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Book of Common Prayer

Daily Old and New Testament readings based on the Book of Common Prayer.
Duration: 861 days
Psalm 121-123

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of (A)Ascents.

121 I (B)lift up my eyes to (C)the hills.
    From where does my help come?
(D)My help comes from the Lord,
    who (E)made heaven and earth.

He will not (F)let your foot be moved;
    he who (G)keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your (H)shade on your (I)right hand.
(J)The sun shall not (K)strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will (L)keep you from all evil;
    he will (M)keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your (N)going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

A Song of (O)Ascents. Of David.

122 I was glad when they said to me,
    (P)“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet have been standing
    within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem—(Q)built as a city
    that is (R)bound firmly together,
to which the tribes (S)go up,
    the tribes of the Lord,
as was (T)decreed for[a] Israel,
    to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There (U)thrones for judgment were set,
    the thrones of the house of David.

(V)Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
    “May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your (W)walls
    and security within your (X)towers!”
For my brothers and companions' sake
    I will say, (Y)“Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
    I will (Z)seek your good.

Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God

A Song of (AA)Ascents.

123 To you I (AB)lift up my eyes,
    O you who are (AC)enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants
    look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant
    to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till he has mercy upon us.

(AD)Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
    for we have had more than enough of (AE)contempt.
Our soul has had more than enough
    of (AF)the scorn of (AG)those who are at ease,
    of the contempt of (AH)the proud.

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Psalm 131-132

I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

A Song of (A)Ascents. Of David.

131 O Lord, my heart is not (B)lifted up;
    my eyes are not (C)raised too high;
I do not (D)occupy myself with things
    too great and (E)too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned (F)child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.

(G)O Israel, hope in the Lord
    from this time forth and forevermore.

The Lord Has Chosen Zion

A Song of (H)Ascents.

132 Remember, O Lord, in David's favor,
    all (I)the hardships he endured,
how he swore to the Lord
    and (J)vowed to (K)the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
I will not (L)give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I (M)find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling place for (N)the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Behold, we heard of it in (O)Ephrathah;
    we found it in (P)the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us (Q)worship at his (R)footstool!”

(S)Arise, O Lord, and go to your (T)resting place,
    you and the ark of your (U)might.
Let your (V)priests be (W)clothed with righteousness,
    and let your (X)saints shout for joy.
10 For the sake of your servant David,
    (Y)do not turn away the face of (Z)your anointed one.

11 (AA)The Lord swore to David a sure oath
    (AB)from which he will not turn back:
(AC)“One of the sons of your body[a]
    I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
    shall (AD)sit on your throne.”

13 For the Lord has (AE)chosen Zion;
    he has (AF)desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my (AG)resting place forever;
    here I will (AH)dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly (AI)bless her provisions;
    I will (AJ)satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her (AK)priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and her (AL)saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make (AM)a horn to sprout for David;
    I have prepared (AN)a lamp for (AO)my anointed.
18 His enemies I will (AP)clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”

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Isaiah 45:14-19

The Lord, the Only Savior

14 Thus says the Lord:
(A)“The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
    and the Sabeans, men of stature,
shall come over to you (B)and be yours;
    they shall follow you;
    they shall come over in chains and bow down to you.
They will plead with you, saying:
    ‘Surely God is in you, and there is no other,
    no god besides him.’”

15 (C)Truly, you are a God who hides himself,
    O God of Israel, the Savior.
16 (D)All of them are put to shame and confounded;
    the makers of idols go in confusion together.
17 But Israel is saved by the Lord
    with everlasting salvation;
(E)you shall not be put to shame or confounded
    to all eternity.

18 (F)For thus says the Lord,
who created the heavens
    (he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
    (he established it;
he (G)did not create it empty,
    (H)he formed it to be inhabited!):
“I am the Lord, and there is no other.
19 (I)I did not speak in secret,
    in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
    (J)‘Seek me in vain.’[a]
I the Lord speak (K)the truth;
    I declare what is right.

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Colossians 1:24-2:7

Paul's Ministry to the Church

24 Now (A)I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh (B)I am filling up (C)what is lacking in Christ's afflictions (D)for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 (E)of which I became a minister according to (F)the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 (G)the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 (H)To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are (I)the riches of the glory of (J)this mystery, which is Christ in you, (K)the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that (L)we may present everyone (M)mature in Christ. 29 For this (N)I toil, (O)struggling (P)with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

For I want you to know (Q)how great a (R)struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that (S)their hearts may be encouraged, being (T)knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of (U)God's mystery, which is Christ, (V)in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order (W)that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For (X)though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your (Y)good order and (Z)the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Alive in Christ

(AA)Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, (AB)rooted and (AC)built up in him and (AD)established in the faith, just (AE)as you were taught, abounding (AF)in thanksgiving.

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John 8:12-19

I Am the Light of the World

12 (A)Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, (B)“I am the light of the world. Whoever (C)follows me will not (D)walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, (E)“You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, (F)my testimony is true, for I know (G)where I came from and (H)where I am going, but (I)you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 (J)You judge according to the flesh; (K)I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, (L)my judgment is true, for (M)it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 (N)In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and (O)the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, (P)“You know neither me nor my Father. (Q)If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”

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