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The Daily Readings for December 3, 2014

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.

Isaiah 2:1-11

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! For you have forsaken the ways of your people, O house of Jacob. Indeed they are full of diviners from the east and of soothsayers like the Philistines, and they clasp hands with foreigners. Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. And so people are humbled, and everyone is brought low-- do not forgive them! Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust from the terror of the LORD, and from the glory of his majesty. The haughty eyes of people shall be brought low, and the pride of everyone shall be humbled; and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God's word, which is also at work in you believers. For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you suffered the same things from your own compatriots as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out; they displease God and oppose everyone by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they have constantly been filling up the measure of their sins; but God's wrath has overtaken them at last. As for us, brothers and sisters, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you-- in person, not in heart-- we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face. For we wanted to come to you-- certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and again-- but Satan blocked our way. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? Yes, you are our glory and joy!

Luke 20:19-26

When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people. So they watched him and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor. So they asked him, "Teacher, we know that you are right in what you say and teach, and you show deference to no one, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?" They said, "The emperor's." He said to them, "Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were not able in the presence of the people to trap him by what he said; and being amazed by his answer, they became silent.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Aleph Beati immaculati

  Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
who walk in the law of the LORD!
  Happy are they who observe his decrees *
and seek him with all their hearts!
  Who never do any wrong, *
but always walk in his ways.
  You laid down your commandments, *
that we should fully keep them.
  Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
that I might keep your statutes!
  Then I should not be put to shame, *
when I regard all your commandments.
  I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
when I have learned your righteous judgments.
  I will keep your statutes; *
do not utterly forsake me.

Psalm 119: Beth In quo corrigit?
  How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
By keeping to your words.
10   With my whole heart I seek you; *
let me not stray from your commandments.
11   I treasure your promise in my heart, *
that I may not sin against you.
12   Blessed are you, O LORD; *
instruct me in your statutes.
13   With my lips will I recite *
all the judgments of your mouth.
14   I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
than in all manner of riches.
15   I will meditate on your commandments *
and give attention to your ways.
16   My delight is in your statutes; *
I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119: Gimel Retribue servo tuo
17   Deal bountifully with your servant, *
that I may live and keep your word.
18   Open my eyes, that I may see *
the wonders of your law.
19   I am a stranger here on earth; *
do not hide your commandments from me.
20   My soul is consumed at all times *
with longing for your judgments.
21   You have rebuked the insolent; *
cursed are they who stray from your commandments!
22   Turn from me shame and rebuke, *
for I have kept your decrees.
23   Even though rulers sit and plot against me, *
I will meditate on your statutes.
24   For your decrees are my delight, *
and they are my counselors.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 12 Salvum me fac

  Help me, LORD, for there is no godly one left; *
the faithful have vanished from among us.
  Everyone speaks falsely with his neighbor; *
with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
  Oh, that the LORD would cut off all smooth tongues, *
and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
  Those who say, "With our tongue will we prevail; *
our lips are our own; who is lord over us?"
  Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, *
I will rise up, says the LORD, and give them the help they long for.
  The words of the LORD are pure words, *
like silver refined from ore and purified seven times in the fire.
  O LORD, watch over us *
and save us from this generation for ever.
  The wicked prowl on every side, *
and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.

Psalm 13 Usquequo, Domine?

  How long, O LORD? will you forget me for ever? *
how long will you hide your face from me?
  How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, and grief in my heart, day after day? *
how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
  Look upon me and answer me, O LORD my God; *
give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
  Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him, " *
and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
  But I put my trust in your mercy; *
my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
  I will sing to the LORD, for he has dealt with me richly; *
I will praise the Name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 14 Dixit insipiens

  The fool has said in his heart, There is no God." *
All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good.
  The LORD looks down from heaven upon us all, *
to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God.
  Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; *
there is none who does good; no, not one.
  Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers *
who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon the LORD?
  See how they tremble with fear, *
because God is in the company of the righteous.
  Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, *
but the LORD is their refuge.
  Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come out of Zion! *
when the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

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