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The congregation of Countryside is encouraged to not only read ahead in the texts we will be sharing and studying together during our services, but also to personally read the Scriptures together as a congregation. Here you will find Scripture for the day (a Psalm for each morning (always at least the first Psalm) and night, and selections from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels), as well as weekly and daily prayers. Together we read through the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament every two years. The Scripture selections, and the prayers, are from common sources used by most Christians throughout the world.

The historic church found expression in the same rhythms of worship and devotion that were evident in the early church, and among the Hebrews, God's people, before that.  Our hope is that the regular reminder will be of encouragement to us all to join the people of God in reading the Scriptures and praying. Both are meant to go together with our daily prayer and communion service.

Reading for Wed, Mar 20

Psalm 72

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.

Endow the king with your justice,(A) O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,(B)
your afflicted ones with justice.

May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
May he defend the afflicted(C) among the people
and save the children of the needy;(D)
may he crush the oppressor.(E)
May he endure[a](F) as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.(G)
May he be like rain(H) falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
In his days may the righteous flourish(I)
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River[b](J) to the ends of the earth.(K)
May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish(L) and of distant shores(M)
bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba(N) and Seba
present him gifts.(O)
11 May all kings bow down(P) to him
and all nations serve(Q) him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity(R) on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue(S) them from oppression and violence,
for precious(T) is their blood in his sight.

15 Long may he live!
May gold from Sheba(U) be given him.
May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.(V)
16 May grain(W) abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops(X) flourish like Lebanon(Y)
and thrive[c] like the grass of the field.(Z)
17 May his name endure forever;(AA)
may it continue as long as the sun.(AB)

Then all nations will be blessed through him,[d]
and they will call him blessed.(AC)

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,(AD)
who alone does marvelous deeds.(AE)
19 Praise be to his glorious name(AF) forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.(AG)
Amen and Amen.(AH)

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.(AI)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 72:5 Septuagint; Hebrew You will be feared
  2. Psalm 72:8 That is, the Euphrates
  3. Psalm 72:16 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text Lebanon, / from the city
  4. Psalm 72:17 Or will use his name in blessings (see Gen. 48:20)
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Psalm 119:73-96

י Yodh

73 Your hands made me(A) and formed me;
give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice(B) when they see me,
for I have put my hope in your word.(C)
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,(D)
and that in faithfulness(E) you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love(F) be my comfort,
according to your promise(G) to your servant.
77 Let your compassion(H) come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.(I)
78 May the arrogant(J) be put to shame for wronging me without cause;(K)
but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
those who understand your statutes.(L)
80 May I wholeheartedly follow(M) your decrees,(N)
that I may not be put to shame.(O)

כ Kaph

81 My soul faints(P) with longing for your salvation,(Q)
but I have put my hope(R) in your word.
82 My eyes fail,(S) looking for your promise;(T)
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget(U) your decrees.
84 How long(V) must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?(W)
85 The arrogant(X) dig pits(Y) to trap me,
contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;(Z)
help me,(AA) for I am being persecuted(AB) without cause.(AC)
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
but I have not forsaken(AD) your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love(AE) preserve my life,(AF)
that I may obey the statutes(AG) of your mouth.

ל Lamedh

89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;(AH)
it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness(AI) continues through all generations;(AJ)
you established the earth, and it endures.(AK)
91 Your laws endure(AL) to this day,
for all things serve you.(AM)
92 If your law had not been my delight,(AN)
I would have perished in my affliction.(AO)
93 I will never forget(AP) your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.(AQ)
94 Save me,(AR) for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.(AS)
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,(AT)
but I will ponder your statutes.(AU)
96 To all perfection I see a limit,
but your commands are boundless.(AV)

