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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 Wed, Nov 20

Psalm 101

Psalm 101

Of David. A psalm.

I will sing of your love(A) and justice;
to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life(B)
when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs(C) of my house
with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
on anything that is vile.(D)

I hate what faithless people do;(E)
I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart(F) shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Whoever slanders their neighbor(G) in secret,
I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes(H) and a proud heart,
I will not tolerate.

My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless(I)
will minister to me.

No one who practices deceit
will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
will stand in my presence.

Every morning(J) I will put to silence
all the wicked(K) in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer(L)
from the city of the Lord.(M)

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Psalm 109:1-30

Psalm 109

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

My God, whom I praise,(A)
do not remain silent,(B)
for people who are wicked and deceitful(C)
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.(D)
With words of hatred(E) they surround me;
they attack me without cause.(F)
In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.(G)
They repay me evil for good,(H)
and hatred for my friendship.

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
let an accuser(I) stand at his right hand.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty,(J)
and may his prayers condemn(K) him.
May his days be few;(L)
may another take his place(M) of leadership.
May his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow.(N)
10 May his children be wandering beggars;(O)
may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.
11 May a creditor(P) seize all he has;
may strangers plunder(Q) the fruits of his labor.(R)
12 May no one extend kindness to him
or take pity(S) on his fatherless children.
13 May his descendants be cut off,(T)
their names blotted out(U) from the next generation.
14 May the iniquity of his fathers(V) be remembered before the Lord;
may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
15 May their sins always remain before(W) the Lord,
that he may blot out their name(X) from the earth.

16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,
but hounded to death the poor
and the needy(Y) and the brokenhearted.(Z)
17 He loved to pronounce a curse—
may it come back on him.(AA)
He found no pleasure in blessing—
may it be far from him.
18 He wore cursing(AB) as his garment;
it entered into his body like water,(AC)
into his bones like oil.
19 May it be like a cloak wrapped(AD) about him,
like a belt tied forever around him.
20 May this be the Lord’s payment(AE) to my accusers,
to those who speak evil(AF) of me.

21 But you, Sovereign Lord,
help me for your name’s sake;(AG)
out of the goodness of your love,(AH) deliver me.(AI)
22 For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is wounded within me.
23 I fade away like an evening shadow;(AJ)
I am shaken off like a locust.
24 My knees give(AK) way from fasting;(AL)
my body is thin and gaunt.(AM)
25 I am an object of scorn(AN) to my accusers;
when they see me, they shake their heads.(AO)

26 Help me,(AP) Lord my God;
save me according to your unfailing love.
27 Let them know(AQ) that it is your hand,
that you, Lord, have done it.
28 While they curse,(AR) may you bless;
may those who attack me be put to shame,
but may your servant rejoice.(AS)
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace
and wrapped in shame(AT) as in a cloak.

30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
in the great throng(AU) of worshipers I will praise him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 109:10 Septuagint; Hebrew sought
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Psalm 119:121-144

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;(A)
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;(B)
do not let the arrogant oppress me.(C)
123 My eyes fail,(D) looking for your salvation,(E)
looking for your righteous promise.(F)
124 Deal with your servant according to your love(G)
and teach me your decrees.(H)
125 I am your servant;(I) give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.(J)
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.(K)
127 Because I love your commands(L)
more than gold,(M) more than pure gold,(N)
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,(O)
I hate every wrong path.(P)

פ Pe

129 Your statutes are wonderful;(Q)
therefore I obey them.(R)
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;(S)
it gives understanding to the simple.(T)
131 I open my mouth and pant,(U)
longing for your commands.(V)
132 Turn to me(W) and have mercy(X) on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.(Y)
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;(Z)
let no sin rule(AA) over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,(AB)
that I may obey your precepts.(AC)
135 Make your face shine(AD) on your servant
and teach me your decrees.(AE)
136 Streams of tears(AF) flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed.(AG)

צ Tsadhe

137 You are righteous,(AH) Lord,
and your laws are right.(AI)
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;(AJ)
they are fully trustworthy.(AK)
139 My zeal wears me out,(AL)
for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises(AM) have been thoroughly tested,(AN)
and your servant loves them.(AO)
141 Though I am lowly and despised,(AP)
I do not forget your precepts.(AQ)
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.(AR)
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands give me delight.(AS)
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
give me understanding(AT) that I may live.

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Revelation 21:9-21

The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues(A) came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride,(B) the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away(C) in the Spirit(D) to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.(E) 11 It shone with the glory of God,(F) and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper,(G) clear as crystal.(H) 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates,(I) and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.(J) 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations,(K) and on them were the names of the twelve apostles(L) of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod(M) of gold to measure the city, its gates(N) and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[a] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human(O) measurement, and it was 144 cubits[b] thick.[c] 18 The wall was made of jasper,(P) and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.(Q) 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.(R) The first foundation was jasper,(S) the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby,(T) the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[d] 21 The twelve gates(U) were twelve pearls,(V) each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.(W)

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 21:16 That is, about 1,400 miles or about 2,200 kilometers
  2. Revelation 21:17 That is, about 200 feet or about 65 meters
  3. Revelation 21:17 Or high
  4. Revelation 21:20 The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.
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Matthew 17:22-27

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

22 When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man(A) is going to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 They will kill him,(B) and on the third day(C) he will be raised to life.”(D) And the disciples were filled with grief.

The Temple Tax

24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax(E) came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes(F)—from their own children or from others?”

26 “From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense,(G) go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

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