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The Daily Readings for September 8, 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 22:1-4, 22:21-23:7

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered: "Can a mortal be of use to God? Can even the wisest be of service to him? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless? Is it for your piety that he reproves you, and enters into judgment with you? "Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored, if you remove unrighteousness from your tents, if you treat gold like dust, and gold of Ophir like the stones of the torrent-bed, and if the Almighty is your gold and your precious silver, then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God. You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows. You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. When others are humiliated, you say it is pride; for he saves the humble. He will deliver even those who are guilty; they will escape because of the cleanness of your hands." Then Job answered: "Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted forever by my judge.

Acts 13:26-43

"My brothers, you descendants of Abraham's family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son; today I have begotten you.' As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, 'I will give you the holy promises made to David.' Therefore he has also said in another psalm, 'You will not let your Holy One experience corruption.' For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced corruption; but he whom God raised up experienced no corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; by this Jesus everyone who believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, that what the prophets said does not happen to you: 'Look, you scoffers! Be amazed and perish, for in your days I am doing a work, a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.'" As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people urged them to speak about these things again the next sabbath. When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

John 10:1-18

"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away-- and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 30 Exaltabo te, Domine

  I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
  O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health.
  You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
  Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
  For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
his favor for a lifetime.
  Weeping may spend the night, *
but joy comes in the morning.
  While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. *
You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
  Then you hid your face, *
and I was filled with fear.
  I cried to you, O LORD; *
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10   What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
O LORD, be my helper."
12   You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13   Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Psalm 32 Beati quorum

  Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!
  Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
  While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.
  For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
  Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.
  I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
  Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
  You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
  I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; *
I will guide you with my eye.
10   Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you."
11   Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12   Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; *
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 42 Quemadmodum

  As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
so longs my soul for you, O God.
  My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
  My tears have been my food day and night, *
while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?"
  I pour out my soul when I think on these things; *
how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, *
among those who keep holy-day.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
  Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
  My soul is heavy within me; *
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
  One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; *
all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10   The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; *
in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
11   I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you forgotten me? *
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?"
12   While my bones are being broken, *
my enemies mock me to my face;
13   All day long they mock me *
and say to me, "Where now is your God?"
14   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
15   Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judica me, Deus

  Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *
deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
  For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? *
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?
  Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *
and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
  That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; *
and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
  Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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