Daily scripture readings from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Tuesday, November 14

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

Psalm 78

1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;     incline your ears to the words of my mouth! 2 I will open my mouth in a parable;     I will utter dark sayings from of old, 3 things that we have heard and known,     that our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children,     but tell to the coming generation     the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,     and the wonders that he has done. 5 He established a testimony in Jacob     and appointed a law in Israel,     which he commanded our fathers     to teach to their children, 6 that the next generation might know them,     the children yet unborn,     and arise and tell them to their children, 7 so that they should set their hope in God     and not forget the works of God,     but keep his commandments; 8 and that they should not be like their fathers,     a stubborn and rebellious generation,     a generation whose heart was not steadfast,     whose spirit was not faithful to God. 9 The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,     turned back on the day of battle. 10 They did not keep God's covenant,     but refused to walk according to his law. 11 They forgot his works     and the wonders that he had shown them. 12 In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders     in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and let them pass through it,     and made the waters stand like a heap. 14 In the daytime he led them with a cloud,     and all the night with a fiery light. 15 He split rocks in the wilderness     and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. 16 He made streams come out of the rock     and caused waters to flow down like rivers. 17 Yet they sinned still more against him,     rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 18 They tested God in their heart     by demanding the food they craved. 19 They spoke against God, saying,     “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? 20 He struck the rock so that water gushed out     and streams overflowed.     Can he also give bread     or provide meat for his people?” 21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath;     a fire was kindled against Jacob;     his anger rose against Israel, 22 because they did not believe in God     and did not trust his saving power. 23 Yet he commanded the skies above     and opened the doors of heaven, 24 and he rained down on them manna to eat     and gave them the grain of heaven. 25 Man ate of the bread of the angels;     he sent them food in abundance. 26 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,     and by his power he led out the south wind; 27 he rained meat on them like dust,     winged birds like the sand of the seas; 28 he let them fall in the midst of their camp,     all around their dwellings. 29 And they ate and were well filled,     for he gave them what they craved. 30 But before they had satisfied their craving,     while the food was still in their mouths, 31 the anger of God rose against them,     and he killed the strongest of them     and laid low the young men of Israel. 32 In spite of all this, they still sinned;     despite his wonders, they did not believe. 33 So he made their days vanish like a breath,     and their years in terror. 34 When he killed them, they sought him;     they repented and sought God earnestly. 35 They remembered that God was their rock,     the Most High God their redeemer. 36 But they flattered him with their mouths;     they lied to him with their tongues. 37 Their heart was not steadfast toward him;     they were not faithful to his covenant. 38 Yet he, being compassionate,     atoned for their iniquity     and did not destroy them;     he restrained his anger often     and did not stir up all his wrath. 39 He remembered that they were but flesh,     a wind that passes and comes not again. 40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness     and grieved him in the desert! 41 They tested God again and again     and provoked the Holy One of Israel. 42 They did not remember his power     or the day when he redeemed them from the foe, 43 when he performed his signs in Egypt     and his marvels in the fields of Zoan. 44 He turned their rivers to blood,     so that they could not drink of their streams. 45 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,     and frogs, which destroyed them. 46 He gave their crops to the destroying locust     and the fruit of their labor to the locust. 47 He destroyed their vines with hail     and their sycamores with frost. 48 He gave over their cattle to the hail     and their flocks to thunderbolts. 49 He let loose on them his burning anger,     wrath, indignation, and distress,     a company of destroying angels. 50 He made a path for his anger;     he did not spare them from death,     but gave their lives over to the plague. 51 He struck down every firstborn in Egypt,     the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham. 52 Then he led out his people like sheep     and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 53 He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid,     but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 54 And he brought them to his holy land,     to the mountain which his right hand had won. 55 He drove out nations before them;     he apportioned them for a possession     and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 56 Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God     and did not keep his testimonies, 57 but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;     they twisted like a deceitful bow. 58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places;     they moved him to jealousy with their idols. 59 When God heard, he was full of wrath,     and he utterly rejected Israel. 60 He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh,     the tent where he dwelt among mankind, 61 and delivered his power to captivity,     his glory to the hand of the foe. 62 He gave his people over to the sword     and vented his wrath on his heritage. 63 Fire devoured their young men,     and their young women had no marriage song. 64 Their priests fell by the sword,     and their widows made no lamentation. 65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,     like a strong man shouting because of wine. 66 And he put his adversaries to rout;     he put them to everlasting shame. 67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;     he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, 68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,     Mount Zion, which he loves. 69 He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,     like the earth, which he has founded forever. 70 He chose David his servant     and took him from the sheepfolds; 71 from following the nursing ewes he brought him     to shepherd Jacob his people,     Israel his inheritance. 72 With upright heart he shepherded them     and guided them with his skillful hand.


Nehemiah 9:26-38

26 “Nevertheless, they were disobedient and rebelled against you and cast your law behind their back and killed your prophets, who had warned them in order to turn them back to you, and they committed great blasphemies. 27 Therefore you gave them into the hand of their enemies, who made them suffer. And in the time of their suffering they cried out to you and you heard them from heaven, and according to your great mercies you gave them saviors who saved them from the hand of their enemies. 28 But after they had rest they did evil again before you, and you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they had dominion over them. Yet when they turned and cried to you, you heard from heaven, and many times you delivered them according to your mercies. 29 And you warned them in order to turn them back to your law. Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey your commandments, but sinned against your rules, which if a person does them, he shall live by them, and they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck and would not obey. 30 Many years you bore with them and warned them by your Spirit through your prophets. Yet they would not give ear. Therefore you gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands. 31 Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. 32 “Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day. 33 Yet you have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly. 34 Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law or paid attention to your commandments and your warnings that you gave them. 35 Even in their own kingdom, and amid your great goodness that you gave them, and in the large and rich land that you set before them, they did not serve you or turn from their wicked works. 36 Behold, we are slaves this day; in the land that you gave to our fathers to enjoy its fruit and its good gifts, behold, we are slaves. 37 And its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They rule over our bodies and over our livestock as they please, and we are in great distress. 38  “Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; on the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.


Revelation 18:9-20

9 And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. 10 They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, “Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.” 11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, 12 cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, 13 cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls. 14 “The fruit for which your soul longed has gone from you, and all your delicacies and your splendors are lost to you, never to be found again!” 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!”


Matthew 15:21-28

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.”And her daughter was healed instantly.
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