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The Daily Readings for April 30, 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.

Leviticus 16:1-19

The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the LORD and died. The LORD said to Moses: Tell your brother Aaron not to come just at any time into the sanctuary inside the curtain before the mercy seat that is upon the ark, or he will die; for I appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and shall have the linen undergarments next to his body, fasten the linen sash, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy vestments. He shall bathe his body in water, and then put them on. He shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. He shall take the two goats and set them before the LORD at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron shall cast lots on the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for Azazel. Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the LORD, and offer it as a sin offering; but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the LORD to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel. Aaron shall present the bull as a sin offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house; he shall slaughter the bull as a sin offering for himself. He shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, and two handfuls of crushed sweet incense, and he shall bring it inside the curtain and put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the covenant, or he will die. He shall take some of the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle the blood with his finger seven times. He shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the curtain, and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it upon the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. Thus he shall make atonement for the sanctuary, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel, and because of their transgressions, all their sins; and so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which remains with them in the midst of their uncleannesses. No one shall be in the tent of meeting from the time he enters to make atonement in the sanctuary until he comes out and has made atonement for himself and for his house and for all the assembly of Israel. Then he shall go out to the altar that is before the LORD and make atonement on its behalf, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat, and put it on each of the horns of the altar. He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the people of Israel.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Matthew 6:1-6, 6:16-18

"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. "So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 56 Miserere mei, Deus

  Have mercy on me, O God, for my enemies are hounding me; *
all day long they assault and oppress me.
  They hound me all the day long; *
truly there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
  Whenever I am afraid, *
I will put my trust in you.
  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
for what can flesh do to me?
  All day long they damage my cause; *
their only thought is to do me evil.
  They band together; they lie in wait; *
they spy upon my footsteps; because they seek my life.
  Shall they escape despite their wickedness? *
O God, in your anger, cast down the peoples.
  You have noted my lamentation; put my tears into your bottle; *
are they not recorded in your book?
  Whenever I call upon you, my enemies will be put to flight; *
this I know, for God is on my side.
10   In God the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, *
for what can mortals do to me?
11   I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; *
I will present to you thank-offerings;
12   For you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, *
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Psalm 57 Miserere mei, Deus

  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; *
in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by.
  I will call upon the Most High God, *
the God who maintains my cause.
  He will send from heaven and save me; he will confound those who trample upon me; *
God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.
  I lie in the midst of lions that devour the people; *
their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharp sword.
  They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; *
they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
I will sing and make melody.
  Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; *
I myself will waken the dawn.
  I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; *
I will sing praise to you among the nations.
10   For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
11   Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.

Psalm 58 Si vere utique

  Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *
do you judge the peoples with equity?
  No; you devise evil in your hearts, *
and your hands deal out violence in the land.
  The wicked are perverse from the womb; *
liars go astray from their birth.
  They are as venomous as a serpent, *
they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
  Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *
no matter how skillful his charming.
  O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *
pull the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
  Let them vanish like water that runs off; *
let them wither like trodden grass.
  Let them be like the snail that melts away, *
like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
  Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *
like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
10   The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11   And they will say, "Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *
surely, there is a God who rules in the earth."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 64 Exaudi, Deus

  Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; *
protect my life from fear of the enemy.
  Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, *
from the mob of evildoers.
  They sharpen their tongue like a sword, *
and aim their bitter words like arrows,
  That they may shoot down the blameless from ambush; *
they shoot without warning and are not afraid.
  They hold fast to their evil course; *
they plan how they may hide their snares.
  They say, "Who will see us? who will find out our crimes? *
we have thought out a perfect plot."
  The human mind and heart are a mystery; *
but God will loose an arrow at them, and suddenly they will be wounded.
  He will make them trip over their tongues, *
and all who see them will shake their heads.
  Everyone will stand in awe and declare God's deeds; *
they will recognize his works.
10   The righteous will rejoice in the LORD and put their trust in him, *
and all who are true of heart will glory.

Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus

  You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; *
to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
  To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, *
because of their transgressions.
  Our sins are stronger than we are, *
but you will blot them out.
  Happy are they whom you choose and draw to your courts to dwell there! *
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple.
  Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness, O God of our salvation, *
O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.
  You make fast the mountains by your power; *
they are girded about with might.
  You still the roaring of the seas, *
the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples.
  Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; *
you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
  You visit the earth and water it abundantly; you make it very plenteous; *
the river of God is full of water.
10   You prepare the grain, *
for so you provide for the earth.
11   You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; *
with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase.
12   You crown the year with your goodness, *
and your paths overflow with plenty.
13   May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, *
and the hills be clothed with joy.
14   May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; *
let them shout for joy and sing.

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