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The Daily Readings for September 3, 2018

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.

Job 12:1-6, 12:13-25

Then Job answered: "No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you. But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these? I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called upon God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, I am a laughingstock. Those at ease have contempt for misfortune, but it is ready for those whose feet are unstable. The tents of robbers are at peace, and those who provoke God are secure, who bring their god in their hands. "With God are wisdom and strength; he has counsel and understanding. If he tears down, no one can rebuild; if he shuts someone in, no one can open up. If he withholds the waters, they dry up; if he sends them out, they overwhelm the land. With him are strength and wisdom; the deceived and the deceiver are his. He leads counselors away stripped, and makes fools of judges. He looses the sash of kings, and binds a waistcloth on their loins. He leads priests away stripped, and overthrows the mighty. He deprives of speech those who are trusted, and takes away the discernment of the elders. He pours contempt on princes, and looses the belt of the strong. He uncovers the deeps out of darkness, and brings deep darkness to light. He makes nations great, then destroys them; he enlarges nations, then leads them away. He strips understanding from the leaders of the earth, and makes them wander in a pathless waste. They grope in the dark without light; he makes them stagger like a drunkard.

Acts 11:19-30

Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews. But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called "Christians." At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

John 8:21-32

Again he said to them, "I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come." Then the Jews said, "Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?" He said to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he." They said to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Why do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him." They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him." As he was saying these things, many believed in him. Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 25 Ad te, Domine, levavi

  To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; *
let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
  Let none who look to you be put to shame; *
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
  Show me your ways, O LORD, *
and teach me your paths.
  Lead me in your truth and teach me, *
for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.
  Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love, *
for they are from everlasting.
  Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; *
remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.
  Gracious and upright is the LORD; *
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
  He guides the humble in doing right *
and teaches his way to the lowly.
  All the paths of the LORD are love and faithfulness *
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
10   For your Name's sake, O LORD, *
forgive my sin, for it is great.
11   Who are they who fear the LORD? *
he will teach them the way that they should choose.
12   They shall dwell in prosperity, *
and their offspring shall inherit the land.
13   The LORD is a friend to those who fear him *
and will show them his covenant.
14   My eyes are ever looking to the LORD, *
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
15   Turn to me and have pity on me, *
for I am left alone and in misery.
16   The sorrows of my heart have increased; *
bring me out of my troubles.
17   Look upon my adversity and misery *
and forgive me all my sin.
18   Look upon my enemies, for they are many, *
and they bear a violent hatred against me.
19   Protect my life and deliver me; *
let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you.
20   Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, *
for my hope has been in you.
21   Deliver Israel, O God, *
out of all his troubles.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 9 Confitebor tibi

  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
I will tell of all your marvelous works.
  I will be glad and rejoice in you; *
I will sing to your Name, O Most High.
  When my enemies are driven back, *
they will stumble and perish at your presence.
  For you have maintained my right and my cause; *
you sit upon your throne judging right.
  You have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; *
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
  As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, *
their cities plowed under, the memory of them perished;
  But the LORD is enthroned for ever; *
he has set up this throne for judgment.
  It is he who rules the world with righteousness; *
he judges the peoples with equity.
  The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.
10   Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O LORD.
11   Sing praise to the LORD who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12   The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13   Have pity on me, O LORD; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death;
14   So that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.
15   The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.
16   The LORD is known by his acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.
17   The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
and also all the people that forget God.
18   For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.
19   Rise up, O LORD, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.
20   Put fear upon them, O LORD; *
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

Psalm 15 Domine, quis habitabit?

  LORD, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
who may abide upon your holy hill?
  Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, *
who speaks the truth from his heart.
  There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; *
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.
  In his sight the wicked is rejected, *
but he honors those who fear the LORD.
  He has sworn to do no wrong *
and does not take back his word.
  He does not give his money in hope of gain, *
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
  Whoever does these things *
shall never be overthrown.

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