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The Daily Readings for January 7, 2014

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.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3

This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember the long way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commandments. He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Colossians 1:1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

John 6:30-33, 6:48-51

So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 103 Benedic, anima mea

  Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
  Bless the LORD, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.
  He forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;
  He redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
  He satisfies you with good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
  The LORD executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
  He made his ways known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.
  The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
  He will not always accuse us, *
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, *
so is his mercy great upon those who fear him.
12   As far as the east is from the west, *
so far has he removed our sins from us.
13   As a father cares for his children, *
so does the LORD care for those who fear him.
14   For he himself knows whereof we are made; *
he remembers that we are but dust.
15   Our days are like the grass; *
we flourish like a flower of the field;
16   When the wind goes over it, it is gone, *
and its place shall know it no more.
17   But the merciful goodness of the LORD endures for ever on those who fear him, *
and his righteousness on children's children;
18   On those who keep his covenant *
and remember his commandments and do them.
19   The LORD has set his throne in heaven, *
and his kingship has dominion over all.
20   Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding, *
and hearken to the voice of his word.
21   Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, *
you ministers of his who do his will.
22   Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion; *
bless the LORD, O my soul.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 114 In exitu Israel

  Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, *
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
  Judah became God's sanctuary *
and Israel his dominion.
  The sea beheld it and fled; *
Jordan turned and went back.
  The mountains skipped like rams, *
and the little hills like young sheep.
  What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
O Jordan, that you turned back?
  You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
you little hills like young sheep?
  Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
  Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.

Psalm 115 Non nobis, Domine

  Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory; *
because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
  Why should the heathen say, *
"Where then is their God?"
  Our God is in heaven; *
whatever he wills to do he does.
  Their idols are silver and gold, *
the work of human hands.
  They have mouths, but they cannot speak; *
eyes have they, but they cannot see;
  They have ears but they cannot hear; *
noses, but they cannot smell;
  They have hands, but they cannot feel; feet, but they cannot walk; *
they make no sound with their throat.
  Those who make them are like them, *
and so are all who put their trust in them.
  O Israel, trust in the LORD; *
he is their help and their shield.
10   O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; *
he is their help and their shield.
11   You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; *
he is their help and their shield.
12   The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us; *
he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;
13   He will bless those who fear the LORD, *
both small and great together.
14   May the LORD increase you more and more, *
you and your children after you.
15   May you be blessed by the LORD, *
the maker of heaven and earth.
16   The heaven of heavens is the LORD'S, *
but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
17   The dead do not praise the LORD, *
nor all those who go down into silence;
18   But we will bless the LORD, *
from this time forth for evermore. Hallelujah!

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