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The Daily Readings for November 21, 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.

Malachi 3:13-4:6

You have spoken harsh words against me, says the LORD. Yet you say, "How have we spoken against you?" You have said, "It is vain to serve God. What do we profit by keeping his command or by going about as mourners before the LORD of hosts? Now we count the arrogant happy; evildoers not only prosper, but when they put God to the test they escape." Then those who revered the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD took note and listened, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who revered the LORD and thought on his name. They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as parents spare their children who serve them. Then once more you shall see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts. Remember the teaching of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.

James 5:13-20

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Luke 18:9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 107: Part II Posuit flumina
33   The LORD changed rivers into deserts, *
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34   A fruitful land into salt flats, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35   He changed deserts into pools of water *
and dry land into water-springs.
36   He settled the hungry there, *
and they founded a city to dwell in.
37   They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38   He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
he did not let their herds decrease.
39   Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40   (He pours contempt on princes *
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41   He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42   The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43   Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the LORD.

Psalm 108 Paratum cor meum

  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 praises to you among the nations.
  For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, *
save with your right hand and answer me.
  God spoke from his holy place and said, *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
10   Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me into Edom?
11   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
12   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
13   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 33 Exultate, justi

  Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
  Praise the LORD with the harp; *
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
  Sing for him a new song; *
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
  For the word of the LORD is right, *
and all his works are sure.
  He loves righteousness and justice; *
the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
  He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
and stores up the depths of the sea.
  Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
  For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
he commanded, and it stood fast.
10   The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11   But the LORD'S will stands fast for ever, *
and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12   Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *
happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13   The LORD looks down from heaven, *
and beholds all the people in the world.
14   From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *
on all who dwell on the earth.
15   He fashions all the hearts of them *
and understands all their works.
16   There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *
a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17   The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
for all its strength it cannot save.
18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *
on those who wait upon his love,
19   To pluck their lives from death, *
and to feed them in time of famine.
20   Our soul waits for the LORD; *
he is our help and our shield.
21   Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22   Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
as we have put our trust in you.

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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