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 119:73 : S Ge 1:27; S Job 4:17; 10:8; Ps 138:8; 139:13-16
  2. Psalm 119:74 : S Ps 34:2
  3. Psalm 119:74 : ver 9; Ps 130:5
  4. Psalm 119:75 : ver 7, 138, 172
  5. Psalm 119:75 : Heb 12:5-11
  6. Psalm 119:76 : Ps 6:4
  7. Psalm 119:76 : S ver 41
  8. Psalm 119:77 : Ps 90:13; 103:13
  9. Psalm 119:77 : S ver 47
  10. Psalm 119:78 : ver 51; Jer 50:32
  11. Psalm 119:78 : ver 86, 161; Ps 35:19
  12. Psalm 119:79 : ver 27, 125
  13. Psalm 119:80 : ver 1; S 1Ki 8:61
  14. Psalm 119:80 : S Ge 26:5
  15. Psalm 119:80 : S ver 6
  16. Psalm 119:81 : ver 20; Ps 84:2
  17. Psalm 119:81 : ver 123
  18. Psalm 119:81 : S ver 43
  19. Psalm 119:82 : S Ps 6:7; 69:3; La 2:11
  20. Psalm 119:82 : ver 41, 123
  21. Psalm 119:83 : S ver 61
  22. Psalm 119:84 : Ps 6:3; Rev 6:10
  23. Psalm 119:84 : ver 51; Jer 12:3; 15:15; 20:11
  24. Psalm 119:85 : ver 51
  25. Psalm 119:85 : Ps 35:7; 57:6; Jer 18:20, 22
  26. Psalm 119:86 : ver 138
  27. Psalm 119:86 : S Ps 109:26
  28. Psalm 119:86 : S Ps 7:1
  29. Psalm 119:86 : S ver 78
  30. Psalm 119:87 : ver 150; Isa 1:4, 28; 58:2; 59:13
  31. Psalm 119:88 : ver 124; Ps 51:1; 109:26
  32. Psalm 119:88 : S Ps 41:2
  33. Psalm 119:88 : ver 2, 100, 129, 134, 168
  34. Psalm 119:89 : ver 111, 144; S Ps 111:8; Isa 51:6; S Mt 5:18; 1Pe 1:25
  35. Psalm 119:90 : S Ps 36:5
  36. Psalm 119:90 : S Ps 45:17
  37. Psalm 119:90 : S Job 8:19; Ps 148:6
  38. Psalm 119:91 : Jer 33:25
  39. Psalm 119:91 : Ps 104:2-4; Jer 31:35
  40. Psalm 119:92 : Ps 37:4; S 112:1
  41. Psalm 119:92 : ver 50, 67
  42. Psalm 119:93 : ver 83
  43. Psalm 119:93 : S Ps 103:5
  44. Psalm 119:94 : ver 146; Ps 54:1; 116:4; Jer 17:14; 31:18; 42:11
  45. Psalm 119:94 : S ver 45
  46. Psalm 119:95 : S Ps 69:4
  47. Psalm 119:95 : ver 99
  48. Psalm 119:96 : Ps 19:7
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Jeremiah 3:6-18

Unfaithful Israel

During the reign of King Josiah,(A) the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless(B) Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree(C) and has committed adultery(D) there. I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister(E) Judah saw it.(F) I gave faithless Israel(G) her certificate of divorce(H) and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear;(I) she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land(J) and committed adultery(K) with stone(L) and wood.(M) 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return(N) to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,(O)” declares the Lord.(P)

11 The Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous(Q) than unfaithful(R) Judah.(S) 12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:(T)

“‘Return,(U) faithless(V) Israel,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’(W) declares the Lord,
‘I will not be angry(X) forever.
13 Only acknowledge(Y) your guilt—
you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
you have scattered your favors to foreign gods(Z)
under every spreading tree,(AA)
and have not obeyed(AB) me,’”
declares the Lord.

14 “Return,(AC) faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.(AD) I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherds(AE) after my own heart,(AF) who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark(AG) of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered;(AH) it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne(AI) of the Lord, and all nations(AJ) will gather in Jerusalem to honor(AK) the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.(AL) 18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel,(AM) and together(AN) they will come from a northern(AO) land to the land(AP) I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.

