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The Daily Readings for August 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.

Job 2:1-13

One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason." Then Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives. But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. Then his wife said to him, "Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die." But he said to her, "You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Now when Job's three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home-- Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They met together to go and console and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him, and they raised their voices and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads. They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

Acts 9:1-9

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

John 6:27-40

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 140 Eripe me, Domine

  Deliver me, O LORD, from evildoers; *
protect me from the violent,
  Who devise evil in their hearts *
and stir up strife all day long.
  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; *
adder's poison is under their lips.
  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; *
protect me from the violent, who are determined to trip me up.
  The proud have hidden a snare for me and stretched out a net of cords; *
they have set traps for me along the path.
  I have said to the LORD, "You are my God; *
listen, O LORD, to my supplication.
  O Lord GOD, the strength of my salvation, *
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
  Do not grant the desires of the wicked, O LORD, *
nor let their evil plans prosper.
  Let not those who surround me lift up their heads; *
let the evil of their lips overwhelm them.
10   Let hot burning coals fall upon them; *
let them be cast into the mire, never to rise up again."
11   A slanderer shall not be established on the earth, *
and evil shall hunt down the lawless.
12   I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the poor *
and render justice to the needy.
13   Surely, the righteous will give thanks to your Name, *
and the upright shall continue in your sight.

Psalm 142 Voce mea ad Dominum

  I cry to the LORD with my voice; *
to the LORD I make loud supplication.
  I pour out my complaint before him *
and tell him all my trouble.
  When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path; *
in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me.
  I look to my right hand and find no one who knows me; *
I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for me.
  I cry out to you, O LORD; *
I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living."
  Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low; *
save me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.
  Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your Name; *
when you have dealt bountifully with me, the righteous will gather around me.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 141 Domine, clamavi

  O LORD, I call to you; come to me quickly; *
hear my voice when I cry to you.
  Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, *
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
  Set a watch before my mouth, O LORD, and guard the door of my lips; *
let not my heart incline to any evil thing.
  Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, *
nor eat of their choice foods.
  Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; *
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
  Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, *
that they may know my words are true.
  As when a plowman turns over the earth in furrows, *
let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave.
  But my eyes are turned to you, Lord GOD; *
in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life.
  Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me *
and from the traps of the evildoers.
10   Let the wicked fall into their own nets, *
while I myself escape.

Psalm 143 Domine, exaudi

  LORD, hear my prayer, and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; *
answer me in your righteousness.
  Enter not into judgment with your servant, *
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
  For my enemy has sought my life; he has crushed me to the ground; *
he has made me live in dark places like those who are long dead.
  My spirit faints within me; *
my heart within me is desolate.
  I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; *
I consider the works of your hands.
  I spread out my hands to you; *
my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
  O LORD, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; *
do not hide your face from me or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
  Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, for I put my trust in you; *
show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to you.
  Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD, *
for I flee to you for refuge.
10   Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; *
let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
11   Revive me, O LORD, for your Name's sake; *
for your righteousness' sake, bring me out of trouble.
12   Of your goodness, destroy my enemies and bring all my foes to naught, *
for truly I am your servant.

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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