth.
11   You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *
with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.
12   You crown the year with your goodness, *
and your paths overflow with plenty.
13   May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, *
and the hills be clothed with joy.
14   May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; *
let them shout for joy and sing.

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