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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, Sep 17

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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2 Kings 1:2-17

Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers,(A) saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub,(B) the god of Ekron,(C) to see if I will recover(D) from this injury.”

But the angel(E) of the Lord said to Elijah(F) the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel(G) that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave(H) the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.

When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave(I) the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?”

They replied, “He had a garment of hair[a](J) and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

Then he sent(K) to Elijah a captain(L) with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire(M) fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life(N) and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”

15 The angel(O) of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid(P) of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

16 He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers(Q) to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave(R) the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” 17 So he died,(S) according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.

Because Ahaziah had no son, Joram[b](T) succeeded him as king in the second year of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat king of Judah.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Kings 1:8 Or He was a hairy man
  2. 2 Kings 1:17 Hebrew Jehoram, a variant of Joram
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1 Corinthians 3:16-23

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple(A) and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?(B) 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise(C) by the standards of this age,(D) you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness(E) in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a];(F) 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b](G) 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders!(H) All things are yours,(I) 22 whether Paul or Apollos(J) or Cephas[c](K) or the world or life or death or the present or the future(L)—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ,(M) and Christ is of God.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:19 Job 5:13
  2. 1 Corinthians 3:20 Psalm 94:11
  3. 1 Corinthians 3:22 That is, Peter
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Matthew 5:11-16

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you,(A) persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.(B) 12 Rejoice and be glad,(C) because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.(D)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.(E)

14 “You are the light of the world.(F) A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.(G) 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others,(H) that they may see your good deeds(I) and glorify(J) your Father in heaven.

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