Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

January 24, 2018

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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

2 Samuel 7:1-17

1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies, 2 that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." 3 And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in thine heart, for the LORD is with thee."

4 And it came to pass that night that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, 5 "Go and tell My servant David, `Thus saith the LORD: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in? 6 For I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, "Why build ye not Me a house of cedar?"' 8 Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto My servant David, `Thus saith the LORD of hosts: I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men who are on the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as before, 11 and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies.

"`Also the LORD telleth thee that He will make thee a house. 12 And when thy days be fulfilled and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, who shall proceed out of thy loins, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; 15 but My mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever.'"

Psalm 89:1-37

1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever;
with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up for ever;
Thy faithfulness shalt Thou establish in the very heavens."

3 "I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn unto David My servant:
4 'Thy Seed will I establish for ever,
and build up thy throne to all generations.'"

5 And the heavens shall praise Thy wonders, O LORD,
Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD?
Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
and to be held in reverence by all them that are about Him.

8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto Thee?
Or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?
9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea;
when the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them.
10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain;
Thou hast scattered Thine enemies with Thy strong arm.
11 The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine;
as for the world and the fullness thereof, Thou hast founded them.
12 The north and the south, Thou hast created them;
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Thy name.
13 Thou hast a mighty arm;
strong is Thy hand, and high is Thy right hand.
14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne;
mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.

15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound!
They shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Thy countenance.
16 In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day,
and in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
17 For Thou art the glory of their strength,
and in Thy favor our horn shall be exalted.
18 For the LORD is our defense,
and the Holy One of Israel is our King.

19 Then Thou didst speak in a vision to Thy holy one and said, "I have laid help upon one that is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David My servant;
with My holy oil have I anointed him.
21 With him My hand shall be established;
Mine arm shall also strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not exact from him,
nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
23 And I will beat down his foes before his face,
and plague them that hate him.
24 But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand also over the sea,
and his right hand over the rivers.
26 He shall cry unto Me, 'Thou art my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation.'
27 Also I will make him My firstborn,
higher than the kings of the earth.
28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore,
and My covenant shall stand fast with him.
29 His Seed also will I make to endure for ever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.
30 If his children forsake My law and walk not in My judgments, 
31 if they break My statutes and keep not My commandments, 
32 then will I visit their transgression with the rod 
and their iniquity with stripes. 
33 Nevertheless My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, 
nor permit My faithfulness to fail. 
34 My covenant will I not break, 
nor alter the things which have gone out of My lips. 
35 Once have I sworn by My holiness 
that I will not lie unto David. 
36 His Seed shall endure for ever, 
and his throne as the sun before Me. 
37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, 
and as a faithful witness in the heaven."

Mark 4:1-20 

1 And He began again to teach by the seaside. And there was gathered unto Him a great multitude, so that He entered into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land. 2 And He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in His doctrine: 

3 "Hearken! Behold, there went out a sower to sow. 4 And it came to pass as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5 And some fell on stony ground where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground; and it yielded fruit that sprang up and increased and brought forth: some thirty, and some sixty, and some a hundredfold." 

9 And He said unto them, 

"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." 

10 And when He was alone, those who were about Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said unto them, 

"Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God; but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables, 12 that, `seeing they may see, and not perceive, and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted and their sins should be forgiven them.'" 

13 And He said unto them, 

"Know you not this parable? And how then will ye know all parables? 14 The sower soweth the Word. 15 And these are they by the wayside, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 but they have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time. Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word's sake, immediately they are offended. 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns, such as hear the Word, 19 but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becometh unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground, such as hear the Word and receive it and bring forth fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 7:3-5

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, `Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye,' and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 

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