Cross references:

  1. Jeremiah 3:6 : S 1Ch 3:14
  2. Jeremiah 3:6 : ver 12, 22; S Isa 24:16; Jer 31:22; 49:4
  3. Jeremiah 3:6 : S Dt 12:2; Jer 17:2; Eze 20:28; Hos 4:13
  4. Jeremiah 3:6 : S Lev 17:7; Jer 2:20
  5. Jeremiah 3:7 : Eze 16:46; 23:2, 11
  6. Jeremiah 3:7 : Am 4:8
  7. Jeremiah 3:8 : Jer 11:10
  8. Jeremiah 3:8 : S Dt 4:27; S 24:1
  9. Jeremiah 3:8 : Eze 16:47; 23:11
  10. Jeremiah 3:9 : ver 2
  11. Jeremiah 3:9 : S Lev 17:7; S Isa 1:21
  12. Jeremiah 3:9 : S Isa 57:6
  13. Jeremiah 3:9 : Jer 2:27
  14. Jeremiah 3:10 : Isa 31:6; Am 4:9; Hag 2:17
  15. Jeremiah 3:10 : Jer 12:2; Eze 33:31
  16. Jeremiah 3:10 : S 2Ki 17:19
  17. Jeremiah 3:11 : Eze 16:52; 23:11
  18. Jeremiah 3:11 : ver 7
  19. Jeremiah 3:11 : S Jer 2:19
  20. Jeremiah 3:12 : 2Ki 17:3-6
  21. Jeremiah 3:12 : ver 14; S Dt 4:30; Jer 31:21, 22; Eze 14:6; 33:11; Hos 14:1
  22. Jeremiah 3:12 : S ver 6
  23. Jeremiah 3:12 : S 1Ki 3:26; S Ps 6:2
  24. Jeremiah 3:12 : S Ps 103:9; S Isa 54:9
  25. Jeremiah 3:13 : Dt 30:1-3; Jer 14:20; 1Jn 1:9
  26. Jeremiah 3:13 : S Jer 2:25
  27. Jeremiah 3:13 : S Dt 12:2
  28. Jeremiah 3:13 : ver 25; Jer 22:21
  29. Jeremiah 3:14 : S ver 12; S Job 22:23; Jer 4:1
  30. Jeremiah 3:14 : S Isa 54:5
  31. Jeremiah 3:15 : S Isa 31:4
  32. Jeremiah 3:15 : Ac 13:22
  33. Jeremiah 3:16 : S Nu 3:31; S 1Ch 15:25
  34. Jeremiah 3:16 : S Isa 65:17
  35. Jeremiah 3:17 : S Ps 47:8; Jer 17:12; 33:16; Eze 1:26; 43:7; 48:35
  36. Jeremiah 3:17 : S Isa 2:3; Mic 4:1
  37. Jeremiah 3:17 : S Ps 22:23; Jer 13:11; 33:9
  38. Jeremiah 3:17 : Ps 81:12; Jer 7:24; 9:14; 11:8; 13:10; 16:12; 18:12
  39. Jeremiah 3:18 : Jer 30:3; Eze 37:19
  40. Jeremiah 3:18 : S Isa 11:13; Jer 50:4
  41. Jeremiah 3:18 : Jer 16:15; 31:8
  42. Jeremiah 3:18 : Dt 31:7; S Isa 14:1; Eze 11:17; 37:22; Am 9:15
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Romans 1:28-2:11

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over(A) to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,(B) 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;(C) 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love,(D) no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,(E) they not only continue to do these very things but also approve(F) of those who practice them.

God’s Righteous Judgment

You, therefore, have no excuse,(G) you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.(H) Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches(I) of his kindness,(J) forbearance(K) and patience,(L) not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?(M)

But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath(N), when his righteous judgment(O) will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”[a](P) To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor(Q) and immortality,(R) he will give eternal life.(S) But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil,(T) there will be wrath and anger.(U) There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:(V) first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;(W) 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.(X) 11 For God does not show favoritism.(Y)

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 2:6 Psalm 62:12; Prov. 24:12
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John 5:1-18

The Healing at the Pool

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate(A) a pool, which in Aramaic(B) is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”(C) At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,(D) 10 and so the Jewish leaders(E) said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”(F)

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning(G) or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders(H) that it was Jesus who had made him well.

The Authority of the Son

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father(I) is always at his work(J) to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him;(K) not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.(L)

Footnotes:

  1. John 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethzatha; other manuscripts Bethsaida
  2. John 5:4 Some manuscripts include here, wholly or in part, paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had.
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