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The Daily Readings for May 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.

Wisdom 7:1-14

I also am mortal, like everyone else, a descendant of the first-formed child of earth; and in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh, within the period of ten months, compacted with blood, from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage. And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth; my first sound was a cry, as is true of all. I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths. For no king has had a different beginning of existence; there is for all one entrance into life, and one way out. Therefore I prayed, and understanding was given me; I called on God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepters and thrones, and I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her. Neither did I liken to her any priceless gem, because all gold is but a little sand in her sight, and silver will be accounted as clay before her. I loved her more than health and beauty, and I chose to have her rather than light, because her radiance never ceases. All good things came to me along with her, and in her hands uncounted wealth. I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom leads them; but I did not know that she was their mother. I learned without guile and I impart without grudging; I do not hide her wealth, for it is an unfailing treasure for mortals; those who get it obtain friendship with God, commended for the gifts that come from instruction.

Colossians 3:12-17

As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Luke 7:18-35

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?'" Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me." When John's messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John's baptism. But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves.) "To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.' For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon' the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 55 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my prayer, O God; *
do not hide yourself from my petition.
  Listen to me and answer me; *
I have no peace, because of my cares.
  I am shaken by the noise of the enemy *
and by the pressure of the wicked;
  For they have cast an evil spell upon me *
and are set against me in fury.
  My heart quakes within me, *
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
  Fear and trembling have come over me, *
and horror overwhelms me.
  And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! *
I would fly away and be at rest.
  I would flee to a far-off place *
and make my lodging in the wilderness.
  I would hasten to escape *
from the stormy wind and tempest."
10   Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; *
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
11   Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls, *
but trouble and misery are in the midst of her.
12   There is corruption at her heart; *
her streets are never free of oppression and deceit.
13   For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; *
or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him.
14   But it was you, a man after my own heart, *
my companion, my own familiar friend.
15   We took sweet counsel together, *
and walked with the throng in the house of God.
16   Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive to the grave; *
for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst.
17   But I will call upon God, *
and the LORD will deliver me.
18   In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, *
and he will hear my voice.
19   He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; *
for there are many who fight me.
20   God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; *
they never change; they do not fear God.
21   My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; *
he has broken his covenant.
22   His speech is softer than butter, *
but war is in his heart.
23   His words are smoother than oil, *
but they are drawn swords.
24   Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; *
he will never let the righteous stumble.
25   For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful *
down to the pit of destruction, O God.
26   They shall not live out half their days, *
but I will put my trust in you.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 138 Confitebor tibi

  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
before the gods I will sing your praise.
  I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, *
because of your love and faithfulness;
  For you have glorified your Name *
and your word above all things.
  When I called, you answered me; *
you increased my strength within me.
  All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, *
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
  They will sing of the ways of the LORD, *
that great is the glory of the LORD.
  Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; *
he perceives the haughty from afar.
  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me.
  The LORD will make good his purpose for me; *
O LORD, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands.

Psalm 139 Domine, probasti

  LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
  You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.
  Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.
  You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.
  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
  Where can I go then from your Spirit? *
where can I flee from your presence?
  If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
  If I take the wings of the morning *
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
  Even there your hand will lead me *
and your right hand hold me fast.
10   If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, *
and the light around me turn to night, "
11   Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; *
darkness and light to you are both alike.
12   For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
13   I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.
14   My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.
15   Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.
16   How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!
17   If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.
18   Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! *
You that thirst for blood, depart from me.
19   They speak despitefully against you; *
your enemies take your Name in vain.
20   Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? *
and do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
21   I hate them with a perfect hatred; *
they have become my own enemies.
22   Search me out, O God, and know my heart; *
try me and know my restless thoughts.
23   Look well whether there be any wickedness in me *
and lead me in the way that is everlasting.

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