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The Daily Readings for November 27, 2019

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.

Joel 3:1-17

For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations. They have divided my land, and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down. What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily. For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border. But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads. I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away; for the LORD has spoken. Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare war, stir up the warriors. Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weakling say, "I am a warrior." Come quickly, all you nations all around, gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD. Let the nations rouse themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the neighboring nations. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the wine press is full. The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shake. But the LORD is a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. So you shall know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it.

1 Peter 1:1-12

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood: May grace and peace be yours in abundance. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith-- being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire-- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-- things into which angels long to look!

Matthew 19:1-12

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he cured them there. Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?" He answered, "Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate." They said to him, "Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?" He said to them, "It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery." His disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." But he said to them, "Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 106: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD *
or show forth all his praise?
  Happy are those who act with justice *
and always do what is right!
  Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, *
and visit me with your saving help;
  That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
that I may glory with your inheritance.
  We have sinned as our forebears did; *
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
  In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works, nor remember the abundance of your love; *
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
  But he saved them for his Name's sake, *
to make his power known.
  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up, *
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10   He saved them from the hand of those who hated them *
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11   The waters covered their oppressors; *
not one of them was left.
12   Then they believed his words *
and sang him songs of praise.
13   But they soon forgot his deeds *
and did not wait for his counsel.
14   A craving seized them in the wilderness, *
and they put God to the test in the desert.
15   He gave them what they asked, *
but sent leanness into their soul.
16   They envied Moses in the camp, *
and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD.
17   The earth opened and swallowed Dathan *
and covered the company of Abiram.
18   Fire blazed up against their company, *
and flames devoured the wicked.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 106: Part II Et fecerunt vitulum
19   Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
and worshiped a molten image;
20   And so they exchanged their Glory *
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.
21   They forgot God their Savior, *
who had done great things in Egypt,
22   Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
and fearful things at the Red Sea.
23   So he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *
to turn away his wrath from consuming them.
24   They refused the pleasant land *
and would not believe his promise.
25   They grumbled in their tents *
and would not listen to the voice of the LORD.
26   So he lifted his hand against them, *
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27   To cast out their seed among the nations, *
and to scatter them throughout the lands.
28   They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29   They provoked him to anger with their actions, *
and a plague broke out among them.
30   Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, *
and the plague came to an end.
31   This was reckoned to him as righteousness *
throughout all generations for ever.
32   Again they provoked his anger at the waters of Meribah, *
so that he punished Moses because of them;
33   For they so embittered his spirit *
that he spoke rash words with his lips.
34   They did not destroy the peoples *
as the LORD had commanded them.
35   They intermingled with the heathen *
and learned their pagan ways,
36   So that they worshiped their idols, *
which became a snare to them.
37   They sacrificed their sons *
and their daughters to evil spirits.
38   They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, *
which they offered to the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood.
39   Thus they were polluted by their actions *
and went whoring in their evil deeds.
40   Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against his people *
and he abhorred his inheritance.
41   He gave them over to the hand of the heathen, *
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42   Their enemies oppressed them, *
and they were humbled under their hand.
43   Many a time did he deliver them, but they rebelled through their own devices, *
and were brought down in their iniquity.
44   Nevertheless, he saw their distress, *
when he heard their lamentation.
45   He remembered his covenant with them *
and relented in accordance with his great mercy.
46   He caused them to be pitied *
by those who held them captive.
47   Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, *
that we may give thanks to your holy Name and glory in your praise.
48   Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting; *
and let all the people say, "Amen!" Hallelujah!

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