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The Daily Readings for September 25, 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.

Esther 6:1-14

On that night the king could not sleep, and he gave orders to bring the book of records, the annals, and they were read to the king. It was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had conspired to assassinate King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, "What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?" The king's servants who attended him said, "Nothing has been done for him." The king said, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. So the king's servants told him, "Haman is there, standing in the court." The king said, "Let him come in." So Haman came in, and the king said to him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor?" Haman said to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?" So Haman said to the king, "For the man whom the king wishes to honor, let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and a horse that the king has ridden, with a royal crown on its head. Let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king's most noble officials; let him robe the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let him conduct the man on horseback through the open square of the city, proclaiming before him: 'Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor.'" Then the king said to Haman, "Quickly, take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to the Jew Mordecai who sits at the king's gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned." So Haman took the robes and the horse and robed Mordecai and led him riding through the open square of the city, proclaiming, "Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honor." Then Mordecai returned to the king's gate, but Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom your downfall has begun, is of the Jewish people, you will not prevail against him, but will surely fall before him." While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman off to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

Acts 19:1-10

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?" They replied, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Then he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" They answered, "Into John's baptism." Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied-- altogether there were about twelve of them. He entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out boldly, and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. When some stubbornly refused to believe and spoke evil of the Way before the congregation, he left them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.

Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone.'" Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus answered him, "It is said, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Mem Quomodo dilexi!
97   Oh, how I love your law! *
all the day long it is in my mind.
98   Your commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, *
and it is always with me.
99   I have more understanding than all my teachers, *
for your decrees are my study.
100   I am wiser than the elders, *
because I observe your commandments.
101   I restrain my feet from every evil way, *
that I may keep your word.
102   I do not shrink from your judgments, *
because you yourself have taught me.
103   How sweet are your words to my taste! *
they are sweeter than honey to my mouth.
104   Through your commandments I gain understanding; *
therefore I hate every lying way.

Psalm 119: Nun Lucerna pedibus meis
105   Your word is a lantern to my feet *
and a light upon my path.
106   I have sworn and am determined *
to keep your righteous judgments.
107   I am deeply troubled; *
preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
108   Accept, O LORD, the willing tribute of my lips, *
and teach me your judgments.
109   My life is always in my hand, *
yet I do not forget your law.
110   The wicked have set a trap for me, *
but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111   Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112   I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
for ever and to the end.

Psalm 119: Samekh Iniquos odio habui
113   I hate those who have a divided heart, *
but your law do I love.
114   You are my refuge and shield; *
my hope is in your word.
115   Away from me, you wicked! *
I will keep the commandments of my God.
116   Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, *
and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
117   Hold me up, and I shall be safe, *
and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
118   You spurn all who stray from your statutes; *
their deceitfulness is in vain.
119   In your sight all the wicked of the earth are but dross; *
therefore I love your decrees.
120   My flesh trembles with dread of you; *
I am afraid of your judgments.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 81 Exultate Deo

  Sing with joy to God our strength *
and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob.
  Raise a song and sound the timbrel, *
the merry harp, and the lyre.
  Blow the ram's-horn at the new moon, *
and at the full moon, the day of our feast.
  For this is a statute for Israel, *
a law of the God of Jacob.
  He laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, *
when he came out of the land of Egypt.
  I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, *
"I eased his shoulder from the burden; his hands were set free from bearing the load."
  You called on me in trouble, and I saved you; *
I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah.
  Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: *
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
  There shall be no strange god among you; *
you shall not worship a foreign god.
10   I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, *
"Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."
11   And yet my people did not hear my voice, *
and Israel would not obey me.
12   So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, *
to follow their own devices.
13   Oh, that my people would listen to me! *
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14   I should soon subdue their enemies *
and turn my hand against their foes.
15   Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, *
and their punishment would last for ever.
16   But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat *
and satisfy him with honey from the rock.

Psalm 82 Deus stetit

  God takes his stand in the council of heaven; *
he gives judgment in the midst of the gods:
  How long will you judge unjustly, *
and show favor to the wicked?
  Save the weak and the orphan; *
defend the humble and needy;
  Rescue the weak and the poor; *
deliver them from the power of the wicked.
  They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness; *
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
  Now I say to you, 'You are gods, *
and all of you children of the Most High;
  Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, *
and fall like any prince.'"
  Arise, O God, and rule the earth, *
for you shall take all nations for your own.

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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