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The Daily Readings for September 4, 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 12:1-1, 13:3-27

Then Job answered: But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to argue my case with God. As for you, you whitewash with lies; all of you are worthless physicians. If you would only keep silent, that would be your wisdom! Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips. Will you speak falsely for God, and speak deceitfully for him? Will you show partiality toward him, will you plead the case for God? Will it be well with you when he searches you out? Or can you deceive him, as one person deceives another? He will surely rebuke you if in secret you show partiality. Will not his majesty terrify you, and the dread of him fall upon you? Your maxims are proverbs of ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay. "Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may. I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand. See, he will kill me; I have no hope; but I will defend my ways to his face. This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before him. Listen carefully to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears. I have indeed prepared my case; I know that I shall be vindicated. Who is there that will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die. Only grant two things to me, then I will not hide myself from your face: withdraw your hand far from me, and do not let dread of you terrify me. Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you reply to me. How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin. Why do you hide your face, and count me as your enemy? Will you frighten a windblown leaf and pursue dry chaff? For you write bitter things against me, and make me reap the iniquities of my youth. You put my feet in the stocks, and watch all my paths; you set a bound to the soles of my feet.

Acts 12:1-17

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.) When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, "Fasten your belt and put on your sandals." He did so. Then he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me." Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel's help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting." As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. When he knocked at the outer gate, a maid named Rhoda came to answer. On recognizing Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the gate, she ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel." Meanwhile Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the gate, they saw him and were amazed. He motioned to them with his hand to be silent, and described for them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he added, "Tell this to James and to the believers." Then he left and went to another place.

John 8:33-47

They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, 'You will be made free'?" Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father's presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father." They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are indeed doing what your father does." They said to him, "We are not illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself." Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept my word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 26 Judica me, Domine

  Give judgment for me, O LORD, for I have lived with integrity; *
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
  Test me, O LORD, and try me; *
examine my heart and my mind.
  For your love is before my eyes; *
I have walked faithfully with you.
  I have not sat with the worthless, *
nor do I consort with the deceitful.
  I have hated the company of evildoers; *
I will not sit down with the wicked.
  I will wash my hands in innocence, O LORD, *
that I may go in procession round your altar,
  Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving *
and recounting all your wonderful deeds.
  LORD, I love the house in which you dwell *
and the place where your glory abides.
  Do not sweep me away with sinners, *
nor my life with those who thirst for blood,
10   Whose hands are full of evil plots, *
and their right hand full of bribes.
11   As for me, I will live with integrity; *
redeem me, O LORD, and have pity on me.
12   My foot stands on level ground; *
in the full assembly I will bless the LORD.

Psalm 28 Ad te, Domine

  O LORD, I call to you; my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; *
lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.
  Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, *
when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
  Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the evildoers, *
who speak peaceably with their neighbors, while strife is in their hearts.
  Repay them according to their deeds, *
and according to the wickedness of their actions.
  According to the work of their hands repay them, *
and give them their just deserts.
  They have no understanding of the LORD'S doings, nor of the works of his hands; *
therefore he will break them down and not build them up.
  Blessed is the LORD! *
for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
  The LORD is my strength and my shield; *
my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
  Therefore my heart dances for joy, *
and in my song will I praise him.
10   The LORD is the strength of his people, *
a safe refuge for his anointed.
11   Save your people and bless your inheritance; *
shepherd them and carry them for ever.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 36 Dixit injustus

  There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; *
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
  He flatters himself in his own eyes *
that his hateful sin will not be found out.
  The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; *
he has left off acting wisely and doing good.
  He thinks up wickedness upon his bed and has set himself in no good way; *
he does not abhor that which is evil.
  Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, *
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
  Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; *
you save both man and beast, O LORD.
  How priceless is your love, O God! *
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
  They feast upon the abundance of your house; *
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
  For with you is the well of life, *
and in your light we see light.
10   Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, *
and your favor to those who are true of heart.
11   Let not the foot of the proud come near me, *
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
12   See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! *
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.

Psalm 39 Dixi, Custodiam

  I said, "I will keep watch upon my ways, *
so that I do not offend with my tongue.
  I will put a muzzle on my mouth *
while the wicked are in my presence."
  So I held my tongue and said nothing; *
I refrained from rash words; but my pain became unbearable.
  My heart was hot within me; while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; *
I spoke out with my tongue:
  LORD, let me know my end and the number of my days, *
so that I may know how short my life is.
  You have given me a mere handful of days, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; *
truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind.
  We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil; *
we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them.
  And now, what is my hope? *
O Lord, my hope is in you.
  Deliver me from all my transgressions *
and do not make me the taunt of the fool.
10   I fell silent and did not open my mouth, *
for surely it was you that did it.
11   Take your affliction from me; *
I am worn down by the blows of your hand.
12   With rebukes for sin you punish us; like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; *
truly, everyone is but a puff of wind.
13   Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; *
hold not your peace at my tears.
14   For I am but a sojourner with you, *
a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
15   Turn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, *
before I go my way and am no more.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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