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The Daily Readings for May 20, 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.

Leviticus 16:20-34

When he has finished atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. Then Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and sending it away into the wilderness by means of someone designated for the task. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a barren region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness. Then Aaron shall enter the tent of meeting, and shall take off the linen vestments that he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there. He shall bathe his body in water in a holy place, and put on his vestments; then he shall come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, making atonement for himself and for the people. The fat of the sin offering he shall turn into smoke on the altar. The one who sets the goat free for Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward may come into the camp. The bull of the sin offering and the goat of the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be taken outside the camp; their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be consumed in fire. The one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward may come into the camp. This shall be a statute to you forever: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall deny yourselves, and shall do no work, neither the citizen nor the alien who resides among you. For on this day atonement shall be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins you shall be clean before the LORD. It is a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall deny yourselves; it is a statute forever. The priest who is anointed and consecrated as priest in his father's place shall make atonement, wearing the linen vestments, the holy vestments. He shall make atonement for the sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for the people of Israel once in the year for all their sins. And Moses did as the LORD had commanded him.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Matthew 6:7-15

"When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. "Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 61 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my cry, O God, *
and listen to my prayer.
  I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; *
set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
  For you have been my refuge, *
a strong tower against the enemy.
  I will dwell in your house for ever; *
I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.
  For you, O God, have heard my vows; *
you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your Name.
  Add length of days to the king's life; *
let his years extend over many generations.
  Let him sit enthroned before God for ever; *
bid love and faithfulness watch over him.
  So will I always sing the praise of your Name, *
and day by day I will fulfill my vows.

Psalm 62 Nonne Deo?

  For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
from him comes my salvation.
  He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
  How long will you assail me to crush me, all of you together, *
as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
  They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; *
lies are their chief delight.
  They bless with their lips, *
but in their hearts they curse.
  For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
truly, my hope is in him.
  He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
  In God is my safety and my honor; *
God is my strong rock and my refuge.
  Put your trust in him always, O people, *
pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10   Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11   On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
all of them together.
12   Put no trust in extortion; in robbery take no empty pride; *
though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13   God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
that power belongs to God.
14   Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 68 Exsurgat Deus

  Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; *
let those who hate him flee before him.
  Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; *
as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
  But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; *
let them also be merry and joyful.
  Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; *
YAHWEH is his Name, rejoice before him!
  Father of orphans, defender of widows, *
God in his holy habitation!
  God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; *
but the rebels shall live in dry places.
  O God, when you went forth before your people, *
when you marched through the wilderness,
  The earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, *
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
  You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; *
you refreshed the land when it was weary.
10   Your people found their home in it; *
in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor.
11   The Lord gave the word; *
great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
12   Kings with their armies are fleeing away; *
the women at home are dividing the spoils.
13   Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, *
you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver, whose feathers are like green gold.
14   When the Almighty scattered kings, *
it was like snow falling in Zalmon.
15   O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! *
O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan!
16   Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, at the hill which God chose for his resting place? *
truly, the LORD will dwell there for ever.
17   The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; *
the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai.
18   You have gone up on high and led captivity captive; you have received gifts even from your enemies, *
that the LORD God might dwell among them.
19   Blessed be the Lord day by day, *
the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
20   He is our God, the God of our salvation; *
God is the LORD, by whom we escape death.
21   God shall crush the heads of his enemies, *
and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their wickedness.
22   The Lord has said, "I will bring them back from Bashan; *
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
23   That your foot may be dipped in blood, *
the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies."
24   They see your procession, O God, *
your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
25   The singers go before, musicians follow after, *
in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.
26   Bless God in the congregation; *
bless the LORD, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
27   There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head; the princes of Judah in a company; *
and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
28   Send forth your strength, O God; *
establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
29   Kings shall bring gifts to you, *
for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.
30   Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, *
and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
31   Trample down those who lust after silver; *
scatter the peoples that delight in war.
32   Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; *
let Ethiopia stretch out her hands to God.
33   Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; *
sing praises to the Lord.
34   He rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; *
he sends forth his voice, his mighty voice.
35   Ascribe power to God; *
his majesty is over Israel; his strength is in the skies.
36   How wonderful is God in his holy places! *
the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people! Blessed be God!

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