Daily Lectionary Readings

for August 21, 2019

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Psalm 74

A maskil of Asaph.

74 God, why have you abandoned us forever?
    Why does your anger smolder
    at the sheep of your own pasture?
Remember your congregation
    that you took as your own long ago,
    that you redeemed to be the tribe of your own possession—
    remember Mount Zion, where you dwell.
March to the unending ruins,
    to all that the enemy destroyed in the sanctuary.

Your enemies roared in your own meeting place;
    they set up their own signs there!
It looked like axes raised
    against a thicket of trees.
And then all its carvings
    they hacked down with hatchet and pick.
They set fire to your sanctuary, burned it to the ground;
    they defiled the dwelling place of your name.
They said in their hearts, We’ll kill all of them together!
    They burned all of God’s meeting places in the land.
We don’t see our own signs anymore.
    No prophet is left.
        And none of us know how long it will last.

10 How long, God, will foes insult you?
    Are enemies going to abuse your name forever?
11 Why do you pull your hand back?
    Why do you hold your strong hand close to your chest?

12 Yet God has been my king from ancient days—
    God, who makes salvation happen in the heart of the earth!
13         You split the sea with your power.
        You shattered the heads of the sea monsters on the water.
14         You crushed Leviathan’s heads.
        You gave it to the desert dwellers for food!
15         You split open springs and streams;
        you made strong-flowing rivers dry right up.
16         The day belongs to you! The night too!
        You established both the moon and the sun.
17         You set all the boundaries of the earth in place.
        Summer and winter? You made them!

18 So remember this, Lord:
    how enemies have insulted you,
    how unbelieving fools have abused your name.
19 Don’t deliver the life of your dove to wild animals!
    Don’t forget the lives of your afflicted people forever!
20 Consider the covenant!
    Because the land’s dark places are full of violence.
21 Don’t let the oppressed live in shame.
    No, let the poor and needy praise your name!

22 God, rise up! Make your case!
    Remember how unbelieving fools insult you all day long.
23 Don’t forget the voices of your enemies,
    the racket of your adversaries that never quits.

Isaiah 27

27 On that day, the Lord will take a great sword, harsh and mighty, and will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the writhing serpent, and will kill the dragon that is in the sea. On that day:

Sing about a delightful vineyard!
    I, the Lord, am its guardian.
Every moment I water it;
    night and day I guard it from attack.
I’m not angry,
    but if it yields thorns and thistles for me,
    I will march to battle against it;
    I will torch it completely.
Or let them cling to me for refuge;
    let them make peace with me;
    let them make peace with me.
In coming days,
    Jacob will take root;
    Israel will blossom and sprout
    and fill the whole world with produce.

Did God strike Israel as he struck those who struck him?
    Was Israel killed as his killers were killed?
By frightening Jerusalem, by sending her away,
    you contended with her,
    expelling with a fierce blast
    on the day of the east wind.
By this Jacob’s guilt is reconciled,
    and this was how his sins were finally removed:
    he made all the altar stones like shattered chalk,
    sacred poles and incense altars that couldn’t stand.

10 The fortified city lies alone,
    a hut forsaken,
    abandoned like the desert.
Calves graze there;
    they lie down there and feed on its boughs.
11 When its branches are dry, they are broken.
    Women come and set fire to it.
These people have no understanding;
    therefore, their maker won’t have compassion;
    the one who formed them won’t be gracious.

12 On that day, the Lord will beat grain from the channel of the Euphrates up to the Valley of Egypt. You will be collected, Israelites, one by one. 13 On that day, a great trumpet will be played. Those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come. They will bow to the Lord at his holy mountain in Jerusalem.

Luke 19:45-48

45 When Jesus entered the temple, he threw out those who were selling things there. 46 He said to them, “It’s written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a hideout for crooks.”

47 Jesus was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests, the legal experts, and the foremost leaders among the people were seeking to kill him. 48 However, they couldn’t find a way to do it because all the people were enthralled with what they heard.

Psalm 32

A maskil of David.

32 The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered over, is truly happy!
The one the Lord doesn’t consider guilty—
    in whose spirit there is no dishonesty—
    that one is truly happy!

When I kept quiet, my bones wore out;
    I was groaning all day long—
    every day, every night!—
because your hand was heavy upon me.
    My energy was sapped as if in a summer drought. Selah
So I admitted my sin to you;
    I didn’t conceal my guilt.
    “I’ll confess my sins to the Lord, ” is what I said.
    Then you removed the guilt of my sin. Selah

That’s why all the faithful should pray to you during troubled times,
    so that a great flood of water won’t reach them.
You are my secret hideout!
    You protect me from trouble.
    You surround me with songs of rescue! Selah

I will instruct you and teach you
    about the direction you should go.
    I’ll advise you and keep my eye on you.
Don’t be like some senseless horse or mule,
    whose movement must be controlled
    with a bit and a bridle.
        Don’t be anything like that!
10 The pain of the wicked is severe,
    but faithful love surrounds the one who trusts the Lord.
11 You who are righteous, rejoice in the Lord and be glad!
    All you whose hearts are right, sing out in joy!

Jeremiah 25:30-38

30 Now prophesy all these things and say to them:
The Lord roars on high;
    from his holy place he thunders.
He roars fiercely against his flock,
    like the shouting of those who tread on grapes,
        against everyone on earth.
31 The uproar is heard far and wide,
    because the Lord is bringing a lawsuit against the nations.
        He’s entering into judgment with all people,
            sentencing the guilty to death,
                declares the Lord.
32 The Lord of heavenly forces proclaims:
Look! Disaster travels from nation to nation.
    A terrible storm comes from the far ends of the earth.

33 At that time, those struck down by the Lord will fill the earth. And no one will mourn for them or prepare their bodies for burial. They will become like refuse lying on the ground.

34 Wail, you shepherds, cry out.
    Roll in the dust, you masters of the flock!
The day of your slaughter has arrived.
    You will fall and shatter like a fragile vase.
35 The shepherds have no place to hide;
    the masters of the flock can’t escape.
36 Hear the cry of the shepherds
    and the sobbing of the masters of the flock,
        because the Lord is ravaging their pasture.
37 There’s an eerie silence in the peaceful meadows,
    because of the Lord’s fierce anger.
38 The lion is on the prowl,
    and the land is reduced to nothing,
        because of the fierce sword,
        because of his fierce anger.

Luke 19:45-48

45 When Jesus entered the temple, he threw out those who were selling things there. 46 He said to them, “It’s written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a hideout for crooks.”

47 Jesus was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests, the legal experts, and the foremost leaders among the people were seeking to kill him. 48 However, they couldn’t find a way to do it because all the people were enthralled with what they heard.

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