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Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church


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 Thu, Dec 14

Psalm 37

Psalm 37[a]

Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious(A) of those who do wrong;(B)
for like the grass they will soon wither,(C)
like green plants they will soon die away.(D)

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land(E) and enjoy safe pasture.(F)
Take delight(G) in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.(H)

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him(I) and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward(J) shine like the dawn,(K)
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still(L) before the Lord
and wait patiently(M) for him;
do not fret(N) when people succeed in their ways,(O)
when they carry out their wicked schemes.(P)

Refrain from anger(Q) and turn from wrath;
do not fret(R)—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,(S)
but those who hope(T) in the Lord will inherit the land.(U)

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;(V)
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land(W)
and enjoy peace and prosperity.(X)

12 The wicked plot(Y) against the righteous
and gnash their teeth(Z) at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.(AA)

14 The wicked draw the sword(AB)
and bend the bow(AC)
to bring down the poor and needy,(AD)
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,(AE)
and their bows will be broken.(AF)

16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth(AG) of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,(AH)
but the Lord upholds(AI) the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,(AJ)
and their inheritance will endure forever.(AK)
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20 But the wicked will perish:(AL)
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.(AM)

21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;(AN)
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses(AO) will be destroyed.(AP)

23 The Lord makes firm the steps(AQ)
of the one who delights(AR) in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,(AS)
for the Lord upholds(AT) him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken(AU)
or their children begging(AV) bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;(AW)
their children will be a blessing.[b](AX)

27 Turn from evil and do good;(AY)
then you will dwell in the land forever.(AZ)
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.(BA)

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.(BB)
29 The righteous will inherit the land(BC)
and dwell in it forever.(BD)

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,(BE)
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;(BF)
their feet do not slip.(BG)

32 The wicked lie in wait(BH) for the righteous,(BI)
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned(BJ) when brought to trial.(BK)

34 Hope in the Lord(BL)
and keep his way.(BM)
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed,(BN) you will see(BO) it.

35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing(BP) like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.(BQ)

37 Consider the blameless,(BR) observe the upright;(BS)
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d](BT)
38 But all sinners(BU) will be destroyed;(BV)
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.(BW)

39 The salvation(BX) of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.(BY)
40 The Lord helps(BZ) them and delivers(CA) them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves(CB) them,
because they take refuge(CC) in him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 37:26 Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed
  3. Psalm 37:28 See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected forever
  4. Psalm 37:37 Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterity
  5. Psalm 37:38 Or posterity

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 37:1 : Pr 3:31; 23:17-18
  2. Psalm 37:1 : Ps 73:3; Pr 24:19
  3. Psalm 37:2 : S 2Ki 19:26; Job 14:2; Ps 102:4; Isa 40:7
  4. Psalm 37:2 : ver 38; Ps 90:6; 92:7; Jas 1:10
  5. Psalm 37:3 : Dt 30:20
  6. Psalm 37:3 : Eze 34:14; Jn 10:9
  7. Psalm 37:4 : S Job 27:10
  8. Psalm 37:4 : S Job 7:6; Ps 21:2; 145:19; Mt 6:33
  9. Psalm 37:5 : Ps 4:5
  10. Psalm 37:6 : Ps 18:24; 103:17; 112:3
  11. Psalm 37:6 : S Job 11:17
  12. Psalm 37:7 : S Ex 14:14; S Isa 41:1
  13. Psalm 37:7 : S Ps 27:14; 40:1; 130:5; Isa 38:13; Hab 3:16; Ro 8:25
  14. Psalm 37:7 : ver 1
  15. Psalm 37:7 : Jer 12:1
  16. Psalm 37:7 : Ps 21:11; 26:10; 119:150
  17. Psalm 37:8 : Eph 4:31; Col 3:8
  18. Psalm 37:8 : ver 1
  19. Psalm 37:9 : S Ps 31:22; 101:8; 118:10; Pr 2:22
  20. Psalm 37:9 : Isa 25:9; 26:8; 40:31; 49:23; 51:5
  21. Psalm 37:9 : ver 22; Ps 25:13; Isa 49:8; 57:13; Mt 5:5
  22. Psalm 37:10 : S Job 7:10; Eze 27:36
  23. Psalm 37:11 : S Nu 14:24; Mt 5:5
  24. Psalm 37:11 : S Lev 26:6; S Nu 6:26
  25. Psalm 37:12 : Ps 2:1; 31:13
  26. Psalm 37:12 : S Job 16:9; Ps 35:16; 112:10
  27. Psalm 37:13 : 1Sa 26:10; Eze 12:23
  28. Psalm 37:14 : S Ps 22:20
  29. Psalm 37:14 : Ps 11:2
  30. Psalm 37:14 : S Ps 35:10
  31. Psalm 37:15 : S Ps 9:16
  32. Psalm 37:15 : S 1Sa 2:4; Ps 46:9; Jer 49:35
  33. Psalm 37:16 : Pr 15:16; 16:8
  34. Psalm 37:17 : Job 38:15; Ps 10:15
  35. Psalm 37:17 : Ps 41:12; 140:12; 145:14; 146:7
  36. Psalm 37:18 : S Job 23:10; Ps 44:21
  37. Psalm 37:18 : ver 27, 29
  38. Psalm 37:20 : S Ps 34:21
  39. Psalm 37:20 : Ps 68:2; 102:3; Isa 51:6
  40. Psalm 37:21 : S Lev 25:35; Ps 112:5
  41. Psalm 37:22 : S Job 5:3
  42. Psalm 37:22 : ver 9
  43. Psalm 37:23 : S Job 11:15; S Ps 7:9; 66:9
  44. Psalm 37:23 : S Nu 14:8; Ps 147:11
  45. Psalm 37:24 : S Ps 13:4; 27:2; 38:17; 55:22; 119:165; Pr 3:23; 10:9
  46. Psalm 37:24 : 2Ch 9:8; Ps 41:12; 145:14
  47. Psalm 37:25 : ver 28; S Ge 15:1; Heb 13:5
  48. Psalm 37:25 : Ps 111:5; 145:15; Mk 10:46
  49. Psalm 37:26 : S Lev 25:35
  50. Psalm 37:26 : Dt 28:4; Ps 112:2
  51. Psalm 37:27 : Ps 34:14; 3Jn 1:11
  52. Psalm 37:27 : S Nu 24:21
  53. Psalm 37:28 : S Dt 7:6; S Ps 18:25; S 97:10
  54. Psalm 37:28 : S Ge 17:14; S Dt 32:26; Pr 2:22
  55. Psalm 37:29 : ver 9; Pr 2:21
  56. Psalm 37:29 : Isa 34:17
  57. Psalm 37:30 : Ps 49:3; Pr 10:13
  58. Psalm 37:31 : S Dt 6:6; S Job 22:22
  59. Psalm 37:31 : S Dt 32:35
  60. Psalm 37:32 : S Ps 10:8
  61. Psalm 37:32 : Ps 11:5
  62. Psalm 37:33 : Job 32:3; Ps 34:22; 79:11
  63. Psalm 37:33 : 2Pe 2:9
  64. Psalm 37:34 : Ps 27:14
  65. Psalm 37:34 : S Ps 18:21
  66. Psalm 37:34 : ver 9
  67. Psalm 37:34 : Ps 52:6
  68. Psalm 37:35 : S Job 5:3
  69. Psalm 37:36 : ver 10; Pr 12:7; Isa 41:12; Da 11:19
  70. Psalm 37:37 : ver 18; S Ge 6:9; Ps 18:25
  71. Psalm 37:37 : Ps 11:7
  72. Psalm 37:37 : Isa 57:1-2
  73. Psalm 37:38 : S Ps 1:1
  74. Psalm 37:38 : S ver 2; Ps 73:19
  75. Psalm 37:38 : ver 9
  76. Psalm 37:39 : S Ps 3:8
  77. Psalm 37:39 : S Ps 9:9
  78. Psalm 37:40 : S 1Ch 5:20; S Ps 20:2
  79. Psalm 37:40 : S Ps 34:7
  80. Psalm 37:40 : S Ps 18:48
  81. Psalm 37:40 : Ps 2:12
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Amos 9:1-10

