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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 Fri, Mar 5

Psalm 95

Psalm 95

Come,(A) let us sing for joy(B) to the Lord;
let us shout aloud(C) to the Rock(D) of our salvation.
Let us come before him(E) with thanksgiving(F)
and extol him with music(G) and song.

For the Lord is the great God,(H)
the great King(I) above all gods.(J)
In his hand are the depths of the earth,(K)
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.(L)

Come, let us bow down(M) in worship,(N)
let us kneel(O) before the Lord our Maker;(P)
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,(Q)
the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts(R) as you did at Meribah,[a](S)
as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,(T)
where your ancestors tested(U) me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years(V) I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,(W)
and they have not known my ways.’(X)
11 So I declared on oath(Y) in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”(Z)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 95:8 Meribah means quarreling.
  2. Psalm 95:8 Massah means testing.
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Psalm 69

Psalm 69[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

Save me, O God,
for the waters(A) have come up to my neck.(B)
I sink in the miry depths,(C)
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.
I am worn out calling for help;(D)
my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,(E)
looking for my God.
Those who hate me(F) without reason(G)
outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,(H)
those who seek to destroy me.(I)
I am forced to restore
what I did not steal.

You, God, know my folly;(J)
my guilt is not hidden from you.(K)

Lord, the Lord Almighty,
may those who hope in you
not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me.
For I endure scorn(L) for your sake,(M)
and shame covers my face.(N)
I am a foreigner to my own family,
a stranger to my own mother’s children;(O)
for zeal for your house consumes me,(P)
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.(Q)
10 When I weep and fast,(R)
I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,(S)
people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate(T) mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.(U)

13 But I pray to you, Lord,
in the time of your favor;(V)
in your great love,(W) O God,
answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
from the deep waters.(X)
15 Do not let the floodwaters(Y) engulf me
or the depths swallow me up(Z)
or the pit close its mouth over me.(AA)

16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;(AB)
in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face(AC) from your servant;
answer me quickly,(AD) for I am in trouble.(AE)
18 Come near and rescue me;
deliver(AF) me because of my foes.

19 You know how I am scorned,(AG) disgraced and shamed;
all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters,(AH) but I found none.(AI)
21 They put gall in my food
and gave me vinegar(AJ) for my thirst.(AK)

22 May the table set before them become a snare;
may it become retribution and[b] a trap.(AL)
23 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.(AM)
24 Pour out your wrath(AN) on them;
let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;(AO)
let there be no one to dwell in their tents.(AP)
26 For they persecute those you wound
and talk about the pain of those you hurt.(AQ)
27 Charge them with crime upon crime;(AR)
do not let them share in your salvation.(AS)
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life(AT)
and not be listed with the righteous.(AU)

29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—
may your salvation, God, protect me.(AV)

30 I will praise God’s name in song(AW)
and glorify him(AX) with thanksgiving.
31 This will please the Lord more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.(AY)
32 The poor will see and be glad(AZ)
you who seek God, may your hearts live!(BA)
33 The Lord hears the needy(BB)
and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,
the seas and all that move in them,(BC)
35 for God will save Zion(BD)
and rebuild the cities of Judah.(BE)
Then people will settle there and possess it;
36 the children of his servants will inherit it,(BF)
and those who love his name will dwell there.(BG)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 69:1 In Hebrew texts 69:1-36 is numbered 69:2-37.
  2. Psalm 69:22 Or snare / and their fellowship become

