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The Daily Readings for June 20, 2020

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.

Numbers 13:31-14:25

Then the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we." So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out, saying, "The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are of great size. There we saw the Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim); and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them." Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron; the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become booty; would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?" So they said to one another, "Let us choose a captain, and go back to Egypt." Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the Israelites. And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the Israelites, "The land that we went through as spies is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. Only, do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they are no more than bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them." But the whole congregation threatened to stone them. Then the glory of the LORD appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people despise me? And how long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them? I will strike them with pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they." But Moses said to the LORD, "Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for in your might you brought up this people from among them, and they will tell the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that you, O LORD, are in the midst of this people; for you, O LORD, are seen face to face, and your cloud stands over them and you go in front of them, in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if you kill this people all at one time, then the nations who have heard about you will say, 'It is because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land he swore to give them that he has slaughtered them in the wilderness.' And now, therefore, let the power of the LORD be great in the way that you promised when you spoke, saying, 'The LORD is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children to the third and the fourth generation.' Forgive the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have pardoned this people, from Egypt even until now." Then the LORD said, "I do forgive, just as you have asked; nevertheless-- as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD-- none of the people who have seen my glory and the signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have tested me these ten times and have not obeyed my voice, shall see the land that I swore to give to their ancestors; none of those who despised me shall see it. But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me wholeheartedly, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea."

Romans 3:9-20

What then? Are we any better off? No, not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one." "Their throats are opened graves; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of vipers is under their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes." Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For "no human being will be justified in his sight" by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.

Matthew 19:1-12

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he cured them there. Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?" He answered, "Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." They said to him, "Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?" He said to them, "It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery." His disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." But he said to them, "Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 87 Fundamenta ejus

  On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
  Glorious things are spoken of you, *
O city of our God.
  I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born.
  Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
  The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
"These also were born there."
  The singers and the dancers will say, *
"All my fresh springs are in you."

Psalm 90 Domine, refugium

  Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
  Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.
  You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."
  For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.
  You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.
  In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
  For we consume away in your displeasure; *
we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
  Our iniquities you have set before you, *
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
  When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; *
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11   Who regards the power of your wrath? *
who rightly fears your indignation?
12   So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.
14   Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15   Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16   Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.
17   May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 136 Confitemini

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who only does great wonders, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who created great lights, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The sun to rule the day, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
10   Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
11   And brought out Israel from among them, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
12   With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
13   Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
14   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
15   But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
16   Who led his people through the wilderness, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
17   Who struck down great kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
18   And slew mighty kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
19   Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
20   And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
21   And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
22   An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
23   Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
24   And delivered us from our enemies, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
25   Who gives food to all creatures, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
26   Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for his mercy endures for ever.

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