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The Daily Readings for December 3, 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.

Amos 3:1-11

Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt: You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Do two walk together unless they have made an appointment? Does a lion roar in the forest, when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den, if it has caught nothing? Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when it has taken nothing? Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster befall a city, unless the LORD has done it? Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy? Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod, and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt, and say, "Assemble yourselves on Mount Samaria, and see what great tumults are within it, and what oppressions are in its midst." They do not know how to do right, says the LORD, those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: An adversary shall surround the land, and strip you of your defense; and your strongholds shall be plundered.

2 Peter 1:12-21

Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, since I know that my death will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Matthew 21:12-22

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer' but you are making it a den of robbers." The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became angry and said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself'?" He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" Jesus answered them, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 5 Verba mea auribus

  Give ear to my words, O LORD; *
consider my meditation.
  Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God, *
for I make my prayer to you.
  In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; *
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.
  For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, *
and evil cannot dwell with you.
  Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; *
you hate all those who work wickedness.
  You destroy those who speak lies; *
the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O LORD, you abhor.
  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; *
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness, because of those who lie in wait for me; *
make your way straight before me.
  For there is no truth in their mouth; *
there is destruction in their heart;
10   Their throat is an open grave; *
they flatter with their tongue.
11   Declare them guilty, O God; *
let them fall, because of their schemes.
12   Because of their many transgressions cast them out, *
for they have rebelled against you.
13   But all who take refuge in you will be glad; *
they will sing out their joy for ever.
14   You will shelter them, *
so that those who love your Name may exult in you.
15   For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; *
you will defend them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 6 Domine, ne in furore

  LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; *
do not punish me in your wrath.
  Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; *
heal me, LORD, for my bones are racked.
  My spirit shakes with terror; *
how long, O LORD, how long?
  Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; *
save me for your mercy's sake.
  For in death no one remembers you; *
and who will give you thanks in the grave?
  I grow weary because of my groaning; *
every night I drench my bed and flood my couch with tears.
  My eyes are wasted with grief *
and worn away because of all my enemies.
  Depart from me, all evildoers, *
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
  The LORD has heard my supplication; *
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10   All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; *
they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 10 Ut quid, Domine?

  Why do you stand so far off, O LORD, *
and hide yourself in time of trouble?
  The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, *
but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
  The wicked boast of their heart's desire; *
the covetous curse and revile the LORD.
  The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; *
their only thought is, "God does not matter."
  Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; *
they defy all their enemies.
  They say in their heart, "I shall not be shaken; *
no harm shall happen to me ever."
  Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; *
under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
  They lurk in ambush in public squares and in secret places they murder the innocent; *
they spy out the helpless.
  They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; *
they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
10   The innocent are broken and humbled before them; *
the helpless fall before their power.
11   They say in their heart, "God has forgotten; *
he hides his face; he will never notice."
12   Rise up, O LORD; lift up your hand, O God; *
do not forget the afflicted.
13   Why should the wicked revile God? *
why should they say in their heart, "You do not care"?
14   Surely, you behold trouble and misery; *
you see it and take it into your own hand.
15   The helpless commit themselves to you, *
for you are the helper of orphans.
16   Break the power of the wicked and evil; *
search out their wickedness until you find none.
17   The LORD is King for ever and ever; *
the ungodly shall perish from his land.
18   The LORD will hear the desire of the humble; *
you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
19   To give justice to the orphan and oppressed, *
so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

Psalm 11 In Domino confido

  In the LORD have I taken refuge; *
how then can you say to me, "Fly away like a bird to the hilltop;
  For see how the wicked bend the bow and fit their arrows to the string, *
to shoot from ambush at the true of heart.
  When the foundations are being destroyed, *
what can the righteous do?"
  The LORD is in his holy temple; *
the LORD'S throne is in heaven.
  His eyes behold the inhabited world; *
his piercing eye weighs our worth.
  The LORD weighs the righteous as well as the wicked, *
but those who delight in violence he abhors.
  Upon the wicked he shall rain coals of fire and burning sulphur; *
a scorching wind shall be their lot.
  For the LORD is righteous; he delights in righteous deeds; *
and the just shall see his face.

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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