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The Daily Readings for August 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.

Judges 18:1-15

In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in; for until then no territory among the tribes of Israel had been allotted to them. So the Danites sent five valiant men from the whole number of their clan, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it; and they said to them, "Go, explore the land." When they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they stayed there. While they were at Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they went over and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?" He said to them, "Micah did such and such for me, and he hired me, and I have become his priest." Then they said to him, "Inquire of God that we may know whether the mission we are undertaking will succeed." The priest replied, "Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of the LORD." The five men went on, and when they came to Laish, they observed the people who were there living securely, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting, lacking nothing on earth, and possessing wealth. Furthermore, they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with Aram. When they came to their kinsfolk at Zorah and Eshtaol, they said to them, "What do you report?" They said, "Come, let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and it is very good. Will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go, but enter in and possess the land. When you go, you will come to an unsuspecting people. The land is broad-- God has indeed given it into your hands-- a place where there is no lack of anything on earth." Six hundred men of the Danite clan, armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol, and went up and encamped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. On this account that place is called Mahaneh-dan to this day; it is west of Kiriath-jearim. From there they passed on to the hill country of Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah. Then the five men who had gone to spy out the land (that is, Laish) said to their comrades, "Do you know that in these buildings there are an ephod, teraphim, and an idol of cast metal? Now therefore consider what you will do." So they turned in that direction and came to the house of the young Levite, at the home of Micah, and greeted him.

Acts 8:1-13

And Saul approved of their killing him. That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured. So there was great joy in that city. Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great. All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him eagerly, saying, "This man is the power of God that is called Great." And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place.

John 5:30-47

"I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me. "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 120 Ad Dominum

  When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD; *
I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
  Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips *
and from the deceitful tongue.
  What shall be done to you, and what more besides, *
O you deceitful tongue?
  The sharpened arrows of a warrior, *
along with hot glowing coals.
  How hateful it is that I must lodge in Meshech *
and dwell among the tents of Kedar!
  Too long have I had to live *
among the enemies of peace.
  I am on the side of peace, *
but when I speak of it, they are for war.

Psalm 121 Levavi oculos

  I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
from where is my help to come?
  My help comes from the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
  He will not let your foot be moved *
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
  Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
  The LORD himself watches over you; *
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
  So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
nor the moon by night.
  The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
it is he who shall keep you safe.
  The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 122 Lætatus sum

  I was glad when they said to me, *
"Let us go to the house of the LORD."
  Now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
  Jerusalem is built as a city *
that is at unity with itself;
  To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, *
the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD.
  For there are the thrones of judgment, *
the thrones of the house of David.
  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
"May they prosper who love you.
  Peace be within your walls *
and quietness within your towers.
  For my brethren and companions' sake, *
I pray for your prosperity.
  Because of the house of the LORD our God, *
I will seek to do you good."

Psalm 123 Ad te levavi oculos meos

  To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.
  As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
  So our eyes look to the LORD our God, *
until he show us his mercy.
  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,
  Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 124 Nisi quia Dominus

  If the LORD had not been on our side, *
let Israel now say;
  If the LORD had not been on our side, *
when enemies rose up against us;
  Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
in their fierce anger toward us;
  Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
and the torrent gone over us;
  Then would the raging waters *
have gone right over us.
  Blessed be the LORD! *
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
  We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
  Our help is in the Name of the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 125 Qui confidunt

  Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, *
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
  The hills stand about Jerusalem; *
so does the LORD stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
  The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the just, *
so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
  Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good *
and to those who are true of heart.
  As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will lead them away with the evildoers; *
but peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 126 In convertendo

  When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
  Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them."
  The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
  Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
  Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
  Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Psalm 127 Nisi Dominus

  Unless the LORD builds the house, *
their labor is in vain who build it.
  Unless the LORD watches over the city, *
in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
  It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep.
  Children are a heritage from the LORD, *
and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
are the children of one's youth.
  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
he shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

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