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The Daily Readings for June 30, 2014

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 22:1-21

The Israelites set out, and camped in the plains of Moab across the Jordan from Jericho. Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were so numerous; Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel. And Moab said to the elders of Midian, "This horde will now lick up all that is around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." Now Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. He sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is on the Euphrates, in the land of Amaw, to summon him, saying, "A people has come out of Egypt; they have spread over the face of the earth, and they have settled next to me. Come now, curse this people for me, since they are stronger than I; perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land; for I know that whomever you bless is blessed, and whomever you curse is cursed." So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fees for divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam, and gave him Balak's message. He said to them, "Stay here tonight, and I will bring back word to you, just as the LORD speaks to me" so the officials of Moab stayed with Balaam. God came to Balaam and said, "Who are these men with you?" Balaam said to God, "King Balak son of Zippor of Moab, has sent me this message: 'A people has come out of Egypt and has spread over the face of the earth; now come, curse them for me; perhaps I shall be able to fight against them and drive them out.'" God said to Balaam, "You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed." So Balaam rose in the morning, and said to the officials of Balak, "Go to your own land, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you." So the officials of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said, "Balaam refuses to come with us." Once again Balak sent officials, more numerous and more distinguished than these. They came to Balaam and said to him, "Thus says Balak son of Zippor: 'Do not let anything hinder you from coming to me; for I will surely do you great honor, and whatever you say to me I will do; come, curse this people for me.'" But Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, "Although Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command of the LORD my God, to do less or more. You remain here, as the others did, so that I may learn what more the LORD may say to me." That night God came to Balaam and said to him, "If the men have come to summon you, get up and go with them; but do only what I tell you to do." So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the officials of Moab.

Romans 6:12-23

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 21:12-22

Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer' but you are making it a den of robbers." The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they became angry and said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself'?" He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there. In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?" Jesus answered them, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' it will be done. Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 106: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
for his mercy endures for ever.
  Who can declare the mighty acts of the LORD *
or show forth all his praise?
  Happy are those who act with justice *
and always do what is right!
  Remember me, O LORD, with the favor you have for your people, *
and visit me with your saving help;
  That I may see the prosperity of your elect and be glad with the gladness of your people, *
that I may glory with your inheritance.
  We have sinned as our forebears did; *
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
  In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works, nor remember the abundance of your love; *
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
  But he saved them for his Name's sake, *
to make his power known.
  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up, *
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10   He saved them from the hand of those who hated them *
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11   The waters covered their oppressors; *
not one of them was left.
12   Then they believed his words *
and sang him songs of praise.
13   But they soon forgot his deeds *
and did not wait for his counsel.
14   A craving seized them in the wilderness, *
and they put God to the test in the desert.
15   He gave them what they asked, *
but sent leanness into their soul.
16   They envied Moses in the camp, *
and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD.
17   The earth opened and swallowed Dathan *
and covered the company of Abiram.
18   Fire blazed up against their company, *
and flames devoured the wicked.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 106: Part II Et fecerunt vitulum
19   Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb *
and worshiped a molten image;
20   And so they exchanged their Glory *
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.
21   They forgot God their Savior, *
who had done great things in Egypt,
22   Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, *
and fearful things at the Red Sea.
23   So he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, *
to turn away his wrath from consuming them.
24   They refused the pleasant land *
and would not believe his promise.
25   They grumbled in their tents *
and would not listen to the voice of the LORD.
26   So he lifted his hand against them, *
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
27   To cast out their seed among the nations, *
and to scatter them throughout the lands.
28   They joined themselves to Baal-Peor *
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
29   They provoked him to anger with their actions, *
and a plague broke out among them.
30   Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, *
and the plague came to an end.
31   This was reckoned to him as righteousness *
throughout all generations for ever.
32   Again they provoked his anger at the waters of Meribah, *
so that he punished Moses because of them;
33   For they so embittered his spirit *
that he spoke rash words with his lips.
34   They did not destroy the peoples *
as the LORD had commanded them.
35   They intermingled with the heathen *
and learned their pagan ways,
36   So that they worshiped their idols, *
which became a snare to them.
37   They sacrificed their sons *
and their daughters to evil spirits.
38   They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, *
which they offered to the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood.
39   Thus they were polluted by their actions *
and went whoring in their evil deeds.
40   Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against his people *
and he abhorred his inheritance.
41   He gave them over to the hand of the heathen, *
and those who hated them ruled over them.
42   Their enemies oppressed them, *
and they were humbled under their hand.
43   Many a time did he deliver them, but they rebelled through their own devices, *
and were brought down in their iniquity.
44   Nevertheless, he saw their distress, *
when he heard their lamentation.
45   He remembered his covenant with them *
and relented in accordance with his great mercy.
46   He caused them to be pitied *
by those who held them captive.
47   Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, *
that we may give thanks to your holy Name and glory in your praise.
48   Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting; *
and let all the people say, "Amen!" Hallelujah!

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