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The Daily Readings for January 21, 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.

Isaiah 45:5-17

I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the LORD do all these things. Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also; I the LORD have created it. Woe to you who strive with your Maker, earthen vessels with the potter! Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, "What are you making"? or "Your work has no handles"? Woe to anyone who says to a father, "What are you begetting?" or to a woman, "With what are you in labor?" Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands? I made the earth, and created humankind upon it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host. I have aroused Cyrus in righteousness, and I will make all his paths straight; he shall build my city and set my exiles free, not for price or reward, says the LORD of hosts. Thus says the LORD: The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia, and the Sabeans, tall of stature, shall come over to you and be yours, they shall follow you; they shall come over in chains and bow down to you. They will make supplication to you, saying, "God is with you alone, and there is no other; there is no god besides him." Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. All of them are put to shame and confounded, the makers of idols go in confusion together. But Israel is saved by the LORD with everlasting salvation; you shall not be put to shame or confounded to all eternity.

Ephesians 5:15-33

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendor, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind-- yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

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 37: Part I Noli aemulari

  Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
  For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
  Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
  Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
  Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
  He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
  Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
  Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
  Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
10   For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
11   In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
12   But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
13   The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
14   The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
15   The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
16   Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
17   The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
18   For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 37: Part II Novit Dominus
19   The LORD cares for the lives of the godly, *
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
20   They shall not be ashamed in bad times, *
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
21   As for the wicked, they shall perish, *
and the enemies of the LORD, like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish; they shall vanish like smoke.
22   The wicked borrow and do not repay, *
but the righteous are generous in giving.
23   Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land, *
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
24   Our steps are directed by the LORD; *
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
25   If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong, *
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
26   I have been young and now I am old, *
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken, or their children begging bread.
27   The righteous are always generous in their lending, *
and their children shall be a blessing.
28   Turn from evil, and do good, *
and dwell in the land for ever.
29   For the LORD loves justice; *
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
30   They shall be kept safe for ever, *
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
31   The righteous shall possess the land *
and dwell in it for ever.
32   The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, *
and their tongue speaks what is right.
33   The law of their God is in their heart, *
and their footsteps shall not falter.
34   The wicked spy on the righteous *
and seek occasion to kill them.
35   The LORD will not abandon them to their hand, *
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
36   Wait upon the LORD and keep his way; *
he will raise you up to possess the land, and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
37   I have seen the wicked in their arrogance, *
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
38   I went by, and behold, they were not there; *
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
39   Mark those who are honest; observe the upright; *
for there is a future for the peaceable.
40   Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all; *
the future of the wicked is cut off.
41   But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the LORD; *
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
42   The LORD will help them and rescue them; *
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, because they seek refuge in him.

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