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The Daily Readings for July 20, 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 25:1-22

Now Samuel died; and all Israel assembled and mourned for him. They buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David got up and went down to the wilderness of Paran. There was a man in Maon, whose property was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was clever and beautiful, but the man was surly and mean; he was a Calebite. David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, "Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in my name. Thus you shall salute him: 'Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. I hear that you have shearers; now your shepherds have been with us, and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing, all the time they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your sight; for we have come on a feast day. Please give whatever you have at hand to your servants and to your son David.'" When David's young men came, they said all this to Nabal in the name of David; and then they waited. But Nabal answered David's servants, "Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are breaking away from their masters. Shall I take my bread and my water and the meat that I have butchered for my shearers, and give it to men who come from I do not know where?" So David's young men turned away, and came back and told him all this. David said to his men, "Every man strap on his sword!" And every one of them strapped on his sword; David also strapped on his sword; and about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage. But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, "David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master; and he shouted insults at them. Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we never missed anything when we were in the fields, as long as we were with them; they were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. Now therefore know this and consider what you should do; for evil has been decided against our master and against all his house; he is so ill-natured that no one can speak to him." Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs. She loaded them on donkeys and said to her young men, "Go on ahead of me; I am coming after you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal. As she rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain, David and his men came down toward her; and she met them. Now David had said, "Surely it was in vain that I protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; but he has returned me evil for good. God do so to David and more also, if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him."

Acts 14:1-18

The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through them. But the residents of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they continued proclaiming the good news. In Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet and had never walked, for he had been crippled from birth. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said in a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And the man sprang up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!" Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifice. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, "Friends, why are you doing this? We are mortals just like you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to follow their own ways; yet he has not left himself without a witness in doing good-- giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filling you with food and your hearts with joy." Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

Mark 4:21-34

He said to them, "Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!" And he said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away." He also said, "The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come." He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 45 Eructavit cor meum

  My heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; *
my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.
  You are the fairest of men; *
grace flows from your lips, because God has blessed you for ever.
  Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, *
in your pride and in your majesty.
  Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth *
and for the sake of justice.
  Your right hand will show you marvelous things; *
your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior.
  The peoples are falling at your feet, *
and the king's enemies are losing heart.
  Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom; you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
  Therefore God, your God, has anointed you *
with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
  All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, *
and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.
10   Kings' daughters stand among the ladies of the court; *
on your right hand is the queen, adorned with the gold of Ophir.
11   Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
forget your people and your father's house.
12   The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
he is your master; therefore do him honor.
13   The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
the rich among the people seek your favor."
14   All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
her gown is cloth-of-gold.
15   In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
16   With joy and gladness they are brought, *
and enter into the palace of the king.
17   In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
you shall make them princes over all the earth.
18   I will make your name to be remembered from one generation to another; *
therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever."

Evening Psalms

Psalm 47 Omnes gentes, plaudite

  Clap your hands, all you peoples; *
shout to God with a cry of joy.
  For the LORD Most High is to be feared; *
he is the great King over all the earth.
  He subdues the peoples under us, *
and the nations under our feet.
  He chooses our inheritance for us, *
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
  God has gone up with a shout, *
the LORD with the sound of the ram's-horn.
  Sing praises to God, sing praises; *
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
  For God is King of all the earth; *
sing praises with all your skill.
  God reigns over the nations; *
God sits upon his holy throne.
  The nobles of the peoples have gathered together *
with the people of the God of Abraham.
10   The rulers of the earth belong to God, *
and he is highly exalted.

Psalm 48 Magnus Dominus

  Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; *
in the city of our God is his holy hill.
  Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, *
the very center of the world and the city of the great King.
  God is in her citadels; *
he is known to be her sure refuge.
  Behold, the kings of the earth assembled *
and marched forward together.
  They looked and were astounded; *
they retreated and fled in terror.
  Trembling seized them there; *
they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them.
  As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; *
God has established her for ever.
  We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *
in the midst of your temple.
  Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world's end; *
your right hand is full of justice.
10   Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
because of your judgments.
11   Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about her; *
count the number of her towers.
12   Consider well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds; *
that you may tell those who come after.
13   This God is our God for ever and ever; *
he shall be our guide for evermore.

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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