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The Daily Readings for July 31, 2022

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.

Judges 7:1-18

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the troops that were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was north of them, below the hill of Moreh, in the valley. The LORD said to Gideon, "The troops with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand. Israel would only take the credit away from me, saying, 'My own hand has delivered me.' Now therefore proclaim this in the hearing of the troops, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home.'" Thus Gideon sifted them out; twenty-two thousand returned, and ten thousand remained. Then the LORD said to Gideon, "The troops are still too many; take them down to the water and I will sift them out for you there. When I say, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go with you; and when I say, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go." So he brought the troops down to the water; and the LORD said to Gideon, "All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, you shall put to one side; all those who kneel down to drink, putting their hands to their mouths, you shall put to the other side." The number of those that lapped was three hundred; but all the rest of the troops knelt down to drink water. Then the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred that lapped I will deliver you, and give the Midianites into your hand. Let all the others go to their homes." So he took the jars of the troops from their hands, and their trumpets; and he sent all the rest of Israel back to their own tents, but retained the three hundred. The camp of Midian was below him in the valley. That same night the LORD said to him, "Get up, attack the camp; for I have given it into your hand. But if you fear to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah; and you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to attack the camp." Then he went down with his servant Purah to the outposts of the armed men that were in the camp. The Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the east lay along the valley as thick as locusts; and their camels were without number, countless as the sand on the seashore. When Gideon arrived, there was a man telling a dream to his comrade; and he said, "I had a dream, and in it a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and struck it so that it fell; it turned upside down, and the tent collapsed." And his comrade answered, "This is no other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel; into his hand God has given Midian and all the army." When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped; and he returned to the camp of Israel, and said, "Get up; for the LORD has given the army of Midian into your hand." After he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and put trumpets into the hands of all of them, and empty jars, with torches inside the jars, he said to them, "Look at me, and do the same; when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets around the whole camp, and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon!'"

Acts 3:1-11

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us." And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk." And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's Portico, utterly astonished.

John 1:19-28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, "I am not the Messiah." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,'" as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, "Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal." This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 78: Part I Attendite, popule

  Hear my teaching, O my people; *
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
  I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.
  That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, *
we will not hide from their children.
  We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, *
and the wonderful works he has done.
  He gave his decrees to Jacob and established a law for Israel, *
which he commanded them to teach their children;
  That the generations to come might know, and the children yet unborn; *
that they in their turn might tell it to their children;
  So that they might put their trust in God, *
and not forget the deeds of God, but keep his commandments;
  And not be like their forefathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, *
a generation whose heart was not steadfast, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
  The people of Ephraim, armed with the bow, *
turned back in the day of battle;
10   They did not keep the covenant of God, *
and refused to walk in his law;
11   They forgot what he had done, *
and the wonders he had shown them.
12   He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13   He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
he made the waters stand up like walls.
14   He led them with a cloud by day, *
and all the night through with a glow of fire.
15   He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink as from the great deep.
16   He brought streams out of the cliff, *
and the waters gushed out like rivers.
17   But they went on sinning against him, *
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
18   They tested God in their hearts, *
demanding food for their craving.
19   They railed against God and said, *
"Can God set a table in the wilderness?
20   True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed; *
but is he able to give bread or to provide meat for his people?"
21   When the LORD heard this, he was full of wrath; *
a fire was kindled against Jacob, and his anger mounted against Israel;
22   For they had no faith in God, *
nor did they put their trust in his saving power.
23   So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.
24   He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.
25   So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.
26   He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens *
and led out the south wind by his might.
27   He rained down flesh upon them like dust *
and wingéd birds like the sand of the sea.
28   He let it fall in the midst of their camp *
and round about their dwellings.
29   So they ate and were well filled, *
for he gave them what they craved.
30   But they did not stop their craving, *
though the food was still in their mouths.
31   So God's anger mounted against them; *
he slew their strongest men and laid low the youth of Israel.
32   In spite of all this, they went on sinning *
and had no faith in his wonderful works.
33   So he brought their days to an end like a breath *
and their years in sudden terror.
34   Whenever he slew them, they would seek him, *
and repent, and diligently search for God.
35   They would remember that God was their rock, *
and the Most High God their redeemer.
36   But they flattered him with their mouths *
and lied to him with their tongues.
37   Their heart was not steadfast toward him, *
and they were not faithful to his covenant.
38   But he was so merciful that he forgave their sins and did not destroy them; *
many times he held back his anger and did not permit his wrath to be roused.
39   For he remembered that they were but flesh, *
a breath that goes forth and does not return.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 78: Part II Quoties exacerbaverunt
40   How often the people disobeyed him in the wilderness *
and offended him in the desert!
41   Again and again they tempted God *
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42   They did not remember his power *
in the day when he ransomed them from the enemy;
43   How he wrought his signs in Egypt *
and his omens in the field of Zoan.
44   He turned their rivers into blood, *
so that they could not drink of their streams.
45   He sent swarms of flies among them, which ate them up, *
and frogs, which destroyed them.
46   He gave their crops to the caterpillar, *
the fruit of their toil to the locust.
47   He killed their vines with hail *
and their sycamores with frost.
48   He delivered their cattle to hailstones *
and their livestock to hot thunderbolts.
49   He poured out upon them his blazing anger: *
fury, indignation, and distress, a troop of destroying angels.
50   He gave full rein to his anger; he did not spare their souls from death; *
but delivered their lives to the plague.
51   He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt, *
the flower of manhood in the dwellings of Ham.
52   He led out his people like sheep *
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53   He led them to safety, and they were not afraid; *
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54   He brought them to his holy land, *
the mountain his right hand had won.
55   He drove out the Canaanites before them and apportioned an inheritance to them by lot; *
he made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56   But they tested the Most High God, and defied him, *
and did not keep his commandments.
57   They turned away and were disloyal like their fathers; *
they were undependable like a warped bow.
58   They grieved him with their hill-altars *
they provoked his displeasure with their idols.
59   When God heard this, he was angry *
and utterly rejected Israel.
60   He forsook the shrine at Shiloh, *
the tabernacle where he had lived among his people.
61   He delivered the ark into captivity, *
his glory into the adversary's hand.
62   He gave his people to the sword *
and was angered against his inheritance.
63   The fire consumed their young men; *
there were no wedding songs for their maidens.
64   Their priests fell by the sword, *
and their widows made no lamentation.
65   Then the LORD woke as though from sleep, *
like a warrior refreshed with wine.
66   He struck his enemies on the backside *
and put them to perpetual shame.
67   He rejected the tent of Joseph *
and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68   He chose instead the tribe of Judah *
and Mount Zion, which he loved.
69   He built his sanctuary like the heights of heaven, *
like the earth which he founded for ever.
70   He chose David his servant, *
and took him away from the sheepfolds.
71   He brought him from following the ewes, *
to be a shepherd over Jacob his people and over Israel his inheritance.
72   So he shepherded them with a faithful and true heart *
and guided them with the skillfulness of his hands.

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