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The Daily Readings for August 18, 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 16:1-14

Once Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went in to her. The Gazites were told, "Samson has come here." So they circled around and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They kept quiet all night, thinking, "Let us wait until the light of the morning; then we will kill him." But Samson lay only until midnight. Then at midnight he rose up, took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts, pulled them up, bar and all, put them on his shoulders, and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron. After this he fell in love with a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. The lords of the Philistines came to her and said to her, "Coax him, and find out what makes his strength so great, and how we may overpower him, so that we may bind him in order to subdue him; and we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver." So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me what makes your strength so great, and how you could be bound, so that one could subdue you." Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that are not dried out, then I shall become weak, and be like anyone else." Then the lords of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not dried out, and she bound him with them. While men were lying in wait in an inner chamber, she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he snapped the bowstrings, as a strand of fiber snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known. Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have mocked me and told me lies; please tell me how you could be bound." He said to her, "If they bind me with new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak, and be like anyone else." So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them, and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" (The men lying in wait were in an inner chamber.) But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread. Then Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you have mocked me and told me lies; tell me how you could be bound." He said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and make it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak, and be like anyone else." So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web, and made them tight with the pin. Then she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he awoke from his sleep, and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web.

Acts 7:30-43

"Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 'I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, 'Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.' "It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, 'God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.' He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us. Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, 'Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.' At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands. But God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets: 'Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? No; you took along the tent of Moloch, and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; so I will remove you beyond Babylon.'

John 5:1-18

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids-- blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me." Jesus said to him, "Stand up, take your mat and walk." At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, "It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat." But he answered them, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Take up your mat and walk.'" They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take it up and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. But Jesus answered them, "My Father is still working, and I also am working." For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 107: Part II Posuit flumina
33   The LORD changed rivers into deserts, *
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34   A fruitful land into salt flats, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35   He changed deserts into pools of water *
and dry land into water-springs.
36   He settled the hungry there, *
and they founded a city to dwell in.
37   They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38   He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
he did not let their herds decrease.
39   Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40   (He pours contempt on princes *
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41   He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42   The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43   Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the LORD.

Psalm 108 Paratum cor meum

  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 praises to you among the nations.
  For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, *
save with your right hand and answer me.
  God spoke from his holy place and said, *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
10   Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me into Edom?
11   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
12   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
13   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 33 Exultate, justi

  Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
  Praise the LORD with the harp; *
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
  Sing for him a new song; *
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
  For the word of the LORD is right, *
and all his works are sure.
  He loves righteousness and justice; *
the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
  He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
and stores up the depths of the sea.
  Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
  For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
he commanded, and it stood fast.
10   The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11   But the LORD'S will stands fast for ever, *
and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12   Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *
happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13   The LORD looks down from heaven, *
and beholds all the people in the world.
14   From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *
on all who dwell on the earth.
15   He fashions all the hearts of them *
and understands all their works.
16   There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *
a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17   The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
for all its strength it cannot save.
18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *
on those who wait upon his love,
19   To pluck their lives from death, *
and to feed them in time of famine.
20   Our soul waits for the LORD; *
he is our help and our shield.
21   Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22   Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
as we have put our trust in you.

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