Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

January 20, 2018

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Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons


2 Samuel 1

1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag-- 2 it came even to pass on the third day that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent and earth upon his head; and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth and did obeisance. 3 And David said unto him, "From whence comest thou?" And he said unto him, "Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped." 4 And David said unto him, "How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me." And he answered, "The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also." 5 And David said unto the young man who told him, "How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?" 6 And the young man who told him said, "As I happened by chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called unto me. And I answered, `Here am I.' 8 And he said unto me, `Who art thou?' And I answered him, `I am an Amalekite.' 9 And he said unto me again, `Stand, I pray thee, upon me and slay me; for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.' 10 So I stood upon him and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he was fallen. And I took the crown that was upon his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord."

11 Then David took hold on his clothes and rent them, and likewise all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 13 And David said unto the young man who told him, "From whence art thou?" And he answered, "I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite." 14 And David said unto him, "How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?" 15 And David called one of the young men and said, "Go near, and fall upon him." And he smote him so that he died. 16 And David said unto him, "Thy blood be upon thy head, for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, `I have slain the LORD'S anointed.'"

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son 18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow; behold, it is written in the Book of Jasher):

19 "The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places! 
How are the mighty fallen! 
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, 
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 

21 "Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, 
neither let there be rain upon you, nor fields of offerings. 
For there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, 
the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. 

22 "From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, 
the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 

23 "Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, 
and in their death they were not divided; 
they were swifter than eagles, 
they were stronger than lions. 

24 "Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, 
who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 

25 "How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! 
O Jonathan, thou was slain in thine high places. 
26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan; 
very pleasant hast thou been unto me. 
Thy love to me was wonderful, 
passing the love of women. 

27 "How are the mighty fallen, 
and the weapons of war perished!"

Psalm 80:1-7

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock;
Thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up Thy strength, and come and save us.

3 Turn us again, O God, and cause Thy face to shine,
and we shall be saved.

4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt Thou be angry against the prayer of Thy people?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears, and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause Thy face to shine,
and we shall be saved.

Words of Worship - Acts 16:14b

the Lord opened her heart to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul. 

Mark 3:20-21

20 and the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 And when His friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on Him; for they said, "He is beside himself." 

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 4:31

Let not thine hand be stretched out to receive,
and shut when thou shouldest repay.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 10:24-25a

"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.

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