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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 45

Psalm 45[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] A wedding song.(A)

My heart is stirred by a noble theme
    as I recite my verses for the king;
    my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,(B)
    since God has blessed you forever.(C)

Gird your sword(D) on your side, you mighty one;(E)
    clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.(F)
In your majesty ride forth victoriously(G)
    in the cause of truth, humility and justice;(H)
    let your right hand(I) achieve awesome deeds.(J)
Let your sharp arrows(K) pierce the hearts(L) of the king’s enemies;(M)
    let the nations fall beneath your feet.
Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;(N)
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You love righteousness(O) and hate wickedness;(P)
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing(Q) you with the oil of joy.(R)
All your robes are fragrant(S) with myrrh(T) and aloes(U) and cassia;(V)
    from palaces adorned with ivory(W)
    the music of the strings(X) makes you glad.
Daughters of kings(Y) are among your honored women;
    at your right hand(Z) is the royal bride(AA) in gold of Ophir.(AB)

10 Listen, daughter,(AC) and pay careful attention:(AD)
    Forget your people(AE) and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(AF)
    honor(AG) him, for he is your lord.(AH)
12 The city of Tyre(AI) will come with a gift,[d](AJ)
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(AK) is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.(AL)
14 In embroidered garments(AM) she is led to the king;(AN)
    her virgin companions(AO) follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(AP)
    they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes(AQ) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(AR)
    therefore the nations will praise you(AS) for ever and ever.(AT)

Psalm 47-48

Psalm 47[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

Clap your hands,(A) all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.(B)

For the Lord Most High(C) is awesome,(D)
    the great King(E) over all the earth.
He subdued(F) nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance(G) for us,
    the pride of Jacob,(H) whom he loved.[b]

God has ascended(I) amid shouts of joy,(J)
    the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.(K)
Sing praises(L) to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;(M)
    sing to him a psalm(N) of praise.

God reigns(O) over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.(P)
The nobles of the nations assemble
    as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;(Q)
    he is greatly exalted.(R)

Psalm 48[d]

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Great is the Lord,(S) and most worthy of praise,(T)
    in the city of our God,(U) his holy mountain.(V)

Beautiful(W) in its loftiness,
    the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[e](X) is Mount Zion,(Y)
    the city of the Great King.(Z)
God is in her citadels;(AA)
    he has shown himself to be her fortress.(AB)

When the kings joined forces,
    when they advanced together,(AC)
they saw her and were astounded;
    they fled in terror.(AD)
Trembling seized(AE) them there,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.(AF)
You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish(AG)
    shattered by an east wind.(AH)

As we have heard,
    so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
    in the city of our God:
God makes her secure

Within your temple, O God,
    we meditate(AJ) on your unfailing love.(AK)
10 Like your name,(AL) O God,
    your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;(AM)
    your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
    the villages of Judah are glad
    because of your judgments.(AN)

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
    count her towers,(AO)
13 consider well her ramparts,(AP)
    view her citadels,(AQ)
that you may tell of them
    to the next generation.(AR)

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide(AS) even to the end.

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Revelation 11:14-19

14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.(A)

The Seventh Trumpet

15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet,(B) and there were loud voices(C) in heaven, which said:

“The kingdom of the world has become
    the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,(D)
    and he will reign for ever and ever.”(E)

16 And the twenty-four elders,(F) who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces(G) and worshiped God, 17 saying:

“We give thanks(H) to you, Lord God Almighty,(I)
    the One who is and who was,(J)
because you have taken your great power
    and have begun to reign.(K)
18 The nations were angry,(L)
    and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,(M)
    and for rewarding your servants the prophets(N)
and your people who revere your name,
    both great and small(O)
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

19 Then God’s temple(P) in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant.(Q) And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder,(R) an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.(S)

Luke 11:27-36

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”(A)

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God(B) and obey it.”(C)

The Sign of Jonah(D)

29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign,(E) but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.(F) 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom;(G) and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah;(H) and now something greater than Jonah is here.

The Lamp of the Body(I)

33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.(J) 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy,[b] your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

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