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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Psalm 101

Misericordiam ed judicium
1I will sing of mercy and justice; * to you, O LORD, will I sing praises.
2I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? * I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house.
3I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; * I hate the doers of evil deeds; they shall not remain with me.
4A crooked heart shall be far from me; * I will not know evil.
5Those who in secret slander their neighbors I will destroy; * those who have a haughty look and a proud heart I cannot abide.
6My eyes are upon the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me, * and only those who lead a blameless life shall be my servants.
7Those who act deceitfully shall not dwell in my house, * and those who tell lies shall not continue in my sight.
8I will soon destroy all the wicked in the land, * that I may root out all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 109:1-4(5-19)20-30

1Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise; *
     for the mouth of the wicked,
     the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
2They speak to me with a lying tongue; * they encompass me with hateful words and fight against me without a cause.
3Despite my love, they accuse me; * but as for me, I pray for them.
4They repay evil for good, * and hatred for my love.
(5Set a wicked man against him, * and let an accuser stand at his right hand.
6When he is judged, let him be found guilty, * and let his appeal be in vain.
7Let his days be few, * and let another take his office.
8Let his children be fatherless, * and his wife become a widow.
9Let his children be waifs and beggars; * let them be driven from the ruins of their homes.
10Let the creditor seize everything he has; * let strangers plunder his gains.
11Let there be no one to show him kindness, * and none to pity his fatherless children.
12Let his descendants be destroyed, * and his name be blotted out in the next generation.
13Let the wickedness of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, * and his mother's sin not be blotted out;
14Let their sin be always before the LORD; * but let him root out their names from the earth;
15Because he did not remember to show mercy, * but persecuted the poor and needy and sought to kill the brokenhearted.
16He loved cursing, let it come upon him; * he took no delight in blessing, let it depart from him.
17He put on cursing like a garment, * let it soak into his body like water and into his bones like oil;
18Let it be to him like the cloak which he wraps around himself, * and like the belt that he wears continually.
19Let this be the recompense from the LORD to my accusers, * and to those who speak evil against me.)
20But you, O Lord my God, oh, deal with me according to your Name; * for your tender mercy's sake, deliver me.
21For I am poor and needy, * and my heart is wounded within me.
22I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens; * I am shaken off like a locust.
23My knees are weak through fasting, * and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
24I have become a reproach to them; * they see and shake their heads.
25Help me, O LORD my God; * save me for your mercy's sake.
26Let them know that this is your hand, * that you, O LORD, have done it.
27They may curse, but you will bless; * let those who rise up against me be put to shame, and your servant will rejoice.
28Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace * and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
29I will give great thanks to the LORD with my mouth; * in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
30Because he stands at the right hand of the needy, * to save his life from those who would condemn him.

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Psalm 119:121-144

Part 16
121I have done what is just and right; * do not deliver me to my oppressors.
122Be surety for your servant's good; * let not the proud oppress me.
123My eyes have failed from watching for your salvation * and for your righteous promise.
124Deal with your servant according to your loving-kindness * and teach me your statutes.
125I am your servant; grant me understanding, * that I may know your decrees.
126It is time for you to act, O LORD, * for they have broken your law.
127Truly, I love your commandments * more than gold and precious stones.
128I hold all your commandments to be right for me; * all paths of falsehood I abhor.
129Your decrees are wonderful; * therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130When your word goes forth it gives light; * it gives understanding to the simple.
131I open my mouth and pant; * I long for your commandments.
132Turn to me in mercy, * as you always do to those who love your Name.
133Steady my footsteps in your word; * let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134Rescue me from those who oppress me, * and I will keep your commandments.
135Let your countenance shine upon your servant * and teach me your statutes.
136My eyes shed streams of tears, * because people do not keep your law.
137You are righteous, O LORD, * and upright are your judgments.
138You have issued your decrees * with justice and in perfect faithfulness.
139My indignation has consumed me, * because my enemies forget your words.
140Your word has been tested to the uttermost, * and your servant holds it dear.
141I am small and of little account, * yet I do not forget your commandments.
142Your justice is an everlasting justice * and your law is the truth.
143Trouble and distress have come upon me, * yet your commandments are my delight.
144The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; * grant me understanding, that I may live.

Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 4:2-6
2In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing For those of Israel who have escaped. 3And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy-everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. 6And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. -- NKJV

New Testament Reading

Ephesians 4:1-16
1I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8Therefore He says: " When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men." 9(Now this, "He ascended"-what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ- 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. -- NKJV

Gospel Reading

Matthew 8:28-34
28When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. 29And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" 30Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. 31So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." 32And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. 33Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region. -- NKJV



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