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The Daily Readings for June 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.

Numbers 22:21-38

So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the officials of Moab. God's anger was kindled because he was going, and the angel of the LORD took his stand in the road as his adversary. Now he was riding on the donkey, and his two servants were with him. The donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road, with a drawn sword in his hand; so the donkey turned off the road, and went into the field; and Balaam struck the donkey, to turn it back onto the road. Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between the vineyards, with a wall on either side. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it scraped against the wall, and scraped Balaam's foot against the wall; so he struck it again. Then the angel of the LORD went ahead, and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it lay down under Balaam; and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and it said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?" Balaam said to the donkey, "Because you have made a fool of me! I wish I had a sword in my hand! I would kill you right now!" But the donkey said to Balaam, "Am I not your donkey, which you have ridden all your life to this day? Have I been in the habit of treating you this way?" And he said, "No." Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road, with his drawn sword in his hand; and he bowed down, falling on his face. The angel of the LORD said to him, "Why have you struck your donkey these three times? I have come out as an adversary, because your way is perverse before me. The donkey saw me, and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let it live." Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned, for I did not know that you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now therefore, if it is displeasing to you, I will return home." The angel of the LORD said to Balaam, "Go with the men; but speak only what I tell you to speak." So Balaam went on with the officials of Balak. When Balak heard that Balaam had come, he went out to meet him at Ir-moab, on the boundary formed by the Arnon, at the farthest point of the boundary. Balak said to Balaam, "Did I not send to summon you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you?" Balaam said to Balak, "I have come to you now, but do I have power to say just anything? The word God puts in my mouth, that is what I must say."

Romans 7:1-12

Do you not know, brothers and sisters-- for I am speaking to those who know the law-- that the law is binding on a person only during that person's lifetime? Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress. In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit. What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet." But sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.

Matthew 21:23-32

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things. "What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' He answered, 'I will not' but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, 'I go, sir' but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 120 Ad Dominum

  When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD; *
I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
  Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips *
and from the deceitful tongue.
  What shall be done to you, and what more besides, *
O you deceitful tongue?
  The sharpened arrows of a warrior, *
along with hot glowing coals.
  How hateful it is that I must lodge in Meshech *
and dwell among the tents of Kedar!
  Too long have I had to live *
among the enemies of peace.
  I am on the side of peace, *
but when I speak of it, they are for war.

Psalm 121 Levavi oculos

  I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
from where is my help to come?
  My help comes from the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
  He will not let your foot be moved *
and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
  Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
shall neither slumber nor sleep;
  The LORD himself watches over you; *
the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
  So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
nor the moon by night.
  The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
it is he who shall keep you safe.
  The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 122 Lætatus sum

  I was glad when they said to me, *
"Let us go to the house of the LORD."
  Now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
  Jerusalem is built as a city *
that is at unity with itself;
  To which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, *
the assembly of Israel, to praise the Name of the LORD.
  For there are the thrones of judgment, *
the thrones of the house of David.
  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
"May they prosper who love you.
  Peace be within your walls *
and quietness within your towers.
  For my brethren and companions' sake, *
I pray for your prosperity.
  Because of the house of the LORD our God, *
I will seek to do you good."

Psalm 123 Ad te levavi oculos meos

  To you I lift up my eyes, *
to you enthroned in the heavens.
  As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, *
and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
  So our eyes look to the LORD our God, *
until he show us his mercy.
  Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy, *
for we have had more than enough of contempt,
  Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, *
and of the derision of the proud.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 124 Nisi quia Dominus

  If the LORD had not been on our side, *
let Israel now say;
  If the LORD had not been on our side, *
when enemies rose up against us;
  Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
in their fierce anger toward us;
  Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
and the torrent gone over us;
  Then would the raging waters *
have gone right over us.
  Blessed be the LORD! *
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
  We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
  Our help is in the Name of the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 125 Qui confidunt

  Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, *
which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
  The hills stand about Jerusalem; *
so does the LORD stand round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
  The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the just, *
so that the just shall not put their hands to evil.
  Show your goodness, O LORD, to those who are good *
and to those who are true of heart.
  As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the LORD will lead them away with the evildoers; *
but peace be upon Israel.

Psalm 126 In convertendo

  When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream.
  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
  Then they said among the nations, *
"The LORD has done great things for them."
  The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed.
  Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev.
  Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy.
  Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

Psalm 127 Nisi Dominus

  Unless the LORD builds the house, *
their labor is in vain who build it.
  Unless the LORD watches over the city, *
in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
  It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep.
  Children are a heritage from the LORD, *
and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
are the children of one's youth.
  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
he shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

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