Daily Scripture Reading for the
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(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

December 22, 2017

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1 Samuel 1

1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of Mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. 4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters, portions. 5 But unto Hannah he gave a double portion, for he loved Hannah; but the LORD had shut up her womb. 6 And her adversary also provoked her sorely to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat. 8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, "Hannah, why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved? Am not I better to thee than ten sons?"

9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh and after they had drunk. (Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.) 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD and wept sorely. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if Thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of Thine handmaid, and remember me and not forget Thine handmaid, but wilt give unto Thine handmaid a manchild, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head."

12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli observed her mouth. 13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, "How long wilt thou be drunken? Put away thy wine from thee." 15 And Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid as a daughter of Belial, for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto." 17 Then Eli answered and said, "Go in peace; and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of Him." 18 And she said, "Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight." So the woman went her way and ate, and her countenance was no more sad.

19 And they rose up in the morning early and worshiped before the LORD, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 Therefore it came to pass, when the time had come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bore a son and called his name Samuel [that is, Asked of God], saying, "Because I have asked him of the LORD."

21 And the man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice and his vow. 22 But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, "I will not go up until the child is weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD and there abide for ever." 23 And Elkanah her husband said unto her, "Do what seemeth to thee good. Tarry until thou have weaned him, only the LORD establish His word." So the woman remained, and gave her son suck until she weaned him. 24 And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks and one ephah of flour and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh; and the child was young. 25 And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, "Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman who stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. 27 For this child I prayed, and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of Him. 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.

1 Samuel 2:1-11

1 And Hannah prayed and said,
"My heart rejoiceth in the LORD;
mine horn is exalted in the LORD.
My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies,
because I rejoice in Thy salvation.
2 There is none holy as the LORD, for there is none besides Thee;
neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly;
let not arrogance come out of your mouth;
for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
and by Him actions are weighed.

4 "The bows of the mighty men are broken,
and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread,
and they that were hungry ceased hungering,
so that the barren hath borne seven,
and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

6 "The LORD killeth and maketh alive;
He bringeth down to the grave and bringeth up.
7 The LORD maketh poor and maketh rich;
He bringeth low and lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill,
to set them among princes and to make them inherit the throne of glory.
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and He hath set the world upon them.

9 "He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness;
for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
out of heaven shall He thunder upon them.
The LORD shall judge the ends of the earth;
and He shall give strength unto His king and exalt the horn of His anointed."

11 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child ministered unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

Luke 1:46-56

46 And Mary said,

"My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden;
for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For He that is mighty hath done to me great things,
and holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on them that fear Him,
from generation to generation.
51 He hath shown strength with His arm;
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He hath sent empty away.
54 He hath helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy,
55 as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever."

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 2:17-18

They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts,
and humble their souls in His sight,
saying, "We will fall into the hands of the Lord, and not into the hands of men";
for as His majesty is, so is His mercy.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 6:1-2

"Take heed that ye do not your almsgiving before men, to be seen by them; otherwise ye have no reward from your Father who is in Heaven. Therefore when thou givest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.

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