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The Daily Readings for November 19, 2014

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.

Habakkuk 2:1-4, 2:9-20

I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint. Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith. "Alas for you who get evil gain for your houses, setting your nest on high to be safe from the reach of harm!" You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life. The very stones will cry out from the wall, and the plaster will respond from the woodwork. "Alas for you who build a town by bloodshed, and found a city on iniquity!" Is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor only to feed the flames, and nations weary themselves for nothing? But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. "Alas for you who make your neighbors drink, pouring out your wrath until they are drunk, in order to gaze on their nakedness!" You will be sated with contempt instead of glory. Drink, you yourself, and stagger! The cup in the LORD's right hand will come around to you, and shame will come upon your glory! For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you; the destruction of the animals will terrify you-- because of human bloodshed and violence to the earth, to cities and all who live in them. What use is an idol once its maker has shaped it-- a cast image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in what has been made, though the product is only an idol that cannot speak! Alas for you who say to the wood, "Wake up!" to silent stone, "Rouse yourself!" Can it teach? See, it is gold and silver plated, and there is no breath in it at all. But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!

James 2:14-26

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe-- and shudder. Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren? Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works. Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

Luke 16:19-31

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house-- for I have five brothers-- that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 89: Part I Misericordias Domini

  Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; *
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
  For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever; *
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
  I have made a covenant with my chosen one; *
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
  'I will establish your line for ever, *
and preserve your throne for all generations.'"
  The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O LORD, *
and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
  For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? *
who is like the LORD among the gods?
  God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, *
great and terrible to all those round about him.
  Who is like you, LORD God of hosts? *
O mighty LORD, your faithfulness is all around you.
  You rule the raging of the sea *
and still the surging of its waves.
10   You have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; *
you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11   Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; *
you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it.
12   You have made the north and the south; *
Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your Name.
13   You have a mighty arm; *
strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
14   Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; *
love and truth go before your face.
15   Happy are the people who know the festal shout! *
they walk, O LORD, in the light of your presence.
16   They rejoice daily in your Name; *
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17   For you are the glory of their strength, *
and by your favor our might is exalted.
18   Truly, the LORD is our ruler; *
The Holy One of Israel is our King.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 89: Part II Tunc locutus es
19   You spoke once in vision and said to your faithful people: *
"I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20   I have found David my servant; *
with my holy oil have I anointed him.
21   My hand will hold him fast *
and my arm will make him strong.
22   No enemy shall deceive him, *
nor any wicked man bring him down.
23   I will crush his foes before him *
and strike down those who hate him.
24   My faithfulness and love shall be with him, *
and he shall be victorious through my Name.
25   I shall make his dominion extend *
from the Great Sea to the River.
26   He will say to me, 'You are my Father, *
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27   I will make him my firstborn *
and higher than the kings of the earth.
28   I will keep my love for him for ever, *
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29   I will establish his line for ever *
and his throne as the days of heaven."
30   If his children forsake my law *
and do not walk according to my judgments;
31   If they break my statutes *
and do not keep my commandments;
32   I will punish their transgressions with a rod *
and their iniquities with the lash;
33   But I will not take my love from him, *
nor let my faithfulness prove false.
34   I will not break my covenant, *
nor change what has gone out of my lips.
35   Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: *
'I will not lie to David.
36   His line shall endure for ever *
and his throne as the sun before me;
37   It shall stand fast for evermore like the moon, *
the abiding witness in the sky.'"
38   But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; *
you have become enraged at him.
39   You have broken your covenant with your servant, *
defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground.
40   You have breached all his walls *
and laid his strongholds in ruins.
41   All who pass by despoil him; *
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42   You have exalted the right hand of his foes *
and made all his enemies rejoice.
43   You have turned back the edge of his sword *
and have not sustained him in battle.
44   You have put an end to his splendor *
and cast his throne to the ground.
45   You have cut short the days of his youth *
and have covered him with shame.
46   How long will you hide yourself, O LORD? will you hide yourself for ever? *
how long will your anger burn like fire?
47   Remember, LORD, how short life is, *
how frail you have made all flesh.
48   Who can live and not see death? *
who can save himself from the power of the grave?
49   Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, *
which you promised David in your faithfulness?
50   Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, *
how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples,
51   The taunts your enemies have hurled, O LORD, *
which they hurled at the heels of your anointed.
52   Blessed be the LORD for evermore! *
Amen, I say, Amen.

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