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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 Mon, Jul 23

Psalm 41

Psalm 41[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed(A) are those who have regard for the weak;(B)
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(C)
The Lord protects(D) and preserves them—(E)
they are counted among the blessed in the land—(F)
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(G)
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(H)
and restores them from their bed of illness.(I)

I said, “Have mercy(J) on me, Lord;
heal(K) me, for I have sinned(L) against you.”
My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?(M)
When one of them comes to see me,
he speaks falsely,(N) while his heart gathers slander;(O)
then he goes out and spreads(P) it around.

All my enemies whisper together(Q) against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,
“A vile disease has afflicted him;
he will never get up(R) from the place where he lies.”
Even my close friend,(S)
someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
has turned[b] against me.(T)

10 But may you have mercy(U) on me, Lord;
raise me up,(V) that I may repay(W) them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,(X)
for my enemy does not triumph over me.(Y)
12 Because of my integrity(Z) you uphold me(AA)
and set me in your presence forever.(AB)

13 Praise(AC) be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(AD)
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.(AE)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.
  2. Psalm 41:9 Hebrew has lifted up his heel
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Psalm 52

Psalm 52[a]

For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. When Doeg the Edomite(A) had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast(B) all day long,(C)
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,(D)
your tongue plots destruction;(E)
it is like a sharpened razor.(F)
You love evil(G) rather than good,
falsehood(H) rather than speaking the truth.[c]
You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!(I)

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck(J) you from your tent;
he will uproot(K) you from the land of the living.(L)
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh(M) at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold(N)
but trusted in his great wealth(O)
and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree(P)
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust(Q) in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you(R)
in the presence of your faithful people.(S)
And I will hope in your name,(T)
for your name is good.(U)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 52:1 In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.
  2. Psalm 52:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 52:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.
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Psalm 44

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

We have heard it with our ears,(A) O God;
our ancestors have told us(B)
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.(C)
With your hand you drove out(D) the nations
and planted(E) our ancestors;
you crushed(F) the peoples
and made our ancestors flourish.(G)
It was not by their sword(H) that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(I) your arm,(J)
and the light(K) of your face, for you loved(L) them.

You are my King(M) and my God,(N)
who decrees[c] victories(O) for Jacob.
Through you we push back(P) our enemies;
through your name we trample(Q) our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,(R)
my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory(S) over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.(T)
In God we make our boast(U) all day long,(V)
and we will praise your name forever.[d](W)

But now you have rejected(X) and humbled us;(Y)
you no longer go out with our armies.(Z)
10 You made us retreat(AA) before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plundered(AB) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(AC)
and have scattered us among the nations.(AD)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(AE)
gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach(AF) to our neighbors,(AG)
the scorn(AH) and derision(AI) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(AJ) among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads(AK) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(AL) all day long,
and my face is covered with shame(AM)
16 at the taunts(AN) of those who reproach and revile(AO) me,
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(AP)

17 All this came upon us,
though we had not forgotten(AQ) you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(AR) back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(AS) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(AT)
you covered us over with deep darkness.(AU)

20 If we had forgotten(AV) the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(AW)
21 would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?(AX)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep(AY) to be slaughtered.(AZ)

23 Awake,(BA) Lord! Why do you sleep?(BB)
Rouse yourself!(BC) Do not reject us forever.(BD)
24 Why do you hide your face(BE)
and forget(BF) our misery and oppression?(BG)

