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The Daily Readings for January 22, 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 45:18-25

For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it a chaos, he formed it to be inhabited!): I am the LORD, and there is no other. I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, "Seek me in chaos." I the LORD speak the truth, I declare what is right. Assemble yourselves and come together, draw near, you survivors of the nations! They have no knowledge-- those who carry about their wooden idols, and keep on praying to a god that cannot save. Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the LORD? There is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is no one besides me. Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness a word that shall not return: "To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." Only in the LORD, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; all who were incensed against him shall come to him and be ashamed. In the LORD all the offspring of Israel shall triumph and glory.

Ephesians 6:1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"-- this is the first commandment with a promise: "so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free. And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

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 31 In te, Domine, speravi

  In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.
  Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.
  Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
  Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.
  Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.
  I hate those who cling to worthless idols, *
and I put my trust in the LORD.
  I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy; *
for you have seen my affliction; you know my distress.
  You have not shut me up in the power of the enemy; *
you have set my feet in an open place.
  Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am in trouble; *
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly.
10   For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; *
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones are consumed.
11   I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; *
when they see me in the street they avoid me.
12   I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; *
I am as useless as a broken pot.
13   For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is all around; *
they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life.
14   But as for me, I have trusted in you, O LORD. *
I have said, "You are my God.
15   My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16   Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."
17   LORD, let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; *
rather, let the wicked be put to shame; let them be silent in the grave.
18   Let the lying lips be silenced which speak against the righteous, *
haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt.
19   How great is your goodness, O LORD! which you have laid up for those who fear you; *
which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you.
20   You hide them in the covert of your presence from those who slander them; *
you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues.
21   Blessed be the LORD! *
for he has shown me the wonders of his love in a besieged city.
22   Yet I said in my alarm, "I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes." *
Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty when I cried out to you.
23   Love the LORD, all you who worship him; *
the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily.
24   Be strong and let your heart take courage, *
all you who wait for the LORD.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 35 Judica, Domine

  Fight those who fight me, O LORD; *
attack those who are attacking me.
  Take up shield and armor *
and rise up to help me.
  Draw the sword and bar the way against those who pursue me; *
say to my soul, "I am your salvation."
  Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled; *
let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
  Let them be like chaff before the wind, *
and let the angel of the LORD drive them away.
  Let their way be dark and slippery, *
and let the angel of the LORD pursue them.
  For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; *
without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive.
  Let ruin come upon them unawares; *
let them be caught in the net they hid; let them fall into the pit they dug.
  Then I will be joyful in the LORD; *
I will glory in his victory.
10   My very bones will say, "LORD, who is like you? *
You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them."
11   Malicious witnesses rise up against me; *
they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
12   They pay me evil in exchange for good; *
my soul is full of despair.
13   But when they were sick I dressed in sack-cloth *
and humbled myself by fasting.
14   I prayed with my whole heart, as one would for a friend or a brother; *
I behaved like one who mourns for his mother, bowed down and grieving.
15   But when I stumbled, they were glad and gathered together; they gathered against me; *
strangers whom I did not know tore me to pieces and would not stop.
16   They put me to the test and mocked me; *
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
17   O Lord, how long will you look on? *
rescue me from the roaring beasts, and my life from the young lions.
18   I will give you thanks in the great congregation; *
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
19   Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me, *
nor let those who hate me without a cause wink at each other.
20   For they do not plan for peace, *
but invent deceitful schemes against the quiet in the land.
21   They opened their mouths at me and said, *
"Aha! we saw it with our own eyes."
22   You saw it, O LORD; do not be silent; *
O Lord, be not far from me.
23   Awake, arise, to my cause! *
to my defense, my God and my Lord!
24   Give me justice, O LORD my God, according to your righteousness; *
do not let them triumph over me.
25   Do not let them say in their hearts, "Aha! just what we want!" *
Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up."
26   Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced; *
let those who boast against me be clothed with dismay and shame.
27   Let those who favor my cause sing out with joy and be glad; *
let them say always, "Great is the LORD, who desires the prosperity of his servant."
28   And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness *
and of your praise all the day long.

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