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Thursday, November 30th, 2023
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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Daily Bible Reading

November 30 - Bible-in-a-Year


Lamentations 3-4

Chapter 3

1 [a]I am the man who has seen affliction(a)
     by the rod of the Lord 's wrath.(b)
2 He has driven me away and made me walk
     in darkness(c) rather than light;
3 indeed, he has turned his hand against me(d)
     again and again, all day long.

4 He has made my skin and my flesh grow old(e)
     and has broken my bones.(f)
5 He has besieged me and surrounded me
     with bitterness(g) and hardship.(h)
6 He has made me dwell in darkness
     like those long dead.(i)

7 He has walled me in so I cannot escape;(j)
     he has weighed me down with chains.(k)
8 Even when I call out or cry for help,(l)
     he shuts out my prayer.(m)
9 He has barred(n) my way with blocks of stone;
     he has made my paths crooked.(o)

10 Like a bear lying in wait,
     like a lion(p) in hiding,(q)
11 he dragged me from the path and mangled(r) me
     and left me without help.
12 He drew his bow(s)
     and made me the target(t) for his arrows.(u)

13 He pierced(v) my heart
     with arrows from his quiver.(w)
14 I became the laughingstock(x) of all my people;(y)
     they mock me in song(z) all day long.
15 He has filled me with bitter herbs
     and given me gall to drink.(aa)

16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;(ab)
     he has trampled me in the dust.(ac)
17 I have been deprived of peace;
     I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, "My splendor is gone
     and all that I had hoped from the Lord ."(ad)

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
     the bitterness(ae) and the gall.(af)
20 I well remember them,
     and my soul is downcast(ag) within me.(ah)
21 Yet this I call to mind
     and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord 's great love(ai) we are not consumed,(aj)
     for his compassions never fail.(ak)
23 They are new every morning;
     great is your faithfulness.(al)
24 I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion;(am)
     therefore I will wait for him."

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
     to the one who seeks him;(an)
26 it is good to wait quietly(ao)
     for the salvation of the Lord .(ap)
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
     while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,(aq)
     for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust(ar)
     there may yet be hope.(as)
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,(at)
     and let him be filled with disgrace.(au)

31 For no one is cast off
     by the Lord forever.(av)
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
     so great is his unfailing love.(aw)
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
     or grief to anyone.(ax)

34 To crush underfoot
     all prisoners in the land,
35 to deny people their rights
     before the Most High,(ay)
36 to deprive them of justice—
     would not the Lord see such things?(az)

37 Who can speak and have it happen
     if the Lord has not decreed it?(ba)
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
     that both calamities and good things come?(bb)
39 Why should the living complain
     when punished for their sins?(bc)

40 Let us examine our ways and test them,(bd)
     and let us return to the Lord .(be)
41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
     to God in heaven,(bf) and say:
42 "We have sinned and rebelled(bg)
     and you have not forgiven.(bh)

43 "You have covered yourself with anger and pursued(bi) us;
     you have slain without pity.(bj)
44 You have covered yourself with a cloud(bk)
     so that no prayer(bl) can get through.(bm)
45 You have made us scum(bn) and refuse
     among the nations.

46 "All our enemies have opened their mouths
     wide(bo) against us.(bp)
47 We have suffered terror and pitfalls,(bq)
     ruin and destruction.(br)"
48 Streams of tears(bs) flow from my eyes(bt)
     because my people are destroyed.(bu)

49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,
     without relief,(bv)
50 until the Lord looks down
     from heaven and sees.(bw)
51 What I see brings grief to my soul
     because of all the women of my city.

52 Those who were my enemies without cause
     hunted me like a bird.(bx)
53 They tried to end my life in a pit(by)
     and threw stones at me;
54 the waters closed over my head,(bz)
     and I thought I was about to perish.(ca)

55 I called on your name, Lord ,
     from the depths(cb) of the pit.(cc)
56 You heard my plea:(cd) "Do not close your ears
     to my cry for relief."
57 You came near(ce) when I called you,
     and you said, "Do not fear."(cf)

58 You, Lord, took up my case;(cg)
     you redeemed my life.(ch)
59  Lord , you have seen the wrong done to me.(ci)
     Uphold my cause!(cj)
60 You have seen the depth of their vengeance,
     all their plots against me.(ck)

61  Lord , you have heard their insults,(cl)
     all their plots against me—
62 what my enemies whisper and mutter
     against me all day long.(cm)
63 Look at them! Sitting or standing,
     they mock me in their songs.(cn)

64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord ,
     for what their hands have done.(co)
65 Put a veil over their hearts,(cp)
     and may your curse be on them!
66 Pursue(cq) them in anger and destroy them
     from under the heavens of the Lord .

