Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

August 20, 2021

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Ruth 1

1 Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 And the name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there. 3 And Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 And they took themselves wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also, both of them; and the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab how the LORD had visited His people in giving them bread. 7 Therefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. 8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each to your mother's house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voice and wept. 10 And they said unto her, "Surely we will return with thee unto thy people." 11 And Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters. Why will ye go with me? Are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband also tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would ye tarry for them until they were grown? Would ye refrain for them from having husbands? Nay, my daughters, for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me." 14 And they lifted up their voice and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth cleaved unto her.

15 And she said, "Behold, thy sister-in-law has gone back unto her people and unto her gods. Return thou after thy sister-in-law." 16 And Ruth said:

"Entreat me not to leave thee,
or to return from following after thee;
for whither thou goest, I will go,
and where thou lodgest, I will lodge.
Thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God.
17 Where thou diest will I die,
and there will I be buried;
the LORD do so to me, and more also,
if aught but death part thee and me."

18 When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left off speaking unto her.

19 So the two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved concerning them; and they said, "Is this Naomi?" 20 And she said unto them, "Call me not Naomi [that is, Pleasant]. Call me Mara [that is, Bitter], for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty. Why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me and the Almighty hath afflicted me?"

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned out of the country of Moab; and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

Psalm 146

1 Praise ye the LORD!
Praise the LORD, O my soul! 
2 While I live will I praise the LORD; 
I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

3 Put not your trust in princes, 
nor in a son of man in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; 
in that very day his thoughts perish. 

5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, 
whose hope is in the LORD his God, 
6 who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is, 
who keepeth truth for ever; 
7 who executeth judgment for the oppressed, who giveth food to the hungry; 
the LORD looseth the prisoners. 
8 The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind; 
the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down; the LORD loveth the righteous. 
9 The LORD preserveth the strangers, He relieveth the fatherless and the widow; 
but the way of the wicked He turneth upside down. 

10 The LORD shall reign for ever, even Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. 
Praise ye the LORD!

Words of Worship - Psalm 25:4-5

Show me Thy ways, O LORD;
teach me Thy paths.
Lead me in Thy truth and teach me,
for Thou art the God of my salvation;
on Thee do I wait all the day.

Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 35 Then one of them, who was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him and saying, 36 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said unto him,

"'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it: `Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 24:19-20

Fret not thyself because of evil men, 
neither be thou envious of the wicked;
for there shall be no reward to the evil man; 
the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 20:25-27

But Jesus called them unto Him and said,

"Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you; but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant,

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