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The Daily Readings for April 6, 2019

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.

Jeremiah 23:9-15

Concerning the prophets: My heart is crushed within me, all my bones shake; I have become like a drunkard, like one overcome by wine, because of the LORD and because of his holy words. For the land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land mourns, and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. Their course has been evil, and their might is not right. Both prophet and priest are ungodly; even in my house I have found their wickedness, says the LORD. Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery paths in the darkness, into which they shall be driven and fall; for I will bring disaster upon them in the year of their punishment, says the LORD. In the prophets of Samaria I saw a disgusting thing: they prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a more shocking thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from wickedness; all of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: "I am going to make them eat wormwood, and give them poisoned water to drink; for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land."

Romans 9:1-18

I am speaking the truth in Christ-- I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit-- I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, and not all of Abraham's children are his true descendants; but "It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you." This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. For this is what the promise said, "About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son." Nor is that all; something similar happened to Rebecca when she had conceived children by one husband, our ancestor Isaac. Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God's purpose of election might continue, not by works but by his call) she was told, "The elder shall serve the younger." As it is written, "I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau." What then are we to say? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." So it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to Pharaoh, "I have raised you up for the very purpose of showing my power in you, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth." So then he has mercy on whomever he chooses, and he hardens the heart of whomever he chooses.

John 6:60-71

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?" But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, "Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God." Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil." He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for he, though one of the twelve, was going to betray him.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 107: Part I Confitemini Domino

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, *
and his mercy endures for ever.
  Let all those whom the LORD has redeemed proclaim *
that he redeemed them from the hand of the foe.
  He gathered them out of the lands; *
from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
  Some wandered in desert wastes; *
they found no way to a city where they might dwell.
  They were hungry and thirsty; *
their spirits languished within them.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
  He put their feet on a straight path *
to go to a city where they might dwell.
  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
  For he satisfies the thirsty *
and fills the hungry with good things.
10   Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, *
bound fast in misery and iron;
11   Because they rebelled against the words of God *
and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12   So he humbled their spirits with hard labor; *
they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
14   He led them out of darkness and deep gloom *
and broke their bonds asunder.
15   Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
16   For he shatters the doors of bronze *
and breaks in two the iron bars.
17   Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; *
they were afflicted because of their sins.
18   They abhorred all manner of food *
and drew near to death's door.
19   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
20   He sent forth his word and healed them *
and saved them from the grave.
21   Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
22   Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
23   Some went down to the sea in ships *
and plied their trade in deep waters;
24   They beheld the works of the LORD *
and his wonders in the deep.
25   Then he spoke, and a stormy wind arose, *
which tossed high the waves of the sea.
26   They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; *
their hearts melted because of their peril.
27   They reeled and staggered like drunkards *
and were at their wits' end.
28   Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, *
and he delivered them from their distress.
29   He stilled the storm to a whisper *
and quieted the waves of the sea.
30   Then were they glad because of the calm, *
and he brought them to the harbor they were bound for.
31   Let them give thanks to the LORD for his mercy *
and the wonders he does for his children.
32   Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people *
and praise him in the council of the elders.

Psalm 107: Part II Posuit flumina
33   The LORD changed rivers into deserts, *
and water-springs into thirsty ground,
34   A fruitful land into salt flats, *
because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.
35   He changed deserts into pools of water *
and dry land into water-springs.
36   He settled the hungry there, *
and they founded a city to dwell in.
37   They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, *
and brought in a fruitful harvest.
38   He blessed them, so that they increased greatly; *
he did not let their herds decrease.
39   Yet when they were diminished and brought low, *
through stress of adversity and sorrow,
40   (He pours contempt on princes *
and makes them wander in trackless wastes)
41   He lifted up the poor out of misery *
and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.
42   The upright will see this and rejoice, *
but all wickedness will shut its mouth.
43   Whoever is wise will ponder these things, *
and consider well the mercies of the LORD.

Psalm 108 Paratum cor meum

  My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; *
I will sing and make melody.
  Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; *
I myself will waken the dawn.
  I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD; *
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
  For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, *
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
  Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, *
and your glory over all the earth.
  So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, *
save with your right hand and answer me.
  God spoke from his holy place and said, *
"I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; *
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter.
  Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, *
and over Philistia will I shout in triumph."
10   Who will lead me into the strong city? *
who will bring me into Edom?
11   Have you not cast us off, O God? *
you no longer go out, O God, with our armies.
12   Grant us your help against the enemy, *
for vain is the help of man.
13   With God we will do valiant deeds, *
and he shall tread our enemies under foot.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 33 Exultate, justi

  Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; *
it is good for the just to sing praises.
  Praise the LORD with the harp; *
play to him upon the psaltery and lyre.
  Sing for him a new song; *
sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet.
  For the word of the LORD is right, *
and all his works are sure.
  He loves righteousness and justice; *
the loving-kindness of the LORD fills the whole earth.
  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, *
by the breath of his mouth all the heavenly hosts.
  He gathers up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin *
and stores up the depths of the sea.
  Let all the earth fear the LORD; *
let all who dwell in the world stand in awe of him.
  For he spoke, and it came to pass; *
he commanded, and it stood fast.
10   The LORD brings the will of the nations to naught; *
he thwarts the designs of the peoples.
11   But the LORD'S will stands fast for ever, *
and the designs of his heart from age to age.
12   Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD! *
happy the people he has chosen to be his own!
13   The LORD looks down from heaven, *
and beholds all the people in the world.
14   From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze *
on all who dwell on the earth.
15   He fashions all the hearts of them *
and understands all their works.
16   There is no king that can be saved by a mighty army; *
a strong man is not delivered by his great strength.
17   The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; *
for all its strength it cannot save.
18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, *
on those who wait upon his love,
19   To pluck their lives from death, *
and to feed them in time of famine.
20   Our soul waits for the LORD; *
he is our help and our shield.
21   Indeed, our heart rejoices in him, *
for in his holy Name we put our trust.
22   Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, *
as we have put our trust in you.

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