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 69:1 : S Ps 42:7
  2. Psalm 69:1 : Ps 32:6; Jnh 2:5
  3. Psalm 69:2 : S Job 30:19
  4. Psalm 69:3 : Ps 6:6
  5. Psalm 69:3 : Ps 119:82
  6. Psalm 69:4 : S Ps 25:19
  7. Psalm 69:4 : Jn 15:25*
  8. Psalm 69:4 : S Ps 35:19; 38:19
  9. Psalm 69:4 : Ps 40:14; 119:95; Isa 32:7
  10. Psalm 69:5 : Ps 38:5
  11. Psalm 69:5 : S Ps 44:21
  12. Psalm 69:7 : S Ps 39:8
  13. Psalm 69:7 : Jer 15:15
  14. Psalm 69:7 : Ps 44:15
  15. Psalm 69:8 : Job 19:13-15; Ps 31:11; 38:11; Isa 53:3; Jn 7:5
  16. Psalm 69:9 : Jn 2:17*
  17. Psalm 69:9 : Ps 89:50-51; Ro 15:3*
  18. Psalm 69:10 : S Ps 35:13
  19. Psalm 69:11 : S 2Sa 3:31; S Ps 35:13
  20. Psalm 69:12 : S Ge 18:1; S 23:10
  21. Psalm 69:12 : Job 30:9
  22. Psalm 69:13 : Isa 49:8; 2Co 6:2
  23. Psalm 69:13 : S Ps 17:7; 51:1
  24. Psalm 69:14 : ver 2; Ps 144:7
  25. Psalm 69:15 : Ps 124:4-5
  26. Psalm 69:15 : Nu 16:33
  27. Psalm 69:15 : Ps 28:1
  28. Psalm 69:16 : S Ps 63:3
  29. Psalm 69:17 : S Ps 22:24
  30. Psalm 69:17 : Ps 143:7
  31. Psalm 69:17 : S Ps 50:15; 66:14
  32. Psalm 69:18 : Ps 49:15
  33. Psalm 69:19 : S Ps 22:6
  34. Psalm 69:20 : Job 16:2
  35. Psalm 69:20 : Ps 142:4; Isa 63:5
  36. Psalm 69:21 : S Nu 6:3; Mt 27:48; Mk 15:36; Lk 23:36
  37. Psalm 69:21 : Mt 27:34; Mk 15:23; Jn 19:28-30
  38. Psalm 69:22 : S 1Sa 28:9; S Job 18:10
  39. Psalm 69:23 : Ro 11:9-10*
  40. Psalm 69:24 : Ps 79:6; Jer 10:25
  41. Psalm 69:25 : S Lev 26:43; Mt 23:38
  42. Psalm 69:25 : Ac 1:20*
  43. Psalm 69:26 : S Job 19:22; Zec 1:15
  44. Psalm 69:27 : Ne 4:5
  45. Psalm 69:27 : Ps 109:14
  46. Psalm 69:28 : Ex 32:32-33; S Lk 10:20
  47. Psalm 69:28 : Eze 13:9
  48. Psalm 69:29 : S Ps 20:1
  49. Psalm 69:30 : Ps 28:7
  50. Psalm 69:30 : Ps 34:3
  51. Psalm 69:31 : Ps 50:9-13; 51:16
  52. Psalm 69:32 : S Ps 34:2
  53. Psalm 69:32 : Ps 22:26
  54. Psalm 69:33 : Ps 12:5
  55. Psalm 69:34 : Ps 96:11; 98:7; Isa 44:23
  56. Psalm 69:35 : Ob 1:17
  57. Psalm 69:35 : S Ezr 9:9; S Ps 51:18
  58. Psalm 69:36 : Ps 25:13
  59. Psalm 69:36 : S Ps 37:29
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Psalm 73

BOOK III

Psalms 73–89

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.(A)

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;(B)
I had nearly lost my foothold.(C)
For I envied(D) the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.(E)

They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
They are free(F) from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride(G) is their necklace;(H)
they clothe themselves with violence.(I)
From their callous hearts(J) comes iniquity[b];
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;(K)
with arrogance(L) they threaten oppression.(M)
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.[c]
11 They say, “How would God know?
Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
always free of care,(N) they go on amassing wealth.(O)

13 Surely in vain(P) I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence.(Q)
14 All day long I have been afflicted,(R)
and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand(S) all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary(T) of God;
then I understood their final destiny.(U)

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;(V)
you cast them down to ruin.(W)
19 How suddenly(X) are they destroyed,
completely swept away(Y) by terrors!
20 They are like a dream(Z) when one awakes;(AA)
when you arise, Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.(AB)