Israel to Be Destroyed

I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:

“Strike the tops of the pillars
so that the thresholds shake.
Bring them down on the heads(A) of all the people;
those who are left I will kill with the sword.
Not one will get away,
none will escape.(B)
Though they dig down to the depths below,(C)
from there my hand will take them.
Though they climb up to the heavens above,(D)
from there I will bring them down.(E)
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel,(F)
there I will hunt them down and seize them.(G)
Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea,(H)
there I will command the serpent(I) to bite them.(J)
Though they are driven into exile by their enemies,
there I will command the sword(K) to slay them.

“I will keep my eye on them
for harm(L) and not for good.(M)(N)

The Lord, the Lord Almighty—
he touches the earth and it melts,(O)
and all who live in it mourn;
the whole land rises like the Nile,
then sinks like the river of Egypt;(P)
he builds his lofty palace[a](Q) in the heavens
and sets its foundation[b] on the earth;
he calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is his name.(R)

“Are not you Israelites
the same to me as the Cushites[c]?”(S)
declares the Lord.
“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
the Philistines(T) from Caphtor[d](U)
and the Arameans from Kir?(V)

“Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord
are on the sinful kingdom.
I will destroy(W) it
from the face of the earth.
Yet I will not totally destroy
the descendants of Jacob,”
declares the Lord.(X)
“For I will give the command,
and I will shake the people of Israel
among all the nations
as grain(Y) is shaken in a sieve,(Z)
and not a pebble will reach the ground.(AA)
10 All the sinners among my people
will die by the sword,(AB)
all those who say,
‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’(AC)

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 9:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Amos 9:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  3. Amos 9:7 That is, people from the upper Nile region
  4. Amos 9:7 That is, Crete
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Revelation 2:8-17

To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna(A) write:

These are the words of him who is the First and the Last,(B) who died and came to life again.(C) I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!(D) I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not,(E) but are a synagogue of Satan.(F) 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,(G) and you will suffer persecution for ten days.(H) Be faithful,(I) even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.(J)

11 Whoever has ears, let them hear(K) what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.(L)

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum(M) write:

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.(N) 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me,(O) not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness,(P) who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.(Q)

14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:(R) There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,(S) who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols(T) and committed sexual immorality.(U) 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.(V) 16 Repent(W) therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.(X)

17 Whoever has ears, let them hear(Y) what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious,(Z) I will give some of the hidden manna.(AA) I will also give that person a white stone with a new name(AB) written on it, known only to the one who receives it.(AC)

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Matthew 23:13-26

Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!(A) You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.(B) [14] [a]

15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert,(C) and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell(D) as you are.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides!(E) You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’(F) 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?(G) 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?(H) 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells(I) in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.(J)

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth(K) of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.(L) You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides!(M) You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish,(N) but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.(O) 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 23:14 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47.
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