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The Daily Readings for July 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.

1 Samuel 25:23-44

When Abigail saw David, she hurried and alighted from the donkey, fell before David on her face, bowing to the ground. She fell at his feet and said, "Upon me alone, my lord, be the guilt; please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant. My lord, do not take seriously this ill-natured fellow, Nabal; for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him; but I, your servant, did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, since the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from taking vengeance with your own hand, now let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be like Nabal. And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. Please forgive the trespass of your servant; for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD; and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live. If anyone should rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living under the care of the LORD your God; but the lives of your enemies he shall sling out as from the hollow of a sling. When the LORD has done to my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you prince over Israel, my lord shall have no cause of grief, or pangs of conscience, for having shed blood without cause or for having saved himself. And when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your servant." David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today! Blessed be your good sense, and blessed be you, who have kept me today from bloodguilt and from avenging myself by my own hand! For as surely as the LORD the God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there would not have been left to Nabal so much as one male." Then David received from her hand what she had brought him; he said to her, "Go up to your house in peace; see, I have heeded your voice, and I have granted your petition." Abigail came to Nabal; he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; so she told him nothing at all until the morning light. In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him; he became like a stone. About ten days later the LORD struck Nabal, and he died. When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, "Blessed be the LORD who has judged the case of Nabal's insult to me, and has kept back his servant from evil; the LORD has returned the evildoing of Nabal upon his own head." Then David sent and wooed Abigail, to make her his wife. When David's servants came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, "David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife." She rose and bowed down, with her face to the ground, and said, "Your servant is a slave to wash the feet of the servants of my lord." Abigail got up hurriedly and rode away on a donkey; her five maids attended her. She went after the messengers of David and became his wife. David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel; both of them became his wives. Saul had given his daughter Michal, David's wife, to Palti son of Laish, who was from Gallim.

Acts 14:19-28

But Jews came there from Antioch and Iconium and won over the crowds. Then they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples surrounded him, he got up and went into the city. The next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, "It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God." And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. And they stayed there with the disciples for some time.

Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119: Zayin Memor esto verbi tui
49   Remember your word to your servant, *
because you have given me hope.
50   This is my comfort in my trouble, *
that your promise gives me life.
51   The proud have derided me cruelly, *
but I have not turned from your law.
52   When I remember your judgments of old, *
O LORD, I take great comfort.
53   I am filled with a burning rage, *
because of the wicked who forsake your law.
54   Your statutes have been like songs to me *
wherever I have lived as a stranger.
55   I remember your Name in the night, O LORD, *
and dwell upon your law.
56   This is how it has been with me, *
because I have kept your commandments.

Psalm 119: Heth Portio mea, Domine
57   You only are my portion, O LORD; *
I have promised to keep your words.
58   I entreat you with all my heart, *
be merciful to me according to your promise.
59   I have considered my ways *
and turned my feet toward your decrees.
60   I hasten and do not tarry *
to keep your commandments.
61   Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
I do not forget your law.
62   At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
because of your righteous judgments.
63   I am a companion of all who fear you *
and of those who keep your commandments.
64   The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
instruct me in your statutes.

Psalm 119: Teth Bonitatem fecisti
65   O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant, *
according to your word.
66   Teach me discernment and knowledge, *
for I have believed in your commandments.
67   Before I was afflicted I went astray, *
but now I keep your word.
68   You are good and you bring forth good; *
instruct me in your statutes.
69   The proud have smeared me with lies, *
but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
70   Their heart is gross and fat, *
but my delight is in your law.
71   It is good for me that I have been afflicted, *
that I might learn your statutes.
72   The law of your mouth is dearer to me *
than thousands in gold and silver.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 49 Audite haec, omnes

  Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.
  My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
  I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.
  Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
  The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?
  We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
  For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
  In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.
  For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
10   Their graves shall be their homes for ever, their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
11   Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.
12   Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, *
and the end of those who delight in their own words.
13   Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die; Death is their shepherd; *
they go down straightway to the grave.
14   Their form shall waste away, *
and the land of the dead shall be their home.
15   But God will ransom my life; *
he will snatch me from the grasp of death.
16   Do not be envious when some become rich, *
or when the grandeur of their house increases;
17   For they will carry nothing away at their death, *
nor will their grandeur follow them.
18   Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, *
and were praised for their success,
19   They shall join the company of their forebears, *
who will never see the light again.
20   Those who are honored, but have no understanding, *
are like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 53 Dixit insipiens

  The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." *
All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good.
  God looks down from heaven upon us all, *
to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God.
  Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; *
there is none who does good; no, not one.
  Have they no knowledge, those evildoers *
who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon God?
  See how greatly they tremble, such trembling as never was; *
for God has scattered the bones of the enemy; they are put to shame, because God has rejected them.
  Oh, that Israel's deliverance would come out of Zion! *
when God restores the fortunes of his people Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

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