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The Daily Readings for May 23, 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.

Numbers 11:16-29

So the LORD said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you. I will come down and talk with you there; and I will take some of the spirit that is on you and put it on them; and they shall bear the burden of the people along with you so that you will not bear it all by yourself. And say to the people: Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wailed in the hearing of the LORD, saying, 'If only we had meat to eat! Surely it was better for us in Egypt.' Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall eat not only one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, but for a whole month-- until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you-- because you have rejected the LORD who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, 'Why did we ever leave Egypt?'" But Moses said, "The people I am with number six hundred thousand on foot; and you say, 'I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month'! Are there enough flocks and herds to slaughter for them? Are there enough fish in the sea to catch for them?" The LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD's power limited? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not." So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again. Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp." And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, "My lord Moses, stop them!" But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!"

Ephesians 2:11-22

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called "the uncircumcision" by those who are called "the circumcision"-- a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands-- remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Matthew 7:28-8:4

Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean." He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I do choose. Be made clean!" Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 87 Fundamenta ejus

  On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded; *
the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
  Glorious things are spoken of you, *
O city of our God.
  I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me; *
behold Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia: in Zion were they born.
  Of Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her, *
and the Most High himself shall sustain her."
  The LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples, *
"These also were born there."
  The singers and the dancers will say, *
"All my fresh springs are in you."

Psalm 90 Domine, refugium

  Lord, you have been our refuge *
from one generation to another.
  Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, *
from age to age you are God.
  You turn us back to the dust and say, *
"Go back, O child of earth."
  For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past *
and like a watch in the night.
  You sweep us away like a dream; *
we fade away suddenly like the grass.
  In the morning it is green and flourishes; *
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
  For we consume away in your displeasure; *
we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation.
  Our iniquities you have set before you, *
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
  When you are angry, all our days are gone; *
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; *
yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.
11   Who regards the power of your wrath? *
who rightly fears your indignation?
12   So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD; how long will you tarry? *
be gracious to your servants.
14   Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15   Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us *
and the years in which we suffered adversity.
16   Show your servants your works *
and your splendor to their children.
17   May the graciousness of the LORD our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 136 Confitemini

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the God of gods, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who only does great wonders, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who by wisdom made the heavens, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who spread out the earth upon the waters, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  Who created great lights, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The sun to rule the day, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
  The moon and the stars to govern the night, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
10   Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
11   And brought out Israel from among them, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
12   With a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
13   Who divided the Red Sea in two, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
14   And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
15   But swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
16   Who led his people through the wilderness, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
17   Who struck down great kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
18   And slew mighty kings, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
19   Sihon, king of the Amorites, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
20   And Og, the king of Bashan, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
21   And gave away their lands for an inheritance, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
22   An inheritance for Israel his servant, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
23   Who remembered us in our low estate, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
24   And delivered us from our enemies, *
for his mercy endures for ever;
25   Who gives food to all creatures, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
26   Give thanks to the God of heaven, *
for his mercy endures for ever.

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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