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The Daily Readings for May 23, 2013

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.

Ruth 3:1-18

Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, observe the place where he lies; then, go and uncover his feet and lie down; and he will tell you what to do." She said to her, "All that you tell me I will do." So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had instructed her. When Boaz had eaten and drunk, and he was in a contented mood, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. At midnight the man was startled, and turned over, and there, lying at his feet, was a woman! He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth, your servant; spread your cloak over your servant, for you are next-of-kin." He said, "May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter; this last instance of your loyalty is better than the first; you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not be afraid, I will do for you all that you ask, for all the assembly of my people know that you are a worthy woman. But now, though it is true that I am a near kinsman, there is another kinsman more closely related than I. Remain this night, and in the morning, if he will act as next-of-kin for you, good; let him do it. If he is not willing to act as next-of-kin for you, then, as the LORD lives, I will act as next-of-kin for you. Lie down until the morning." So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before one person could recognize another; for he said, "It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor." Then he said, "Bring the cloak you are wearing and hold it out." So she held it, and he measured out six measures of barley, and put it on her back; then he went into the city. She came to her mother-in-law, who said, "How did things go with you, my daughter?" Then she told her all that the man had done for her, saying, "He gave me these six measures of barley, for he said, 'Do not go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'" She replied, "Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest, but will settle the matter today."

1 Timothy 4:1-16

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God's word and by prayer. If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives' tales. Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. These are the things you must insist on and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Luke 13:31-35

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 18 Part I Diligam te, Domine.

  I love you, O LORD my strength, *
O LORD my stronghold, my crag, and my haven.
  My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, *
my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge; you are worthy of praise.
  I will call upon the LORD, *
and so shall I be saved from my enemies.
  The breakers of death rolled over me, *
and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid.
  The cords of hell entangled me, *
and the snares of death were set for me.
  I called upon the LORD in my distress *
and cried out to my God for help.
  He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; *
my cry of anguish came to his ears.
  The earth reeled and rocked; *
the roots of the mountains shook; they reeled because of his anger.
  Smoke rose from his nostrils and a consuming fire out of his mouth; *
hot burning coals blazed forth from him.
10   He parted the heavens and came down *
with a storm cloud under his feet.
11   He mounted on cherubim and flew; *
he swooped on the wings of the wind.
12   He wrapped darkness about him; *
he made dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
13   From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds, *
burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14   The LORD thundered out of heaven; *
the Most High uttered his voice.
15   He loosed his arrows and scattered them; *
he hurled thunderbolts and routed them.
16   The beds of the seas were uncovered, and the foundations of the world laid bare, *
at your battle cry, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
17   He reached down from on high and grasped me; *
he drew me out of great waters.
18   He delivered me from my strong enemies and from those who hated me; *
for they were too mighty for me.
19   They confronted me in the day of my disaster; *
but the LORD was my support.
20   He brought me out into an open place; *
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 18:Part II Et retribuet mihi
21   The LORD rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; *
because my hands were clean he rewarded me;
22   For I have kept the ways of the LORD *
and have not offended against my God;
23   For all his judgments are before my eyes, *
and his decrees I have not put away from me;
24   For I have been blameless with him *
and have kept myself from iniquity;
25   Therefore the LORD rewarded me according to my righteous dealing, *
because of the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26   With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; *
with the forthright you show yourself forthright.
27   With the pure you show yourself pure, *
but with the crooked you are wily.
28   You will save a lowly people, *
but you will humble the haughty eyes.
29   You, O LORD, are my lamp; *
my God, you make my darkness bright.
30   With you I will break down an enclosure; *
with the help of my God I will scale any wall.
31   As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the LORD are tried in the fire; *
he is a shield to all who trust in him.
32   For who is God, but the LORD? *
who is the Rock, except our God?
33   It is God who girds me about with strength *
and makes my way secure.
34   He makes me sure-footed like a deer *
and lets me stand firm on the heights.
35   He trains my hands for battle *
and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze.
36   You have given me your shield of victory; *
your right hand also sustains me; your loving care makes me great.
37   You lengthen my stride beneath me, *
and my ankles do not give way.
38   I pursue my enemies and overtake them; *
I will not turn back till I have destroyed them.
39   I strike them down, and they cannot rise; *
they fall defeated at my feet.
40   You have girded me with strength for the battle; *
you have cast down my adversaries beneath me; you have put my enemies to flight.
41   I destroy those who hate me; they cry out, but there is none to help them; *
they cry to the LORD, but he does not answer.
42   I beat them small like dust before the wind; *
I trample them like mud in the streets.
43   You deliver me from the strife of the peoples; *
you put me at the head of the nations.
44   A people I have not known shall serve me; no sooner shall they hear than they shall obey me; *
strangers will cringe before me.
45   The foreign peoples will lose heart; *
they shall come trembling out of their strongholds.
46   The LORD lives! Blessed is my Rock! *
Exalted is the God of my salvation!
47   He is the God who gave me victory *
and cast down the peoples beneath me.
48   You rescued me from the fury of my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; *
you saved me from my deadly foe.
49   Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O LORD, *
and sing praises to your Name.
50   He multiplies the victories of his king; *
he shows loving-kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants for ever.

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