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The Daily Readings for April 30, 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.

Exodus 20:1-21

Then God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work-- you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die." Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin." Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

Colossians 1:24-2:7

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil and struggle with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me. For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face. I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'" Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; and he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! for it is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'" Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 37: Part I Noli aemulari

  Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
  For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
  Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
  Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
  Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
  He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
  Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
  Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
  Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10   For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11   In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12   But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13   The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14   The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15   The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16   Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17   The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18   For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 37: Part II Novit Dominus
19   The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20   They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21   As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish; they shall vanish like smoke.
22   The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23   Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24   Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25   If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26   I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken, or their children begging bread.
27   The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
28   Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
29   For the LORD loves justice; *
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30   They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31   The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
32   The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33   The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34   The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
35   The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36   Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; *
he will raise you up to possess the land, and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37   I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38   I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39   Mark those who are honest; observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40   Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41   But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42   The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, because they seek refuge in him.

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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