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The Daily Readings for July 17, 2021

We've included both the Morning and Evening Psalms for the Daily Office; they are listed after the other readings. If you'd like to filter for a particular day's readings, you can do it at The Daily Readings Anytime.

1 Samuel 22:1-23

David left there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; when his brothers and all his father's house heard of it, they went down there to him. Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Those who were with him numbered about four hundred. David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. He said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come to you, until I know what God will do for me." He left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. Then the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not remain in the stronghold; leave, and go into the land of Judah." So David left, and went into the forest of Hereth. Saul heard that David and those who were with him had been located. Saul was sitting at Gibeah, under the tamarisk tree on the height, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing around him. Saul said to his servants who stood around him, "Hear now, you Benjaminites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds? Is that why all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a league with the son of Jesse, none of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as he is doing today." Doeg the Edomite, who was in charge of Saul's servants, answered, "I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech son of Ahitub; he inquired of the LORD for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine." The king sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and for all his father's house, the priests who were at Nob; and all of them came to the king. Saul said, "Listen now, son of Ahitub." He answered, "Here I am, my lord." Saul said to him, "Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Jesse, by giving him bread and a sword, and by inquiring of God for him, so that he has risen against me, to lie in wait, as he is doing today?" Then Ahimelech answered the king, "Who among all your servants is so faithful as David? He is the king's son-in-law, and is quick to do your bidding, and is honored in your house. Is today the first time that I have inquired of God for him? By no means! Do not let the king impute anything to his servant or to any member of my father's house; for your servant has known nothing of all this, much or little." The king said, "You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and all your father's house." The king said to the guard who stood around him, "Turn and kill the priests of the LORD, because their hand also is with David; they knew that he fled, and did not disclose it to me." But the servants of the king would not raise their hand to attack the priests of the LORD. Then the king said to Doeg, "You, Doeg, turn and attack the priests." Doeg the Edomite turned and attacked the priests; on that day he killed eighty-five who wore the linen ephod. Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; men and women, children and infants, oxen, donkeys, and sheep, he put to the sword. But one of the sons of Ahimelech son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David. Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the LORD. David said to Abiathar, "I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I am responsible for the lives of all your father's house. Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life seeks your life; you will be safe with me."

Acts 13:26-43

"My brothers, you descendants of Abraham's family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. Because the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they fulfilled those words by condemning him. Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed. When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, 'You are my Son; today I have begotten you.' As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, 'I will give you the holy promises made to David.' Therefore he has also said in another psalm, 'You will not let your Holy One experience corruption.' For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced corruption; but he whom God raised up experienced no corruption. Let it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; by this Jesus everyone who believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, that what the prophets said does not happen to you: 'Look, you scoffers! Be amazed and perish, for in your days I am doing a work, a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.'" As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people urged them to speak about these things again the next sabbath. When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

Mark 3:19-35

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, "He has gone out of his mind." And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons." And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. "Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"-- for they had said, "He has an unclean spirit." Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you." And he replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 30 Exaltabo te, Domine

  I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lifted me up *
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
  O LORD my God, I cried out to you, *
and you restored me to health.
  You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead; *
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
  Sing to the LORD, you servants of his; *
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
  For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *
his favor for a lifetime.
  Weeping may spend the night, *
but joy comes in the morning.
  While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed. *
You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
  Then you hid your face, *
and I was filled with fear.
  I cried to you, O LORD; *
I pleaded with the Lord, saying,
10   What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
11   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me; *
O LORD, be my helper."
12   You have turned my wailing into dancing; *
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
13   Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Psalm 32 Beati quorum

  Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, *
and whose sin is put away!
  Happy are they to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, *
and in whose spirit there is no guile!
  While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, *
because of my groaning all day long.
  For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; *
my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer.
  Then I acknowledged my sin to you, *
and did not conceal my guilt.
  I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD." *
Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin.
  Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; *
when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them.
  You are my hiding-place; you preserve me from trouble; *
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
  I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; *
I will guide you with my eye.
10   Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; *
who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you."
11   Great are the tribulations of the wicked; *
but mercy embraces those who trust in the LORD.
12   Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the LORD; *
shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 42 Quemadmodum

  As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
so longs my soul for you, O God.
  My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; *
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
  My tears have been my food day and night, *
while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?"
  I pour out my soul when I think on these things; *
how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, *
among those who keep holy-day.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
  Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
  My soul is heavy within me; *
therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
  One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; *
all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10   The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; *
in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
11   I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you forgotten me? *
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?"
12   While my bones are being broken, *
my enemies mock me to my face;
13   All day long they mock me *
and say to me, "Where now is your God?"
14   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
15   Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judica me, Deus

  Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; *
deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
  For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? *
and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?
  Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, *
and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
  That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; *
and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
  Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?
  Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted.

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