21 When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless(AC) and ignorant;
I was a brute beast(AD) before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.(AE)
24 You guide(AF) me with your counsel,(AG)
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?(AH)
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.(AI)
26 My flesh and my heart(AJ) may fail,(AK)
but God is the strength(AL) of my heart
and my portion(AM) forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;(AN)
you destroy all who are unfaithful(AO) to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.(AP)
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;(AQ)
I will tell of all your deeds.(AR)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 73:4 With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text struggles at their death; / their bodies are healthy
  2. Psalm 73:7 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew Their eyes bulge with fat
  3. Psalm 73:10 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
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Jeremiah 5:1-9

Not One Is Upright

“Go up and down(A) the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,(B)
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person(C)
who deals honestly(D) and seeks the truth,
I will forgive(E) this city.
Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’(F)
still they are swearing falsely.(G)

Lord, do not your eyes(H) look for truth?
You struck(I) them, but they felt no pain;
you crushed them, but they refused correction.(J)
They made their faces harder than stone(K)
and refused to repent.(L)
I thought, “These are only the poor;
they are foolish,(M)
for they do not know(N) the way of the Lord,
the requirements of their God.
So I will go to the leaders(O)
and speak to them;
surely they know the way of the Lord,
the requirements of their God.”
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke
and torn off the bonds.(P)
Therefore a lion from the forest(Q) will attack them,
a wolf from the desert will ravage(R) them,
a leopard(S) will lie in wait near their towns
to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
and their backslidings many.(T)

“Why should I forgive you?
Your children have forsaken me
and sworn(U) by gods that are not gods.(V)
I supplied all their needs,
yet they committed adultery(W)
and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.(X)
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
each neighing for another man’s wife.(Y)
Should I not punish them for this?”(Z)
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(AA) myself
on such a nation as this?

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Romans 2:25-3:18

25 Circumcision has value if you observe the law,(A) but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.(B) 26 So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements,(C) will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?(D) 27 The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you(E) who, even though you have the[a] written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly,(F) nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.(G) 29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart,(H) by the Spirit,(I) not by the written code.(J) Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.(K)

God’s Faithfulness

What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way!(L) First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.(M)

What if some were unfaithful?(N) Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?(O) Not at all! Let God be true,(P) and every human being a liar.(Q) As it is written:

“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.”[b](R)

But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly,(S) what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)(T) Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?(U) Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory,(V) why am I still condemned as a sinner?”(W) Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”?(X) Their condemnation is just!

No One Is Righteous

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage?(Y) Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.(Z) 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”[c](AA)
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”[d](AB)
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[e](AC)
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[f](AD)
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[g](AE)
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[h](AF)

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 2:27 Or who, by means of a
  2. Romans 3:4 Psalm 51:4
  3. Romans 3:12 Psalms 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Eccles. 7:20
  4. Romans 3:13 Psalm 5:9
  5. Romans 3:13 Psalm 140:3
  6. Romans 3:14 Psalm 10:7 (see Septuagint)
  7. Romans 3:17 Isaiah 59:7,8
  8. Romans 3:18 Psalm 36:1
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John 5:30-47

30 By myself I can do nothing;(A) I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just,(B) for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.(C)

Testimonies About Jesus

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.(D) 32 There is another who testifies in my favor,(E) and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified(F) to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony;(G) but I mention it that you may be saved.(H) 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light,(I) and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John.(J) For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing(K)—testify that the Father has sent me.(L) 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me.(M) You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,(N) 38 nor does his word dwell in you,(O) for you do not believe(P) the one he sent.(Q) 39 You study[a] the Scriptures(R) diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.(S) These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,(T) 40 yet you refuse to come to me(U) to have life.

41 “I do not accept glory from human beings,(V) 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God[b]?(W)

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses,(X) on whom your hopes are set.(Y) 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.(Z) 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”(AA)

Footnotes:

  1. John 5:39 Or 39 Study
  2. John 5:44 Some early manuscripts the Only One
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