Daily scripture readings from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Monday, November 7

Today's readings include passages from Psalms, Joel, Revelation and Luke.

Psalm 77

1 I cry aloud to God,     aloud to God, and he will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;     in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;     my soul refuses to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, I moan;     when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah 4 You hold my eyelids open;     I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I consider the days of old,     the years long ago. 6 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;     let me meditate in my heart.”     Then my spirit made a diligent search: 7 “Will the Lord spurn forever,     and never again be favorable? 8 Has his steadfast love forever ceased?     Are his promises at an end for all time? 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious?     Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah 10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this,     to the years of the right hand of the Most High.” 11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;     yes, I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will ponder all your work,     and meditate on your mighty deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy.     What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders;     you have made known your might among the peoples. 15 You with your arm redeemed your people,     the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah 16 When the waters saw you, O God,     when the waters saw you, they were afraid;     indeed, the deep trembled. 17 The clouds poured out water;     the skies gave forth thunder;     your arrows flashed on every side. 18 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;     your lightnings lighted up the world;     the earth trembled and shook. 19 Your way was through the sea,     your path through the great waters;     yet your footprints were unseen. 20 You led your people like a flock     by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


Psalm 79

1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;     they have defiled your holy temple;     they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants     to the birds of the heavens for food,     the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out their blood like water     all around Jerusalem,     and there was no one to bury them. 4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,     mocked and derided by those around us. 5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?     Will your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out your anger on the nations     that do not know you,     and on the kingdoms     that do not call upon your name! 7 For they have devoured Jacob     and laid waste his habitation. 8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities;     let your compassion come speedily to meet us,     for we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation,     for the glory of your name;     deliver us, and atone for our sins,     for your name's sake! 10 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?”     Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants     be known among the nations before our eyes! 11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;     according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die! 12 Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors     the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord! 13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,     will give thanks to you forever;     from generation to generation we will recount your praise.>


Psalm 80

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,     you who lead Joseph like a flock.     You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,     stir up your might     and come to save us! 3 Restore us, O God;     let your face shine, that we may be saved! 4 Lord God of hosts,     how long will you be angry with your people's prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears     and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,     and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Restore us, O God of hosts;     let your face shine, that we may be saved! 8 You brought a vine out of Egypt;     you drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground for it;     it took deep root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade,     the mighty cedars with its branches. 11 It sent out its branches to the sea     and its shoots to the River. 12 Why then have you broken down its walls,     so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 13 The boar from the forest ravages it,     and all that move in the field feed on it. 14 Turn again, O God of hosts!     Look down from heaven, and see;     have regard for this vine, 15 the stock that your right hand planted,     and for the son whom you made strong for yourself. 16 They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down;     may they perish at the rebuke of your face! 17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand,     the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself! 18 Then we shall not turn back from you;     give us life, and we will call upon your name! 19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts!     Let your face shine, that we may be saved!


Joel 1:1-13

1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel: 2 Hear this, you elders;     give ear, all inhabitants of the land!     Has such a thing happened in your days,     or in the days of your fathers? 3 Tell your children of it,     and let your children tell their children,     and their children to another generation. 4 What the cutting locust left,     the swarming locust has eaten.     What the swarming locust left,     the hopping locust has eaten,     and what the hopping locust left,     the destroying locust has eaten. 5 Awake, you drunkards, and weep,     and wail, all you drinkers of wine,     because of the sweet wine,     for it is cut off from your mouth. 6 For a nation has come up against my land,     powerful and beyond number;     its teeth are lions' teeth,     and it has the fangs of a lioness. 7 It has laid waste my vine     and splintered my fig tree;     it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;     their branches are made white. 8 Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth     for the bridegroom of her youth. 9 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off     from the house of the Lord.     The priests mourn,     the ministers of the Lord. 10 The fields are destroyed,     the ground mourns,     because the grain is destroyed,     the wine dries up,     the oil languishes. 11 Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil;     wail, O vinedressers,     for the wheat and the barley,     because the harvest of the field has perished. 12 The vine dries up;     the fig tree languishes.     Pomegranate, palm, and apple,     all the trees of the field are dried up,     and gladness dries up     from the children of man. 13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;     wail, O ministers of the altar.     Go in, pass the night in sackcloth,     O ministers of my God!     Because grain offering and drink offering     are withheld from the house of your God.


Revelation 18:15-24

15 The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud, 16 “Alas, alas, for the great city     that was clothed in fine linen,     in purple and scarlet,     adorned with gold,     with jewels, and with pearls! 17 For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.” And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,     “What city was like the great city?” 19 And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,     “Alas, alas, for the great city     where all who had ships at sea     grew rich by her wealth!     For in a single hour she has been laid waste. 20 Rejoice over her, O heaven,     and you saints and apostles and prophets,     for God has given judgment for you against her!” 21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,     “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,     and will be found no more; 22 and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,     will be heard in you no more,     and a craftsman of any craft     will be found in you no more,     and the sound of the mill     will be heard in you no more, 23 and the light of a lamp     will shine in you no more,     and the voice of bridegroom and bride     will be heard in you no more,     for your merchants were the great ones of the earth,     and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,     and of all who have been slain on earth.”


Luke 14:12-24

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”

  English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.