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The Daily Readings for August 31, 2018

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.

Job 9:1-15, 9:32-35

Then Job answered: "Indeed I know that this is so; but how can a mortal be just before God? If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand. He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength-- who has resisted him, and succeeded?-- he who removes mountains, and they do not know it, when he overturns them in his anger; who shakes the earth out of its place, and its pillars tremble; who commands the sun, and it does not rise; who seals up the stars; who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the Sea; who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; who does great things beyond understanding, and marvelous things without number. Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him; he moves on, but I do not perceive him. He snatches away; who can stop him? Who will say to him, 'What are you doing?' "God will not turn back his anger; the helpers of Rahab bowed beneath him. How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him? Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. There is no umpire between us, who might lay his hand on us both. If he would take his rod away from me, and not let dread of him terrify me, then I would speak without fear of him, for I know I am not what I am thought to be.

Acts 10:34-48

Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ-- he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.

John 7:37-52

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, "This is really the prophet." Others said, "This is the Messiah." But some asked, "Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?" So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why did you not arrest him?" The police answered, "Never has anyone spoken like this!" Then the Pharisees replied, "Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law-- they are accursed." Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, "Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?" They replied, "Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 16 Conserva me, Domine

  Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, my good above all other."
  All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.
  But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
  Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
  O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
  My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
  I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
  I have set the LORD always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
  My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10   For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11   You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17 Exaudi, Domine

  Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD; give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.
  Let my vindication come forth from your presence; *
let your eyes be fixed on justice.
  Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.
  I give no offense with my mouth as others do; *
I have heeded the words of your lips.
  My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; *
in your paths my feet shall not stumble.
  I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; *
incline your ear to me and hear my words.
  Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, *
O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them.
  Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
hide me under the shadow of your wings,
  From the wicked who assault me, *
from my deadly enemies who surround me.
10   They have closed their heart to pity, *
and their mouth speaks proud things.
11   They press me hard, now they surround me, *
watching how they may cast me to the ground,
12   Like a lion, greedy for its prey, *
and like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13   Arise, O LORD; confront them and bring them down; *
deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
14   Deliver me, O LORD, by your hand *
from those whose portion in life is this world;
15   Whose bellies you fill with your treasure, *
who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones.
16   But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 22 Deus, Deus meu

  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
  Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
  Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
  They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
  But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
  All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
  He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.
  Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10   I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11   Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
12   Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
13   They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
14   I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
15   My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
16   Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
17   They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
18   Be not far away, O LORD; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
19   Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
20   Save me from the lion's mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
21   I will declare your Name to my brethren; *
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.
22   Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *
stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory.
23   For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; *
but when they cry to him he hears them.
24   My praise is of him in the great assembly; *
I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him.
25   The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: *
"May your heart live for ever!"
26   All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, *
and all the families of the nations bow before him.
27   For kingship belongs to the LORD; *
he rules over the nations.
28   To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; *
all who go down to the dust fall before him.
29   My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; *
they shall be known as the LORD'S for ever.
30   They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn *
the saving deeds that he has done.

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