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The Daily Readings for March 31, 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 5:1-6:1

Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Let my people go, so that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness.'" But Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should heed him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and I will not let Israel go." Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has revealed himself to us; let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness to sacrifice to the LORD our God, or he will fall upon us with pestilence or sword." But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their work? Get to your labors!" Pharaoh continued, "Now they are more numerous than the people of the land and yet you want them to stop working!" That same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people, as well as their supervisors, "You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as before; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But you shall require of them the same quantity of bricks as they have made previously; do not diminish it, for they are lazy; that is why they cry, 'Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.' Let heavier work be laid on them; then they will labor at it and pay no attention to deceptive words." So the taskmasters and the supervisors of the people went out and said to the people, "Thus says Pharaoh, 'I will not give you straw. Go and get straw yourselves, wherever you can find it; but your work will not be lessened in the least.'" So the people scattered throughout the land of Egypt, to gather stubble for straw. The taskmasters were urgent, saying, "Complete your work, the same daily assignment as when you were given straw." And the supervisors of the Israelites, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and were asked, "Why did you not finish the required quantity of bricks yesterday and today, as you did before?" Then the Israelite supervisors came to Pharaoh and cried, "Why do you treat your servants like this? No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, 'Make bricks!' Look how your servants are beaten! You are unjust to your own people." He said, "You are lazy, lazy; that is why you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.' Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks." The Israelite supervisors saw that they were in trouble when they were told, "You shall not lessen your daily number of bricks." As they left Pharaoh, they came upon Moses and Aaron who were waiting to meet them. They said to them, "The LORD look upon you and judge! You have brought us into bad odor with Pharaoh and his officials, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us." Then Moses turned again to the LORD and said, "O LORD, why have you mistreated this people? Why did you ever send me? Since I first came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has mistreated this people, and you have done nothing at all to deliver your people." Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh: Indeed, by a mighty hand he will let them go; by a mighty hand he will drive them out of his land."

1 Corinthians 14:20-40

Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults. In the law it is written, "By people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners I will speak to this people; yet even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord. Tongues, then, are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if all prophesy, an unbeliever or outsider who enters is reproved by all and called to account by all. After the secrets of the unbeliever's heart are disclosed, that person will bow down before God and worship him, declaring, "God is really among you." What should be done then, my friends? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn; and let one interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let them be silent in church and speak to themselves and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to someone else sitting nearby, let the first person be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged. And the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets, for God is a God not of disorder but of peace. (As in all the churches of the saints, women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the law also says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only ones it has reached?) Anyone who claims to be a prophet, or to have spiritual powers, must acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. Anyone who does not recognize this is not to be recognized. So, my friends, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues; but all things should be done decently and in order.

Mark 9:42-50

"If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell., And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. "For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

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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