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The Daily Readings for April 30, 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.

Daniel 2:1-16

In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed such dreams that his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. So the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, "I have had such a dream that my spirit is troubled by the desire to understand it." The Chaldeans said to the king (in Aramaic), "O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will reveal the interpretation." The king answered the Chaldeans, "This is a public decree: if you do not tell me both the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. But if you do tell me the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation." They answered a second time, "Let the king first tell his servants the dream, then we can give its interpretation." The king answered, "I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see I have firmly decreed: if you do not tell me the dream, there is but one verdict for you. You have agreed to speak lying and misleading words to me until things take a turn. Therefore, tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation." The Chaldeans answered the king, "There is no one on earth who can reveal what the king demands! In fact no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean. The thing that the king is asking is too difficult, and no one can reveal it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals." Because of this the king flew into a violent rage and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. The decree was issued, and the wise men were about to be executed; and they looked for Daniel and his companions, to execute them. Then Daniel responded with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the king's chief executioner, who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon; he asked Arioch, the royal official, "Why is the decree of the king so urgent?" Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. So Daniel went in and requested that the king give him time and he would tell the king the interpretation.

1 John 2:1-11

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his commandments. Whoever says, "I have come to know him," but does not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, "I abide in him," ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, "I am in the light," while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.

John 17:12-19

While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

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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