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The Daily Readings for May 20, 2019

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.

Wisdom 9:1-18

"O God of my ancestors and Lord of mercy, who have made all things by your word, and by your wisdom have formed humankind to have dominion over the creatures you have made, and rule the world in holiness and righteousness, and pronounce judgment in uprightness of soul, give me the wisdom that sits by your throne, and do not reject me from among your servants. For I am your servant the son of your serving girl, a man who is weak and short-lived, with little understanding of judgment and laws; for even one who is perfect among human beings will be regarded as nothing without the wisdom that comes from you. You have chosen me to be king of your people and to be judge over your sons and daughters. You have given command to build a temple on your holy mountain, and an altar in the city of your habitation, a copy of the holy tent that you prepared from the beginning. With you is wisdom, she who knows your works and was present when you made the world; she understands what is pleasing in your sight and what is right according to your commandments. Send her forth from the holy heavens, and from the throne of your glory send her, that she may labor at my side, and that I may learn what is pleasing to you. For she knows and understands all things, and she will guide me wisely in my actions and guard me with her glory. Then my works will be acceptable, and I shall judge your people justly, and shall be worthy of the throne of my father. For who can learn the counsel of God? Or who can discern what the Lord wills? For the reasoning of mortals is worthless, and our designs are likely to fail; for a perishable body weighs down the soul, and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind. We can hardly guess at what is on earth, and what is at hand we find with labor; but who has traced out what is in the heavens? Who has learned your counsel, unless you have given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high? And thus the paths of those on earth were set right, and people were taught what pleases you, and were saved by wisdom."

Colossians 3:18-4:18

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven. Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts; he is coming with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here. Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions-- if he comes to you, welcome him. And Jesus who is called Justus greets you. These are the only ones of the circumcision among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills. For I testify for him that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, "See that you complete the task that you have received in the Lord." I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Luke 7:36-50

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him-- that she is a sinner." Jesus spoke up and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." "Teacher," he replied, "Speak." "A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?" Simon answered, "I suppose the one for whom he canceled the greater debt." And Jesus said to him, "You have judged rightly." Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little." Then he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" And he said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 56 Miserere mei, Deus

  Have mercy on me, O God, for my enemies are hounding me; *
all day long they assault and oppress me.
  They hound me all the day long; *
truly there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
  Whenever I am afraid, *
I will put my trust in you.
  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
for what can flesh do to me?
  All day long they damage my cause; *
their only thought is to do me evil.
  They band together; they lie in wait; *
they spy upon my footsteps; because they seek my life.
  Shall they escape despite their wickedness? *
O God, in your anger, cast down the peoples.
  You have noted my lamentation; put my tears into your bottle; *
are they not recorded in your book?
  Whenever I call upon you, my enemies will be put to flight; *
this I know, for God is on my side.
10   In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
for what can mortals do to me?
11   I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; *
I will present to you thank-offerings;
12   For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, *
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalm 57 Miserere mei, Deus

  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; *
in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by.
  I will call upon the Most High God, *
the God who maintains my cause.
  He will send from heaven and save me; he will confound those who trample upon me; *
God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.
  I lie in the midst of lions that devour the people; *
their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharp sword.
  They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; *
they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  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 praise to you among the nations.
10   For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11   Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 58 Si vere utique

  Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *
do you judge the peoples with equity?
  No; you devise evil in your hearts, *
and your hands deal out violence in the land.
  The wicked are perverse from the womb; *
liars go astray from their birth.
  They are as venomous as a serpent, *
they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
  Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *
no matter how skillful his charming.
  O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *
pull the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
  Let them vanish like water that runs off; *
let them wither like trodden grass.
  Let them be like the snail that melts away, *
like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
  Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *
like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
10   The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11   And they will say, "Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *
surely, there is a God who rules in the earth."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 64 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; *
protect my life from fear of the enemy.
  Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, *
from the mob of evildoers.
  They sharpen their tongue like a sword, *
and aim their bitter words like arrows,
  That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; *
they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
  They hold fast to their evil course; *
they plan how they may hide their snares.
  They say, "Who will see us? who will find out our crimes? *
we have thought out a perfect plot."
  The human mind and heart are a mystery; *
but God will loose an arrow at them, and suddenly they will be wounded.
  He will make them trip over their tongues, *
and all who see them will shake their heads.
  Everyone will stand in awe and declare God's deeds; *
they will recognize his works.
10   The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
and all who are true of heart will glory.

Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus

  You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; *
to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
  To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, *
because of their transgressions.
  Our sins are stronger than we are, *
but you will blot them out.
  Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! *
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple.
  Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, *
O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.
  You make fast the mountains by your power; *
they are girded about with might.
  You still the roaring of the seas, *
the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples.
  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; *
you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
  You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; *
the river of God is full of water.
10   You prepare the grain, *
for so you provide for the earth.
11   You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *
with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.
12   You crown the year with your goodness, *
and your paths overflow with plenty.
13   May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, *
and the hills be clothed with joy.
14   May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; *
let them shout for joy and sing.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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