Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous next Psalm 56

Trust in God under Persecution

To the leader: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
all day long foes oppress me;
my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many fight against me.
O Most High, when I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I am not afraid;
what can flesh do to me?

All day long they seek to injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
They stir up strife, they lurk,
they watch my steps.
As they hoped to have my life,
so repay them for their crime;
in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will retreat
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I am not afraid.
What can a mere mortal do to me?

My vows to you I must perform, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
For you have delivered my soul from death,
and my feet from falling,
so that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Mark 6:14-29


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Deuteronomy 3:15-3:22

To Machir I assigned Gilead. And to the Reubenites and the Gadites I assigned the part from Gilead down to the wadi Arnon, the middle of the wadi being the boundary, and up to the wadi Jabbok, the boundary of the Ammonites.

[We also seized] the Arabah, from the foot of the slopes of Pisgah on the east, to the edge of the Jordan, and from Chinnereth down to the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea.
At that time I charged you, saying, "The Lord your God has given you this country to possess. You must go as shock-troops, warriors all, at the head of your Israelite kinsmen. Only your wives, children, and livestock--I know that you have much livestock--shall be left in the towns I have assigned to you, until the Lord has granted your kinsmen a haven such as you have, and they too have taken possession of the land that the Lord your God is assigning them, beyond the Jordan. Then you may return each to the homestead that I have assigned to him."

I also charged Joshua at that time, saying, "You have seen with your own eyes all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so shall the Lord do to all the kingdoms into which you shall cross over. Do not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who will battle for you."


From Parshat Devarim. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day

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And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 21:16

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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You yourself should reprove yourself, should examine yourself. As a self-guarded monk with guarded self, mindful, you dwell at ease. Your own self is your own mainstay. Your own self is your own guide. Therefore you should watch over yourself-- as a trader, a fine steed.

-Dhammapada, 25, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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I always drop in a church when passing to say my Catholic prayers, and I make sure my children say them.

-Liam Neeson

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Christian Quote of the Day

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We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time.

-Thomas Merton

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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If you're traveling, consider taking a train instead of an airplane. Not only are they usually much more comfortable, but they're also more environmentally friendly – airplanes are responsible for 8% of global warming emissions.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one bothered to ask.

-Billy Graham (submitted by Rebecca Shirley)

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.

-John Stott

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Health Quote of the Day

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Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

-Napoleon Hill

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Wealth is a dependable lamp whose light, Reaching every imaginable land, dispels darkness. Wealth that is acquired by proper means in a manner That harms none will yield both virtue and happiness. Do not embrace but rather eschew wealth That is acquired without compassion and love.

Tirukkural 76: 753-55

Excerpted from the Tirukkural, translated by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Copyright Himalayan Academy Publications, www.himalayanacademy.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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I wonder if, before we were born, we were as afraid of life as we are now of death.

-Jay Williams

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.

-Robert F. Kennedy

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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This day shall be to you one of remembrance: you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord throughout the ages; you shall celebrate it as an institution for all time.

-Exodus 12:14

From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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A Sufi was once engaged in prayer, when his cell caught fire. He did not stop praying for one moment. Afterwards, people asked him about this. He replied: ‘The divine fire held my attention, so I could not attend to the fire in my cell.’

-Qushayri, "Risalah"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.

-Chinese Proverb

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July 25, 2012
To seek protection and help
O Master of Masters,
O Acceptor of prayers,
O Elevator of rank,
O Guardian of good deeds,
O Forgiver of evil deeds,
O Granter of requests,
O Acceptor of repentance,
O Hearer of voices,
O Knower of attributes,
O Repeller of calamities.
Praise be to Thee, there is no god but Thee,
The Granter of all Succour,
Protect us from the Fire, O Lord.
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