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The Daily Readings for July 3, 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 22:41-23:12

On the next day Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal; and from there he could see part of the people of Israel. Then Balaam said to Balak, "Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams for me." Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stay here beside your burnt offerings while I go aside. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me. Whatever he shows me I will tell you." And he went to a bare height. Then God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, "I have arranged the seven altars, and have offered a bull and a ram on each altar." The LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and this is what you must say." So he returned to Balak, who was standing beside his burnt offerings with all the officials of Moab. Then Balaam uttered his oracle, saying: "Balak has brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me; Come, denounce Israel!' How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced? For from the top of the crags I see him, from the hills I behold him; Here is a people living alone, and not reckoning itself among the nations! Who can count the dust of Jacob, or number the dust-cloud of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!" Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but now you have done nothing but bless them." He answered, "Must I not take care to say what the LORD puts into my mouth?"

Romans 7:13-25

Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

Matthew 21:33-46

"Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.' So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Qoph Clamavi in toto corde meo
145   I call with my whole heart; *
answer me, O LORD, that I may keep your statutes.
146   I call to you; oh, that you would save me! *
I will keep your decrees.
147   Early in the morning I cry out to you, *
for in your word is my trust.
148   My eyes are open in the night watches, *
that I may meditate upon your promise.
149   Hear my voice, O LORD, according to your loving-kindness; *
according to your judgments, give me life.
150   They draw near who in malice persecute me; *
they are very far from your law.
151   You, O LORD, are near at hand, *
and all your commandments are true.
152   Long have I known from your decrees *
that you have established them for ever.

Psalm 119: Resh Vide humilitatem
153   Behold my affliction and deliver me, *
for I do not forget your law.
154   Plead my cause and redeem me; *
according to your promise, give me life.
155   Deliverance is far from the wicked, *
for they do not study your statutes.
156   Great is your compassion, O LORD; *
preserve my life, according to your judgments.
157   There are many who persecute and oppress me, *
yet I have not swerved from your decrees.
158   I look with loathing at the faithless, *
for they have not kept your word.
159   See how I love your commandments! *
O LORD, in your mercy, preserve me.
160   The heart of your word is truth; *
all your righteous judgments endure for evermore.

Psalm 119: Shin Principes persecuti sunt
161   Rulers have persecuted me without a cause, *
but my heart stands in awe of your word.
162   I am as glad because of your promise *
as one who finds great spoils.
163   As for lies, I hate and abhor them, *
but your law is my love.
164   Seven times a day do I praise you, *
because of your righteous judgments.
165   Great peace have they who love your law; *
for them there is no stumbling block.
166   I have hoped for your salvation, O LORD, *
and have fulfilled your commandments.
167   I have kept your decrees *
and I have loved them deeply.
168   I have kept your commandments and decrees, *
for all my ways are before you.

Psalm 119: Taw Appropinquet deprecatio
169   Let my cry come before you, O LORD; *
give me understanding, according to your word.
170   Let my supplication come before you; *
deliver me, according to your promise.
171   My lips shall pour forth your praise, *
when you teach me your statutes.
172   My tongue shall sing of your promise, *
for all your commandments are righteous.
173   Let your hand be ready to help me, *
for I have chosen your commandments.
174   I long for your salvation, O LORD, *
and your law is my delight.
175   Let me live, and I will praise you, *
and let your judgments help me.
176   I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; *
search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 128 Beati omnes

  Happy are they all who fear the LORD, *
and who follow in his ways!
  You shall eat the fruit of your labor; *
happiness and prosperity shall be yours.
  Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, *
your children like olive shoots round about your table.
  The man who fears the LORD *
shall thus indeed be blessed.
  The LORD bless you from Zion, *
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
  May you live to see your children's children; *
may peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt

  Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, *
let Israel now say;
  Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth", *
but they have not prevailed against me."
  The plowmen plowed upon my back *
and made their furrows long.
  The LORD, the Righteous One, *
has cut the cords of the wicked.
  Let them be put to shame and thrown back, *
all those who are enemies of Zion.
  Let them be like grass upon the housetops, *
which withers before it can be plucked;
  Which does not fill the hand of the reaper, *
nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves;
  So that those who go by say not so much as, "The LORD prosper you. *
We wish you well in the Name of the LORD."

Psalm 130 De profundis

  Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
  If you, LORD, were to note what is done amiss, *
O LORD, who could stand?
  For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.
  I wait for the LORD; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.
  My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.
  O Israel, wait for the LORD, *
for with the LORD there is mercy;
  With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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