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The Daily Readings for September 7, 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 19:1-7, 19:14-27

Then Job answered: "How long will you torment me, and break me in pieces with words? These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me? And even if it is true that I have erred, my error remains with me. If indeed you magnify yourselves against me, and make my humiliation an argument against me, know then that God has put me in the wrong, and closed his net around me. Even when I cry out, 'Violence!' I am not answered; I call aloud, but there is no justice. My relatives and my close friends have failed me; the guests in my house have forgotten me; my serving girls count me as a stranger; I have become an alien in their eyes. I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must myself plead with him. My breath is repulsive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own family. Even young children despise me; when I rise, they talk against me. All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me. My bones cling to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me! Why do you, like God, pursue me, never satisfied with my flesh? "O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!

Acts 13:13-25

Then Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. John, however, left them and returned to Jerusalem; but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent them a message, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, give it." So Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak: "You Israelites, and others who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance for about four hundred fifty years. After that he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, 'I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.' Of this man's posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised; before his coming John had already proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his work, he said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.'

John 9:18-41

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?" His parents answered, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, "Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner." He answered, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" Then they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." The man answered, "Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?" And they drove him out. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him." Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he." He said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped him. Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind." Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, "Surely we are not blind, are we?" Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 31 In te, Domine, speravi

  In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.
  Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.
  Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
  Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.
  Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.
  I hate those who cling to worthless idols, *
and I put my trust in the LORD.
  I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy; *
for you have seen my affliction; you know my distress.
  You have not shut me up in the power of the enemy; *
you have set my feet in an open place.
  Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.
10   For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11   I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12   I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.
13   For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.
14   But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. *
I have said, "You are my God.
15   My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16   Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."
17   LORD, let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; *
rather, let the wicked be put to shame; let them be silent in the grave.
18   Let the lying lips be silenced which speak against the righteous, *
haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt.
19   How great is your goodness, O LORD! which you have laid up for those who fear you; *
which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you.
20   You hide them in the covert of your presence from those who slander them; *
you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21   Blessed be the LORD! *
for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a besieged city.
22   Yet I said in my alarm, "I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes." *
Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty when I cried out to you.
23   Love the LORD, all you who worship him; *
the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
24   Be strong and let your heart take courage, *
all you who wait for the LORD.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 35 Judica, Domine

  Fight those who fight me, O LORD; *
attack those who are attacking me.
  Take up shield and armor *
and rise up to help me.
  Draw the sword and bar the way against those who pursue me; *
say to my soul, "I am your salvation."
  Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled; *
let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
  Let them be like chaff before the wind, *
and let the angel of the LORD drive them away.
  Let their way be dark and slippery, *
and let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
  For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; *
without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive.
  Let ruin come upon them unawares; *
let them be caught in the net they hid; let them fall into the pit they dug.
  Then I will be joyful in the LORD; *
I will glory in his victory.
10   My very bones will say, "LORD, who is like you? *
You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."
11   Malicious witnesses rise up against me; *
they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
12   They pay me evil in exchange for good; *
my soul is full of despair.
13   But when they were sick I dressed in sack-cloth *
and humbled myself by fasting.
14   I prayed with my whole heart, as one would for a friend or a brother; *
I behaved like one who mourns for his mother, bowed down and grieving.
15   But when I stumbled, they were glad and gathered together; they gathered against me; *
strangers whom I did not know tore me to pieces and would not stop.
16   They put me to the test and mocked me; *
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
17   O Lord, how long will you look on? *
rescue me from the roaring beasts, and my life from the young lions.
18   I will give you thanks in the great congregation; *
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
19   Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me, *
nor let those who hate me without a cause wink at each other.
20   For they do not plan for peace, *
but invent deceitful schemes against the quiet in the land.
21   They opened their mouths at me and said, *
"Aha! we saw it with our own eyes."
22   You saw it, O LORD; do not be silent; *
O Lord, be not far from me.
23   Awake, arise, to my cause! *
to my defense, my God and my Lord!
24   Give me justice, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness; *
do not let them triumph over me.
25   Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha! just what we want!" *
Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up."
26   Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced; *
let those who boast against me be clothed with dismay and shame.
27   Let those who favor my cause sing out with joy and be glad; *
let them say always, "Great is the LORD, who desires the prosperity of his servant."
28   And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness *
and of your praise all the day long.

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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