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The Daily Readings for July 29, 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.

2 Samuel 4:1-12

When Saul's son Ishbaal heard that Abner had died at Hebron, his courage failed, and all Israel was dismayed. Saul's son had two captains of raiding bands; the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab. They were sons of Rimmon a Benjaminite from Beeroth-- for Beeroth is considered to belong to Benjamin. (Now the people of Beeroth had fled to Gittaim and are there as resident aliens to this day). Saul's son Jonathan had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled; and, in her haste to flee, it happened that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth. Now the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out, and about the heat of the day they came to the house of Ishbaal, while he was taking his noonday rest. They came inside the house as though to take wheat, and they struck him in the stomach; then Rechab and his brother Baanah escaped. Now they had come into the house while he was lying on his couch in his bedchamber; they attacked him, killed him, and beheaded him. Then they took his head and traveled by way of the Arabah all night long. They brought the head of Ishbaal to David at Hebron and said to the king, "Here is the head of Ishbaal, son of Saul, your enemy, who sought your life; the LORD has avenged my lord the king this day on Saul and on his offspring." David answered Rechab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, "As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity, when the one who told me, 'See, Saul is dead,' thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag-- this was the reward I gave him for his news. How much more then, when wicked men have killed a righteous man on his bed in his own house! And now shall I not require his blood at your hand, and destroy you from the earth?" So David commanded the young men, and they killed them; they cut off their hands and feet, and hung their bodies beside the pool at Hebron. But the head of Ishbaal they took and buried in the tomb of Abner at Hebron.

Acts 16:25-40

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were unfastened. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted in a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them outside and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God. When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, "Let those men go." And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, "The magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in peace." But Paul replied, "They have beaten us in public, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they going to discharge us in secret? Certainly not! Let them come and take us out themselves." The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens; so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. After leaving the prison they went to Lydia's home; and when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they departed.

Mark 7:1-23

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?" He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.' You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition." Then he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother' and, 'Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.' But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, 'Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban' (that is, an offering to God)-- then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this." Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile." When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, "Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, "It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."

Morning Psalms

Psalm 70 Deus, in adjutorium

  Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; *
O LORD, make haste to help me.
  Let those who seek my life be ashamed and altogether dismayed; *
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be disgraced.
  Let those who say to me "Aha!" and gloat over me turn back, *
because they are ashamed.
  Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; *
let those who love your salvation say for ever, "Great is the LORD!"
  But as for me, I am poor and needy; *
come to me speedily, O God.
  You are my helper and my deliverer; *
O LORD, do not tarry.

Psalm 71 In te, Domine, speravi

  In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; *
let me never be ashamed.
  In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; *
incline your ear to me and save me.
  Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
you are my crag and my stronghold.
  Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, *
from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor.
  For you are my hope, O LORD God, *
my confidence since I was young.
  I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother's womb you have been my strength; *
my praise shall be always of you.
  I have become a portent to many; *
but you are my refuge and my strength.
  Let my mouth be full of your praise *
and your glory all the day long.
  Do not cast me off in my old age; *
forsake me not when my strength fails.
10   For my enemies are talking against me, *
and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together.
11   They say, "God has forsaken him; go after him and seize him; *
because there is none who will save."
12   O God, be not far from me; *
come quickly to help me, O my God.
13   Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; *
let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach.
14   But I shall always wait in patience, *
and shall praise you more and more.
15   My mouth shall recount your mighty acts and saving deeds all day long; *
though I cannot know the number of them.
16   I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord GOD; *
I will recall your righteousness, yours alone.
17   O God, you have taught me since I was young, *
and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
18   And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *
till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come.
19   Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; *
you have done great things; who is like you, O God?
20   You have showed me great troubles and adversities, *
but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth.
21   You strengthen me more and more; *
you enfold and comfort me,
22   Therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; *
I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
23   My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, *
and so will my soul, which you have redeemed.
24   My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, *
for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 74 Ut quid, Deus?

  O God, why have you utterly cast us off? *
why is your wrath so hot against the sheep of your pasture?
  Remember your congregation that you purchased long ago, *
the tribe you redeemed to be your inheritance, and Mount Zion where you dwell.
  Turn your steps toward the endless ruins; *
the enemy has laid waste everything in your sanctuary.
  Your adversaries roared in your holy place; *
they set up their banners as tokens of victory.
  They were like men coming up with axes to a grove of trees; *
they broke down all your carved work with hatchets and hammers.
  They set fire to your holy place; *
they defiled the dwelling-place of your Name and razed it to the ground.
  They said to themselves, "Let us destroy them altogether." *
They burned down all the meeting-places of God in the land.
  There are no signs for us to see; there is no prophet left; *
there is not one among us who knows how long.
  How long, O God, will the adversary scoff? *
will the enemy blaspheme your Name for ever?
10   Why do you draw back your hand? *
why is your right hand hidden in your bosom?
11   Yet God is my King from ancient times, *
victorious in the midst of the earth.
12   You divided the sea by your might *
and shattered the heads of the dragons upon the waters;
13   You crushed the heads of Leviathan *
and gave him to the people of the desert for food.
14   You split open spring and torrent; *
you dried up ever-flowing rivers.
15   Yours is the day, yours also the night; *
you established the moon and the sun.
16   You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; *
you made both summer and winter.
17   Remember, O LORD, how the enemy scoffed, *
how a foolish people despised your Name.
18   Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; *
never forget the lives of your poor.
19   Look upon your covenant; *
the dark places of the earth are haunts of violence.
20   Let not the oppressed turn away ashamed; *
let the poor and needy praise your Name.
21   Arise, O God, maintain your cause; *
remember how fools revile you all day long.
22   Forget not the clamor of your adversaries, *
the unending tumult of those who rise up against you.

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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