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Book of Common Prayer

Daily Old and New Testament readings based on the Book of Common Prayer.
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Psalm 131-135

Psalm 131

A song of ascents. Of David.

My heart is not proud,(A) Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;(B)
I do not concern myself with great matters(C)
    or things too wonderful for me.(D)
But I have calmed and quieted myself,(E)
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.(F)

Israel, put your hope(G) in the Lord
    both now and forevermore.(H)

Psalm 132(I)

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David
    and all his self-denial.(J)

He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:(K)
“I will not enter my house(L)
    or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place(M) for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard it in Ephrathah,(N)
    we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:[a](O)
“Let us go to his dwelling place,(P)
    let us worship at his footstool,(Q) saying,
‘Arise, Lord,(R) and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;(S)
    may your faithful people(T) sing for joy.’”

10 For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,(U)
    a sure oath he will not revoke:
“One of your own descendants(V)
    I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant(W)
    and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons will sit
    on your throne(X) for ever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,(Y)
    he has desired it for his dwelling,(Z) saying,
14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;(AA)
    here I will sit enthroned,(AB) for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.(AC)
16 I will clothe her priests(AD) with salvation,
    and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.(AE)

17 “Here I will make a horn[b] grow(AF) for David
    and set up a lamp(AG) for my anointed one.(AH)
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,(AI)
    but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”(AJ)

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together(AK) in unity!(AL)

It is like precious oil poured on the head,(AM)
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew(AN) of Hermon(AO)
    were falling on Mount Zion.(AP)
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,(AQ)
    even life forevermore.(AR)

Psalm 134

A song of ascents.

Praise the Lord, all you servants(AS) of the Lord
    who minister(AT) by night(AU) in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands(AV) in the sanctuary(AW)
    and praise the Lord.(AX)

May the Lord bless you from Zion,(AY)
    he who is the Maker of heaven(AZ) and earth.

Psalm 135(BA)

Praise the Lord.[c]

Praise the name of the Lord;
    praise him, you servants(BB) of the Lord,
you who minister in the house(BC) of the Lord,
    in the courts(BD) of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;(BE)
    sing praise to his name,(BF) for that is pleasant.(BG)
For the Lord has chosen Jacob(BH) to be his own,
    Israel to be his treasured possession.(BI)

I know that the Lord is great,(BJ)
    that our Lord is greater than all gods.(BK)
The Lord does whatever pleases him,(BL)
    in the heavens and on the earth,(BM)
    in the seas and all their depths.
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
    he sends lightning with the rain(BN)
    and brings out the wind(BO) from his storehouses.(BP)

He struck down the firstborn(BQ) of Egypt,
    the firstborn of people and animals.
He sent his signs(BR) and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.(BS)
10 He struck down many(BT) nations
    and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon(BU) king of the Amorites,(BV)
    Og king of Bashan,(BW)
    and all the kings of Canaan(BX)
12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,(BY)
    an inheritance to his people Israel.

13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,(BZ)
    your renown,(CA) Lord, through all generations.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people(CB)
    and have compassion on his servants.(CC)

15 The idols of the nations(CD) are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.(CE)
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,(CF)
    eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
    nor is there breath(CG) in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;(CH)
    house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
20 house of Levi, praise the Lord;
    you who fear him, praise the Lord.
21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion,(CI)
    to him who dwells in Jerusalem.(CJ)

Praise the Lord.

Job 1


In the land of Uz(A) there lived a man whose name was Job.(B) This man was blameless(C) and upright;(D) he feared God(E) and shunned evil.(F) He had seven sons(G) and three daughters,(H) and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys,(I) and had a large number of servants.(J) He was the greatest man(K) among all the people of the East.(L)

His sons used to hold feasts(M) in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified.(N) Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering(O) for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned(P) and cursed God(Q) in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

One day the angels[a](R) came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b](S) also came with them.(T) The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”(U)

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?(V) There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God(W) and shuns evil.”(X)

“Does Job fear God for nothing?”(Y) Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge(Z) around him and his household and everything he has?(AA) You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.(AB) 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has,(AC) and he will surely curse you to your face.”(AD)

12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has(AE) is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”(AF)

Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

13 One day when Job’s sons and daughters(AG) were feasting(AH) and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing(AI) nearby, 15 and the Sabeans(AJ) attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens(AK) and burned up the sheep and the servants,(AL) and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans(AM) formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters(AN) were feasting(AO) and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19 when suddenly a mighty wind(AP) swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead,(AQ) and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!(AR)

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe(AS) and shaved his head.(AT) Then he fell to the ground in worship(AU) 21 and said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.[c](AV)
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;(AW)
    may the name of the Lord be praised.”(AX)

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.(AY)

Acts 8:26-40

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angel(A) of the Lord said to Philip,(B) “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a](C) eunuch,(D) an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,(E) 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told(F) Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b](G)

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began(H) with that very passage of Scripture(I) and told him the good news(J) about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”(K) [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,(L) and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns(M) until he reached Caesarea.(N)

John 6:16-27

Jesus Walks on the Water(A)

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[a] they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water;(B) and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”(C) 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake(D) realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.(E) 23 Then some boats from Tiberias(F) landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.(G) 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

Jesus the Bread of Life

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi,(H) when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me,(I) not because you saw the signs(J) I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures(K) to eternal life,(L) which the Son of Man(M) will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal(N) of approval.”

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