Daily scripture readings from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Sunday, September 11

Today's readings include passages from Psalms, Job, Revelation and Matthew.

Psalm 8

1 Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth!     You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,     you have established strength because of your foes,     to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,     the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,     and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings     and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;     you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen,     and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,     whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth!


Psalm 24

1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,     the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas     and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?     And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,     who does not lift up his soul to what is false     and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord     and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,     who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O gates!     And be lifted up, O ancient doors,     that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory?     The Lord, strong and mighty,     the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates!     And lift them up, O ancient doors,     that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory?     The Lord of hosts,     he is the King of glory! Selah


Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;     worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. 3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;     the God of glory thunders,     the Lord, over many waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;     the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;     the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,     and Sirion like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;     the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth     and strips the forests bare,     and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;     the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. 11 May the Lord give strength to his people!     May the Lord bless his people with peace!


Psalm 84

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,     Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord;     my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and the swallow a nest for herself,     where she may lay her young,     at your altars, O Lord of hosts,     my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,     ever singing your praise! Selah 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,     in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6 As they go through the Valley of Baca     they make it a place of springs;     the early rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength;     each one appears before God in Zion. 8 Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;     give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah 9 Behold our shield, O God;     look on the face of your anointed! 10 For a day in your courts is better     than a thousand elsewhere.     I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God     than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;     the Lord bestows favor and honor.     No good thing does he withhold     from those who walk uprightly. 12 Lord of hosts,     blessed is the one who trusts in you!


Job 38:1, 18-41

1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: ... 18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?     Declare, if you know all this. 19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,     and where is the place of darkness, 20 that you may take it to its territory     and that you may discern the paths to its home? 21 You know, for you were born then,     and the number of your days is great! 22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,     or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, 23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,     for the day of battle and war? 24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,     or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth? 25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain     and a way for the thunderbolt, 26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,     on the desert in which there is no man, 27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,     and to make the ground sprout with grass? 28 “Has the rain a father,     or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,     and who has given birth to the frost of heaven? 30 The waters become hard like stone,     and the face of the deep is frozen. 31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades     or loose the cords of Orion? 32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,     or can you guide the Bear with its children? 33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?     Can you establish their rule on the earth? 34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,     that a flood of waters may cover you? 35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go     and say to you, ‘Here we are’? 36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts     or given understanding to the mind? 37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?     Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens, 38 when the dust runs into a mass     and the clods stick fast together? 39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,     or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40 when they crouch in their dens     or lie in wait in their thicket? 41 Who provides for the raven its prey,     when its young ones cry to God for help,     and wander about for lack of food?


Revelation 18:1-8

1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2 And he called out with a mighty voice,     “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!     She has become a dwelling place for demons,     a haunt for every unclean spirit,     a haunt for every unclean bird,     a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. 3 For all nations have drunk     the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,     and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,     and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.” 4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,     “Come out of her, my people,     lest you take part in her sins,     lest you share in her plagues; 5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven,     and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,     and repay her double for her deeds;     mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed. 7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,     so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,     since in her heart she says,     ‘I sit as a queen,     I am no widow,     and mourning I shall never see.’ 8 For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,     death and mourning and famine,     and she will be burned up with fire;     for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”


Matthew 5:21-26

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

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