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The Daily Readings for August 2, 2022

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 8:22-35

Then the Israelites said to Gideon, "Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also; for you have delivered us out of the hand of Midian." Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you." Then Gideon said to them, "Let me make a request of you; each of you give me an earring he has taken as booty." (For the enemy had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) "We will willingly give them," they answered. So they spread a garment, and each threw into it an earring he had taken as booty. The weight of the golden earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold (apart from the crescents and the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and the collars that were on the necks of their camels). Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his town, in Ophrah; and all Israel prostituted themselves to it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family. So Midian was subdued before the Israelites, and they lifted up their heads no more. So the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon. Jerubbaal son of Joash went to live in his own house. Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives. His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech. Then Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash at Ophrah of the Abiezrites. As soon as Gideon died, the Israelites relapsed and prostituted themselves with the Baals, making Baal-berith their god. The Israelites did not remember the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hand of all their enemies on every side; and they did not exhibit loyalty to the house of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.

Acts 4:1-12

While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand. The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, "Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!" Nathanael asked him, "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Nathanael replied, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 83 Deus, quis similis?

  O God, do not be silent; *
do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
  For your enemies are in tumult, *
and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
  They take secret counsel against your people *
and plot against those whom you protect.
  They have said, "Come, let us wipe them out from among the nations; *
let the name of Israel be remembered no more."
  They have conspired together; *
they have made an alliance against you:
  The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; *
the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; *
the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
  The Assyrians also have joined them, *
and have come to help the people of Lot.
  Do to them as you did to Midian, *
to Sisera, and to Jabin at the river of Kishon:
10   They were destroyed at Endor; *
they became like dung upon the ground.
11   Make their leaders like Oreb and Zeëb, *
and all their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12   Who said, "Let us take for ourselves *
the fields of God as our possession."
13   O my God, make them like whirling dust *
and like chaff before the wind;
14   Like fire that burns down a forest, *
like the flame that sets mountains ablaze.
15   Drive them with your tempest *
and terrify them with your storm;
16   Cover their faces with shame, O LORD, *
that they may seek your Name.
17   Let them be disgraced and terrified for ever; *
let them be put to confusion and perish.
18   Let them know that you, whose Name is YAHWEH, *
you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 85 Benedixisti, Domine

  You have been gracious to your land, O LORD, *
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
  You have forgiven the iniquity of your people *
and blotted out all their sins.
  You have withdrawn all your fury *
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
  Restore us then, O God our Savior; *
let your anger depart from us.
  Will you be displeased with us for ever? *
will you prolong your anger from age to age?
  Will you not give us life again, *
that your people may rejoice in you?
  Show us your mercy, O LORD, *
and grant us your salvation.
  I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
  Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
that his glory may dwell in our land.
10   Mercy and truth have met together; *
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11   Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12   The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
and our land will yield its increase.
13   Righteousness shall go before him, *
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Psalm 86 Inclina, Domine

  Bow down your ear, O LORD, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
  Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; *
save your servant who puts his trust in you.
  Be merciful to me, O LORD, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
  Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
  For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, *
and great is your love toward all who call upon you.
  Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, *
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
  In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
  Among the gods there is none like you, O LORD, *
nor anything like your works.
  All the nations you have made will come and worship you, O LORD, *
and glorify your Name.
10   For you are great; you do wondrous things; *
and you alone are God.
11   Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.
12   I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your Name for evermore.
13   For great is your love toward me; *
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
14   The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a band of violent men seeks my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
15   But you, O LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
16   Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.
17   Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

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