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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.

Judges 18:16-31

While the six hundred men of the Danites, armed with their weapons of war, stood by the entrance of the gate, the five men who had gone to spy out the land proceeded to enter and take the idol of cast metal, the ephod, and the teraphim. The priest was standing by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war. When the men went into Micah's house and took the idol of cast metal, the ephod, and the teraphim, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?" They said to him, "Keep quiet! Put your hand over your mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one person, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?" Then the priest accepted the offer. He took the ephod, the teraphim, and the idol, and went along with the people. So they resumed their journey, putting the little ones, the livestock, and the goods in front of them. When they were some distance from the home of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah's house were called out, and they overtook the Danites. They shouted to the Danites, who turned around and said to Micah, "What is the matter that you come with such a company?" He replied, "You take my gods that I made, and the priest, and go away, and what have I left? How then can you ask me, 'What is the matter?'" And the Danites said to him, "You had better not let your voice be heard among us or else hot-tempered fellows will attack you, and you will lose your life and the lives of your household." Then the Danites went their way. When Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his home. The Danites, having taken what Micah had made, and the priest who belonged to him, came to Laish, to a people quiet and unsuspecting, put them to the sword, and burned down the city. There was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with Aram. It was in the valley that belongs to Beth-rehob. They rebuilt the city, and lived in it. They named the city Dan, after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel; but the name of the city was formerly Laish. Then the Danites set up the idol for themselves. Jonathan son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the time the land went into captivity. So they maintained as their own Micah's idol that he had made, as long as the house of God was at Shiloh.

Acts 8:14-25

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, "Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him, "May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain God's gift with money! You have no part or share in this, for your heart is not right before God. Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness." Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may happen to me." Now after Peter and John had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news to many villages of the Samaritans.

John 6:1-15

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?" He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, "Six months' wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little." One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?" Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, "Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost." So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, "This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world." When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Qoph Clamavi in toto corde meo
145   I call with my whole heart; *
answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146   I call to you; oh, that you would save me! *
I will keep your decrees.
147   Early in the morning I cry out to you, *
for in your word is my trust.
148   My eyes are open in the night watches, *
that I may meditate upon your promise.
149   Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; *
according to your judgments, give me life.
150   They draw near who in malice persecute me; *
they are very far from your law.
151   You, O LORD, are near at hand, *
and all your commandments are true.
152   Long have I known from your decrees *
that you have established them for ever.

Psalm 119: Resh Vide humilitatem
153   Behold my affliction and deliver me, *
for I do not forget your law.
154   Plead my cause and redeem me; *
according to your promise, give me life.
155   Deliverance is far from the wicked, *
for they do not study your statutes.
156   Great is your compassion, O LORD; *
preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157   There are many who persecute and oppress me, *
yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158   I look with loathing at the faithless, *
for they have not kept your word.
159   See how I love your commandments! *
O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160   The heart of your word is truth; *
all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.

Psalm 119: Shin Principes persecuti sunt
161   Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, *
but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162   I am as glad because of your promise *
as one who finds great spoils.
163   As for lies, I hate and abhor them, *
but your law is my love.
164   Seven times a day do I praise you, *
because of your righteous judgments.
165   Great peace have they who love your law; *
for them there is no stumbling block.
166   I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, *
and have fulfilled your commandments.
167   I have kept your decrees *
and I have loved them deeply.
168   I have kept your commandments and decrees, *
for all my ways are before you.

Psalm 119: Taw Appropinquet deprecatio
169   Let my cry come before you, O LORD; *
give me understanding, according to your word.
170   Let my supplication come before you; *
deliver me, according to your promise.
171   My lips shall pour forth your praise, *
when you teach me your statutes.
172   My tongue shall sing of your promise, *
for all your commandments are righteous.
173   Let your hand be ready to help me, *
for I have chosen your commandments.
174   I long for your salvation, O LORD, *
and your law is my delight.
175   Let me live, and I will praise you, *
and let your judgments help me.
176   I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; *
search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 128 Beati omnes

  Happy are they all who fear the LORD, *
and who follow in his ways!
  You shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
  Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
your children like olive shoots round about your table.
  The man who fears the LORD *
shall thus indeed be blessed.
  The LORD bless you from Zion, *
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
  May you live to see your children's children; *
may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt

  Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, *
let Israel now say;
  Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth", *
but they have not prevailed against me."
  The plowmen plowed upon my back *
and made their furrows long.
  The LORD, the Righteous One, *
has cut the cords of the wicked.
  Let them be put to shame and thrown back, *
all those who are enemies of Zion.
  Let them be like grass upon the housetops, *
which withers before it can be plucked;
  Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, *
nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
  So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. *
We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 130 De profundis

  Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
  If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
  For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
  I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
  My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
  O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
  With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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