Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

January 17, 2018

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

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

1 Samuel 17:31-51

31 And when the words were heard which David spoke, they recounted them before Saul; and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him. Thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine." 33 And Saul said to David, "Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth." 34 And David said unto Saul, "Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion and a bear and took a lamb out of the flock; 35 and I went out after him and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth. And when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God." 37 David said moreover, "The LORD who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." And Saul said unto David, "Go, and the LORD be with thee." 38 And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he attempted to go, for he had not tested it. And David said unto Saul, "I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them." And David put them off him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose for himself five smooth stones out of the brook and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he drew near to the Philistine.

41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 43 And the Philistine said unto David, "Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, "Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air and to the beasts of the field." 45 Then said David to the Philistine, "Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand. And I will smite thee and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD'S, and He will give you into our hands." 48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand in his bag and took thence a stone, and slung it and smote the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sunk into his forehead. And he fell upon his face to the earth.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 

Psalm 144

1 Blessed be the LORD my strength,
who teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight;
2 my goodness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer,
my shield and He in whom I trust, who subdueth my people under me.

3 LORD, what is man that Thou takest notice of him?
Or the son of man that Thou makest account of him?
4 Man is like vanity;
his days are as a shadow that passeth away.

5 Bow Thy heavens, O LORD, and come down;
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 Cast forth lightning and scatter them;
shoot out Thine arrows and destroy them.
7 Send Thine hand from above;
rescue me and deliver me out of great waters from the hand of strangers,
8 whose mouth speaketh vanity
and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

9 I will sing a new song unto Thee, O God;
upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto Thee.
10 It is He that giveth salvation unto kings,
who delivereth David His servant from the hurtful sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of strangers,
whose mouth speaketh vanity and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood,
12 that our sons may be as plants full grown in their youth,
that our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace;
13 that our garners may be full, affording all manner of store,
that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets;
14 that our oxen may be strong to labor, that there be no breaking in, nor going out,
that there be no complaining in our streets.

15 Happy is that people for whom such is the case;
yea, happy is that people whose God is the LORD.

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 3:1-6

1 And He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. 2 And they watched Him to see whether He would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said unto the man who had the withered hand,

"Stand forth."

4 And He said unto them,

"Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?"

But they held their peace. 5 And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man,

"Stretch forth thine hand."

And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored whole as the other. 6 And the Pharisees went forth and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 4:29

Be not hasty with thy tongue,
and in thy deeds slack and remiss.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 9:12

"They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

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