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The Daily Readings for November 23, 2018

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 3:1-12

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight-- indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts. For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, have not perished. Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, "How shall we return?" Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, "How are we robbing you?" In your tithes and offerings! You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me-- the whole nation of you! Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the LORD of hosts. Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts.

James 5:7-12

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "Yes" be yes and your "No" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Luke 18:1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.' For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 102 Domine, exaudi

  LORD, hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; *
hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble.
  Incline your ear to me; *
when I call, make haste to answer me,
  For my days drift away like smoke, *
and my bones are hot as burning coals.
  My heart is smitten like grass and withered, *
so that I forget to eat my bread.
  Because of the voice of my groaning *
I am but skin and bones.
  I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, *
like an owl among the ruins.
  I lie awake and groan; *
I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top.
  My enemies revile me all day long, *
and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me.
  For I have eaten ashes for bread *
and mingled my drink with weeping.
10   Because of your indignation and wrath *
you have lifted me up and thrown me away.
11   My days pass away like a shadow, *
and I wither like the grass.
12   But you, O LORD, endure for ever, *
and your Name from age to age.
13   You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to have mercy upon her; *
indeed, the appointed time has come.
14   For your servants love her very rubble, *
and are moved to pity even for her dust.
15   The nations shall fear your Name, O LORD, *
and all the kings of the earth your glory.
16   For the LORD will build up Zion, *
and his glory will appear.
17   He will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; *
he will not despise their plea.
18   Let this be written for a future generation, *
so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD.
19   For the LORD looked down from his holy place on high; *
from the heavens he beheld the earth;
20   That he might hear the groan of the captive *
and set free those condemned to die;
21   That they may declare in Zion the Name of the LORD, *
and his praise in Jerusalem;
22   When the peoples are gathered together, *
and the kingdoms also, to serve the LORD.
23   He has brought down my strength before my time; *
he has shortened the number of my days;
24   And I said, "O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; *
your years endure throughout all generations.
25   In the beginning, O LORD, you laid the foundations of the earth, *
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
26   They shall perish, but you will endure; they all shall wear out like a garment; *
as clothing you will change them, and they shall be changed;
27   But you are always the same, *
and your years will never end.
28   The children of your servants shall continue, *
and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 107: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.
  Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
  He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
  Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
  They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
  He put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.
  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
  For he satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.
10   Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
bound fast in misery and iron;
11   Because they rebelled against the words of God *
and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12   So he humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
14   He led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
and broke their bonds asunder.
15   Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
16   For he shatters the doors of bronze *
and breaks in two the iron bars.
17   Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.
18   They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death's door.
19   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
20   He sent forth his word and healed them *
and saved them from the grave.
21   Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
22   Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
23   Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24   They beheld the works of the LORD *
and his wonders in the deep.
25   Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26   They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27   They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits' end.
28   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
29   He stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30   Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31   Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
32   Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise him in the council of the elders.

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