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The Daily Readings for June 26, 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 16:36-50

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to take the censers out of the blaze; then scatter the fire far and wide. For the censers of these sinners have become holy at the cost of their lives. Make them into hammered plates as a covering for the altar, for they presented them before the LORD and they became holy. Thus they shall be a sign to the Israelites. So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers that had been presented by those who were burned; and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar-- a reminder to the Israelites that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, shall approach to offer incense before the LORD, so as not to become like Korah and his company-- just as the LORD had said to him through Moses. On the next day, however, the whole congregation of the Israelites rebelled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, "You have killed the people of the LORD." And when the congregation had assembled against them, Moses and Aaron turned toward the tent of meeting; the cloud had covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared. Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Get away from this congregation, so that I may consume them in a moment." And they fell on their faces. Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, put fire on it from the altar and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them. For wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun." So Aaron took it as Moses had ordered, and ran into the middle of the assembly, where the plague had already begun among the people. He put on the incense, and made atonement for the people. He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stopped. Those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those who died in the affair of Korah. When the plague was stopped, Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

Romans 4:13-25

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations")-- in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Matthew 20:1-16

"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.' When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 101 Misericordiam et judicium

  I will sing of mercy and justice; *
to you, O LORD, will I sing praises.
  I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? *
I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.
  I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; *
I hate the doers of evil deeds; they shall not remain with me.
  A crooked heart shall be far from me; *
I will not know evil.
  Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; *
those who have a haughty look and a proud heart I cannot abide.
  My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, *
and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants.
  Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, *
and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight.
  I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, *
that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 109 Deus, laudem

  Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; *
for the mouth of the wicked, the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
  They speak to me with a lying tongue; *
they encompass me with hateful words and fight against me without a cause.
  Despite my love, they accuse me; *
but as for me, I pray for them.
  They repay evil for good, *
and hatred for my love.
  Set a wicked man against him, *
and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
  When he is judged, let him be found guilty, *
and let his appeal be in vain.
  Let his days be few, *
and let another take his office.
  Let his children be fatherless, *
and his wife become a widow.
  Let his children be waifs and beggars; *
let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
10   Let the creditor seize everything he has; *
let strangers plunder his gains.
11   Let there be no one to show him kindness, *
and none to pity his fatherless children.
12   Let his descendants be destroyed, *
and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
13   Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, *
and his mother's sin not be blotted out;
14   Let their sin be always before the LORD; *
but let him root out their names from the earth;
15   Because he did not remember to show mercy, *
but persecuted the poor and needy and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
16   He loved cursing, let it come upon him; *
he took no delight in blessing, let it depart from him.
17   He put on cursing like a garment, *
let it soak into his body like water and into his bones like oil;
18   Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, *
and like the belt that he wears continually.
19   Let this be the recompense from the LORD to my accusers, *
and to those who speak evil against me.
20   But you, O Lord my God, oh, deal with me according to your Name; *
for your tender mercy's sake, deliver me.
21   For I am poor and needy, *
and my heart is wounded within me.
22   I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; *
I am shaken off like a locust.
23   My knees are weak through fasting, *
and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
24   I have become a reproach to them; *
they see and shake their heads.
25   Help me, O LORD my God; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
26   Let them know that this is your hand, *
that you, O LORD, have done it.
27   They may curse, but you will bless; *
let those who rise up against me be put to shame, and your servant will rejoice.
28   Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace *
and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
29   I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth; *
in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
30   Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, *
to save his life from those who would condemn him.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 119: Ayin Feci judicium
121   I have done what is just and right; *
do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122   Be surety for your servant's good; *
let not the proud oppress me.
123   My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation *
and for your righteous promise.
124   Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness *
and teach me your statutes.
125   I am your servant; grant me understanding, *
that I may know your decrees.
126   It is time for you to act, O LORD, *
for they have broken your law.
127   Truly, I love your commandments *
more than gold and precious stones.
128   I hold all your commandments to be right for me; *
all paths of falsehood I abhor.

Psalm 119: Pe Mirabilia
129   Your decrees are wonderful; *
therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130   When your word goes forth it gives light; *
it gives understanding to the simple.
131   I open my mouth and pant; *
I long for your commandments.
132   Turn to me in mercy, *
as you always do to those who love your Name.
133   Steady my footsteps in your word; *
let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134   Rescue me from those who oppress me, *
and I will keep your commandments.
135   Let your countenance shine upon your servant *
and teach me your statutes.
136   My eyes shed streams of tears, *
because people do not keep your law.

Psalm 119: Sadhe Justus es, Domine
137   You are righteous, O LORD, *
and upright are your judgments.
138   You have issued your decrees *
with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139   My indignation has consumed me, *
because my enemies forget your words.
140   Your word has been tested to the uttermost, *
and your servant holds it dear.
141   I am small and of little account, *
yet I do not forget your commandments.
142   Your justice is an everlasting justice *
and your law is the truth.
143   Trouble and distress have come upon me, *
yet your commandments are my delight.
144   The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; *
grant me understanding, that I may live.

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