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The Daily Readings for November 2, 2012

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.

Ecclesiasticus 51:1-12

I give you thanks, O Lord and King, and praise you, O God my Savior. I give thanks to your name, for you have been my protector and helper and have delivered me from destruction and from the trap laid by a slanderous tongue, from lips that fabricate lies. In the face of my adversaries you have been my helper and delivered me, in the greatness of your mercy and of your name, from grinding teeth about to devour me, from the hand of those seeking my life, from the many troubles I endured, from choking fire on every side, and from the midst of fire that I had not kindled, from the deep belly of Hades, from an unclean tongue and lying words-- the slander of an unrighteous tongue to the king. My soul drew near to death, and my life was on the brink of Hades below. They surrounded me on every side, and there was no one to help me; I looked for human assistance, and there was none. Then I remembered your mercy, O Lord, and your kindness from of old, for you rescue those who wait for you and save them from the hand of their enemies. And I sent up my prayer from the earth, and begged for rescue from death. I cried out, "Lord, you are my Father; do not forsake me in the days of trouble, when there is no help against the proud. I will praise your name continually, and will sing hymns of thanksgiving." My prayer was heard, for you saved me from destruction and rescued me in time of trouble. For this reason I thank you and praise you, and I bless the name of the Lord. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the God of praises, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the guardian of Israel, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to him who formed all things, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the redeemer of Israel, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to him who gathers the dispersed of Israel, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to him who rebuilt his city and his sanctuary, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to him who makes a horn to sprout for the house of David, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to him who has chosen the sons of Zadok to be priests, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the shield of Abraham, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the rock of Isaac, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the mighty one of Jacob, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to him who has chosen Zion, for his mercy endures forever; Give thanks to the King of the kings of kings, for his mercy endures forever; He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his loyal ones. For the children of Israel, the people close to him. Praise the LORD!

Revelation 18:1-14

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor. He called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! It has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt of every foul spirit, a haunt of every foul bird, a haunt of every foul and hateful beast. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxury." Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not take part in her sins, and so that you do not share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her as she herself has rendered, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed. As she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, so give her a like measure of torment and grief. Since in her heart she says, 'I rule as a queen; I am no widow, and I will never see grief,' therefore her plagues will come in a single day-- pestilence and mourning and famine-- and she will be burned with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who judges her." And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning; they will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, "Alas, alas, the great city, Babylon, the mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come." And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet, all kinds of scented wood, all articles of ivory, all articles of costly wood, bronze, iron, and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, choice flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, slaves-- and human lives. "The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your dainties and your splendor are lost to you, never to be found again!"

Luke 14:1-11

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?" But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, "If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?" And they could not reply to this. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, 'Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher' then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 75 Confitebimur tibi

  We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, *
calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds.
  I will appoint a time, says God; *
I will judge with equity.
  Though the earth and all its inhabitants are quaking, *
I will make its pillars fast.
  I will say to the boasters, 'Boast no more, ' *
and to the wicked, 'Do not toss your horns;
  Do not toss your horns so high, *
nor speak with a proud neck.'"
  For judgment is neither from the east nor from the west, *
nor yet from the wilderness or the mountains.
  It is God who judges; *
he puts down one and lifts up another.
  For in the LORD'S hand there is a cup, full of spiced and foaming wine, which he pours out, *
and all the wicked of the earth shall drink and drain the dregs.
  But I will rejoice for ever; *
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10   He shall break off all the horns of the wicked; *
but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Psalm 76 Notus in Judæa

  In Judah is God known; *
his Name is great in Israel.
  At Salem is his tabernacle, *
and his dwelling is in Zion.
  There he broke the flashing arrows, *
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of battle.
  How glorious you are! *
more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
  The strong of heart have been despoiled; they sink into sleep; *
none of the warriors can lift a hand.
  At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, *
both horse and rider lie stunned.
  What terror you inspire! *
who can stand before you when you are angry?
  From heaven you pronounced judgment; *
the earth was afraid and was still;
  When God rose up to judgment *
and to save all the oppressed of the earth.
10   Truly, wrathful Edom will give you thanks, *
and the remnant of Hamath will keep your feasts.
11   Make a vow to the LORD your God and keep it; *
let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.
12   He breaks the spirit of princes, *
and strikes terror in the kings of the earth.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 23 Dominus regit me

  The LORD is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
  He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
  He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
  Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 27 Dominus illuminatio

  The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? *
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
  When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell.
  Though an army should encamp against me, *
yet my heart shall not be afraid;
  And though war should rise up against me, *
yet will I put my trust in him.
  One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek; *
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life;
  To behold the fair beauty of the LORD *
and to seek him in his temple.
  For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *
he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.
  Even now he lifts up my head *
above my enemies round about me.
  Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; *
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
10   Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *
have mercy on me and answer me.
11   You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *
Your face, LORD, will I seek.
12   Hide not your face from me, *
nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
13   You have been my helper; cast me not away; *
do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
14   Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
the LORD will sustain me.
15   Show me your way, O LORD; *
lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
16   Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice.
17   What if I had not believed that I should see the goodness of the LORD *
in the land of the living!
18   O tarry and await the LORD'S pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *
wait patiently for the LORD.

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