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The Daily Readings for January 8, 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.

Isaiah 59:15-21

Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle. According to their deeds, so will he repay; wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render requital. So those in the west shall fear the name of the LORD, and those in the east, his glory; for he will come like a pent-up stream that the wind of the LORD drives on. And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the LORD. And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD: my spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the LORD, from now on and forever.

Revelation 2:8-17

"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life: "I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death. "And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword: "I know where you are living, where Satan's throne is. Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan lives. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel, so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice fornication. So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.

John 4:46-54

Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my little boy dies." Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, "Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him." The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live." So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 117 Laudate Dominum

  Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
laud him, all you peoples.
  For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Hallelujah!

Psalm 118 Confitemini Domino

  Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.
  Let Israel now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
  Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
  Let those who fear the LORD now proclaim, *
"His mercy endures for ever."
  I called to the LORD in my distress; *
the LORD answered by setting me free.
  The LORD is at my side, therefore I will not fear; *
what can anyone do to me?
  The LORD is at my side to help me; *
I will triumph over those who hate me.
  It is better to rely on the LORD *
than to put any trust in flesh.
  It is better to rely on the LORD *
than to put any trust in rulers.
10   All the ungodly encompass me; *
in the Name of the LORD I will repel them.
11   They hem me in, they hem me in on every side; *
in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
12   They swarm about me like bees; they blaze like a fire of thorns; *
in the name of the LORD I will repel them.
13   I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, *
but the LORD came to my help.
14   The LORD is my strength and my song, *
and he has become my salvation.
15   There is a sound of exultation and victory *
in the tents of the righteous:
16   The right hand of the LORD has triumphed! *
the right hand of the LORD is exalted! the right hand of the LORD has triumphed!
17   I shall not die, but live, *
and declare the works of the LORD.
18   The LORD has punished me sorely, *
but he did not hand me over to death.
19   Open for me the gates of righteousness; *
I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the LORD.
20   This is the gate of the LORD; *
he who is righteous may enter.
21   I will give thanks to you, for you answered me *
and have become my salvation.
22   The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
23   This is the LORD'S doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24   On this day the LORD has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25   Hosanna, LORD, hosanna! *
LORD, send us now success.
26   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; *
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
27   God is the LORD; he has shined upon us; *
form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar.
28   You are my God, and I will thank you; *
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; *
his mercy endures for ever.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 112 Beatus vir

  Hallelujah! Happy are they who fear the Lord *
and have great delight in his commandments!
  Their descendants will be mighty in the land; *
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
  Wealth and riches will be in their house, *
and their righteousness will last for ever.
  Light shines in the darkness for the upright; *
the righteous are merciful and full of compassion.
  It is good for them to be generous in lending *
and to manage their affairs with justice.
  For they will never be shaken; *
the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance.
  They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; *
their heart is right; they put their trust in the Lord.
  Their heart is established and will not shrink, *
until they see their desire upon their enemies.
  They have given freely to the poor, *
and their righteousness stands fast for ever; they will hold up their head with honor.
10   The wicked will see it and be angry; they will gnash their teeth and pine away; *
the desires of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 113 Laudate, pueri

  Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
praise the Name of the LORD.
  Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.
  From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the LORD be praised.
  The LORD is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.
  Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high, *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
  He takes up the weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
  He sets them with the princes, *
with the princes of his people.
  He makes the woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.

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