Chapter 4

1 [a]How the gold has lost its luster,
     the fine gold become dull!
The sacred gems are scattered
     at every street corner.(a)

2 How the precious children of Zion,(b)
     once worth their weight in gold,
are now considered as pots of clay,
     the work of a potter's hands!

3 Even jackals offer their breasts
     to nurse their young,
but my people have become heartless
     like ostriches in the desert.(c)

4 Because of thirst(d) the infant's tongue
     sticks to the roof of its mouth;(e)
the children beg for bread,
     but no one gives it to them.(f)

5 Those who once ate delicacies
     are destitute in the streets.
Those brought up in royal purple(g)
     now lie on ash heaps.(h)

6 The punishment of my people
     is greater than that of Sodom,(i)
which was overthrown in a moment
     without a hand turned to help her.

7 Their princes were brighter than snow
     and whiter than milk,
their bodies more ruddy than rubies,
     their appearance like lapis lazuli.

8 But now they are blacker(j) than soot;
     they are not recognized in the streets.
Their skin has shriveled on their bones;(k)
     it has become as dry as a stick.

9 Those killed by the sword are better off
     than those who die of famine;(l)
racked with hunger, they waste away
     for lack of food from the field.(m)

10 With their own hands compassionate women
     have cooked their own children,(n)
who became their food
     when my people were destroyed.

11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;(o)
     he has poured out(p) his fierce anger.(q)
He kindled a fire(r) in Zion
     that consumed her foundations.(s)

12 The kings of the earth did not believe,
     nor did any of the peoples of the world,
that enemies and foes could enter
     the gates of Jerusalem.(t)

13 But it happened because of the sins of her prophets
     and the iniquities of her priests,(u)
who shed within her
     the blood(v) of the righteous.

14 Now they grope through the streets
     as if they were blind.(w)
They are so defiled with blood(x)
     that no one dares to touch their garments.

15 "Go away! You are unclean!" people cry to them.
     "Away! Away! Don't touch us!"
When they flee and wander(y) about,
     people among the nations say,
     "They can stay here no longer."(z)

16 The Lord himself has scattered them;
     he no longer watches over them.(aa)
The priests are shown no honor,
     the elders(ab) no favor.(ac)

17 Moreover, our eyes failed,
     looking in vain(ad) for help;(ae)
from our towers we watched
     for a nation(af) that could not save us.

18 People stalked us at every step,
     so we could not walk in our streets.
Our end was near, our days were numbered,
     for our end had come.(ag)

19 Our pursuers were swifter
     than eagles(ah) in the sky;
they chased us(ai) over the mountains
     and lay in wait for us in the desert.(aj)

20 The Lord 's anointed,(ak) our very life breath,
     was caught in their traps.(al)
We thought that under his shadow(am)
     we would live among the nations.

21 Rejoice and be glad, Daughter Edom,
     you who live in the land of Uz.(an)
But to you also the cup(ao) will be passed;
     you will be drunk and stripped naked.(ap)

22 Your punishment will end, Daughter Zion;(aq)
     he will not prolong your exile.
But he will punish your sin, Daughter Edom,
     and expose your wickedness.(ar)

Psalms 146

Chapter 146

Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord .[a]

Praise the Lord ,(a) my soul.

2 I will praise the Lord all my life;(b)
     I will sing praise(c) to my God as long as I live.(d)
3 Do not put your trust in princes,(e)
     in human beings,(f) who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;(g)
     on that very day their plans come to nothing.(h)
5 Blessed are those(i) whose help(j) is the God of Jacob,
     whose hope is in the Lord their God.

6 He is the Maker of heaven(k) and earth,
     the sea, and everything in them—
     he remains faithful(l) forever.
7 He upholds(m) the cause of the oppressed(n)
     and gives food to the hungry.(o)
The Lord sets prisoners free,(p)
8       the Lord gives sight(q) to the blind,(r)
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,(s)
     the Lord loves the righteous.(t)
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner(u)
     and sustains the fatherless(v) and the widow,(w)
     but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns(x) forever,
     your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord .

Galatians 4:21-31

Chapter 4

21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law,(ad) are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman(ae) and the other by the free woman.(af) 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh,(ag) but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.(ah)

24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above(ai) is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:

"Be glad, barren woman,
     you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
     you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
     than of her who has a husband."[e](aj)

28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.(ak) 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh(al) persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit.(am) It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son."[f](an) 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman,(ao) but of the free woman.(ap)

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