Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

January 11, 2018

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons 

1 Samuel 4:1-18

1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched camp beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel; and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines, and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. 3 And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why hath the LORD smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies." 4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.

5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, "What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews?" And they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "God has come into the camp!" And they said, "Woe unto us! For there hath not been such a thing heretofore. 8 Woe unto us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. 9 Be strong, and acquit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Acquit yourselves like men, and fight!" 10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent; and there was a very great slaughter, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. 11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.

12 And there ran a man of Benjamin from the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent and with earth upon his head. 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching; for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out. 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What meaneth the noise of this tumult?" And the man came in hastily and told Eli. 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old, and his eyes were dim so that he could not see. 16 And the man said unto Eli, "I am he that came from the army, and I fled today from the army." And he said, "What is done there, my son?" 17 And the messenger answered and said, "Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people; and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken." 18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck broke and he died; for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.

Psalm 44

1 We have heard with our ears, O God,
our fathers have told us what work Thou didst in their days, in the times of old:
2 how Thou didst drive out the heathen with Thy hand, and planted them;
how Thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword,
neither did their own arm save them,
but by Thy right hand and Thine arm and the light of Thy countenance,
because Thou hadst favor unto them.

4 Thou art my King, O God;
command deliverances for Jacob.
5 Through Thee will we push down our enemies;
through Thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow,
neither shall my sword save me;
7 but Thou hast saved us from our enemies,
and hast put them to shame that hated us.
8 In God we boast all the day long,
and praise Thy name for ever.

9 But Thou hast cast us off and put us to shame,
and goest not forth with our armies.
10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy,
and they that hate us despoil us for themselves.
11 Thou hast given us up like sheep appointed for slaughter, and hast scattered us among the heathen.
12 Thou sellest Thy people for nought,
and dost not increase Thy wealth by their price.
13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbors,
a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen,
a shaking of the head among the people.

15 My confusion is continually before me,
and the shame of my face hath covered me,
16 for the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth
by reason of the enemy and avenger.

17 All this has come upon us; yet have we not forgotten Thee,
neither have we dealt falsely in Thy covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
neither have our steps turned from Thy way,
19 though Thou hast sorely broken us in the place of dragons,
and covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God,
or stretched out our hands to a strange god,
21 shall not God search this out?
For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22 Yea, for Thy sake are we killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Awake! Why sleepest Thou, O Lord?
Arise! Cast us not off for ever.
24 Why hidest Thou Thy face,
and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26 Arise for our help,
and redeem us for Thy mercies' sake.

Words of Worship - Matthew 4:23

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 

Mark 1:40-45 

40 And there came a leper to Him, beseeching Him and kneeling down to Him and saying unto Him, "If Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean." 41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand and touched him, and said unto him, 

"I will; be thou clean." 

42 And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He strictly charged him, and forthwith sent him away, 44 saying unto him, 

"See that thou say nothing to any man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony unto them." 

45 But he went out and began to proclaim it much and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, and was outside in desert places. And they came to Him from every quarter.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 4:23-24

And refrain not to speak when there is occasion to do good,
and hide not thy wisdom in her beauty.

For by speech wisdom shall be known,
and learning by the word of the tongue.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 7:17

Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

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