25 We are brought down to the dust;(BH)
our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(BI) and help us;
rescue(BJ) us because of your unfailing love.(BK)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  2. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command
  4. Psalm 44:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 44:1 : 2Sa 7:22; 1Ch 17:20; Jer 26:11
  2. Psalm 44:1 : S Jdg 6:13
  3. Psalm 44:1 : S Dt 32:7; S Job 37:23
  4. Psalm 44:2 : S Jos 3:10; Ac 7:45
  5. Psalm 44:2 : S Ex 15:17; S Isa 60:21
  6. Psalm 44:2 : S Jdg 4:23; S 2Ch 14:13
  7. Psalm 44:2 : Ps 80:9; Jer 32:23
  8. Psalm 44:3 : Jos 24:12
  9. Psalm 44:3 : Ps 78:54
  10. Psalm 44:3 : Ex 15:16; Ps 77:15; 79:11; 89:10; 98:1; Isa 40:10; 52:10; 63:5
  11. Psalm 44:3 : Ps 89:15
  12. Psalm 44:3 : S Dt 4:37
  13. Psalm 44:4 : S Ps 24:7
  14. Psalm 44:4 : Ps 5:2
  15. Psalm 44:4 : S Ps 21:5
  16. Psalm 44:5 : S Jos 23:5
  17. Psalm 44:5 : Ps 60:12; 108:13
  18. Psalm 44:6 : Ge 48:22; Hos 1:7
  19. Psalm 44:7 : S Dt 20:4
  20. Psalm 44:7 : S Job 8:22
  21. Psalm 44:8 : S Ps 34:2; 1Co 1:31; 2Co 10:17
  22. Psalm 44:8 : Ps 52:1
  23. Psalm 44:8 : S Ps 30:12
  24. Psalm 44:9 : S Ps 43:2
  25. Psalm 44:9 : S Dt 8:3; S 31:17; Ps 107:39; Isa 5:15
  26. Psalm 44:9 : S Jos 7:12; Ps 108:11
  27. Psalm 44:10 : S Lev 26:17
  28. Psalm 44:10 : S Jdg 2:14
  29. Psalm 44:11 : ver 22; Jer 12:3
  30. Psalm 44:11 : S Lev 26:33; S Ps 9:11; Eze 6:8; Zec 2:6
  31. Psalm 44:12 : S Dt 32:30; Isa 52:3; Jer 15:13; 50:1; 52:3
  32. Psalm 44:13 : S 2Ch 29:8; Isa 30:3; Jer 25:9; 42:18; 44:8
  33. Psalm 44:13 : Ps 79:4; 80:6; 89:41
  34. Psalm 44:13 : S Dt 28:37; S Mic 2:6
  35. Psalm 44:13 : Eze 23:32
  36. Psalm 44:14 : S 1Ki 9:7
  37. Psalm 44:14 : S 2Ki 19:21
  38. Psalm 44:15 : Ge 30:23; 2Ch 32:21; Ps 35:26
  39. Psalm 44:15 : S Ps 34:5
  40. Psalm 44:16 : S Ps 42:10
  41. Psalm 44:16 : Ps 10:13; 55:3; 74:10
  42. Psalm 44:16 : S 1Sa 18:25; S Jer 11:19; Ro 12:19
  43. Psalm 44:17 : S Dt 6:12; S 32:18; Ps 119:16, 61, 153, 176; Pr 3:1
  44. Psalm 44:18 : Ps 119:51, 157
  45. Psalm 44:19 : S 2Ch 14:13; Ps 51:8
  46. Psalm 44:19 : S Job 30:29; S Isa 34:13
  47. Psalm 44:19 : S Job 3:5
  48. Psalm 44:20 : S Dt 32:18; S Jdg 3:7
  49. Psalm 44:20 : S Ex 20:3; Isa 43:12; Jer 5:19
  50. Psalm 44:21 : S 1Sa 16:7; 1Ki 8:39; Pr 15:11; Jer 12:3; 17:10
  51. Psalm 44:22 : S ver 11
  52. Psalm 44:22 : Isa 53:7; Jer 11:19; 12:3; Ro 8:36*
  53. Psalm 44:23 : S Ps 7:6
  54. Psalm 44:23 : Ps 78:65
  55. Psalm 44:23 : Ps 59:5
  56. Psalm 44:23 : Ps 74:1; 77:7
  57. Psalm 44:24 : S Dt 32:20; Ps 13:1
  58. Psalm 44:24 : La 5:20
  59. Psalm 44:24 : S Dt 26:7
  60. Psalm 44:25 : Ps 119:25
  61. Psalm 44:26 : S Nu 10:35; S Ps 12:5; 102:13
  62. Psalm 44:26 : Ps 26:11
  63. Psalm 44:26 : Ps 6:4
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Joshua 7:1-13

Achan’s Sin

But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things[a];(A) Achan(B) son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,[b] the son of Zerah,(C) of the tribe of Judah,(D) took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned(E) against Israel.(F)

Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,(G) which is near Beth Aven(H) to the east of Bethel,(I) and told them, “Go up and spy out(J) the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.

When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.” So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai,(K) who killed about thirty-six(L) of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear(M) and became like water.

Then Joshua tore his clothes(N) and fell facedown(O) to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening.(P) The elders of Israel(Q) did the same, and sprinkled dust(R) on their heads. And Joshua said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord, why(S) did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us?(T) If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! Pardon your servant, Lord. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth.(U) What then will you do for your own great name?(V)

10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? 11 Israel has sinned;(W) they have violated my covenant,(X) which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied,(Y) they have put them with their own possessions.(Z) 12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies;(AA) they turn their backs(AB) and run(AC) because they have been made liable to destruction.(AD) I will not be with you anymore(AE) unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.

13 “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves(AF) in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.

Footnotes:

  1. Joshua 7:1 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 11, 12, 13 and 15.
  2. Joshua 7:1 See Septuagint and 1 Chron. 2:6; Hebrew Zabdi; also in verses 17 and 18.
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Romans 13:8-14

Love Fulfills the Law

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.(A) The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a](B) and whatever other command there may be, are summed up(C) in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b](D) 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.(E)

The Day Is Near

11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come(F) for you to wake up from your slumber,(G) because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.(H) So let us put aside the deeds of darkness(I) and put on the armor(J) of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness,(K) not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.(L) 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,(M) and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[c](N)

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 13:9 Exodus 20:13-15,17; Deut. 5:17-19,21
  2. Romans 13:9 Lev. 19:18
  3. Romans 13:14 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
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Matthew 26:36-46

Gethsemane(A)

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee(B) along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow(C) to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”(D)

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup(E) be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”(F)

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me(G) for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.(H) The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”(I)

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour(J) has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

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