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The Daily Readings for January 5, 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.

Joshua 1:1-9

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying, "My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

Hebrews 11:32-12:2

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-- who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented-- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

John 15:1-16

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 2 Quare fremuerunt gentes?

  Why are the nations in an uproar? *
Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
  Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot together, *
against the LORD and against his Anointed?
  Let us break their yoke, they say; *
let us cast off their bonds from us.
  He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *
the Lord has them in derision.
  Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *
and his rage fills them with terror.
  I myself have set my king *
. upon my holy hill of Zion
  Let me announce the decree of the LORD: *
he said to me, "You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
  Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *
and the ends of the earth for your possession.
  You shall crush them with an iron rod *
and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
10   And now, you kings, be wise; *
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11   Submit to the LORD with fear, *
and with trembling bow before him;
12   Lest he be angry and you perish; *
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
13   Happy are they all *
who take refuge in him!

Psalm 110 Dixit Dominus

  The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, *
until I make your enemies your footstool."
  The LORD will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, *
saying, "Rule over your enemies round about you.
  Princely state has been yours from the day of your birth; *
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning."
  The LORD has sworn and he will not recant: *
"You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."
  The Lord who is at your right hand will smite kings in the day of his wrath; *
he will rule over the nations.
  He will heap high the corpses; *
he will smash heads over the wide earth.
  He will drink from the brook beside the road; *
therefore he will lift high his head.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 29 Afferte Domino

  Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, *
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his Name; *
worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
  The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; *
the LORD is upon the mighty waters.
  The voice of the LORD is a powerful voice; *
the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
  The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees; *
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
  The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire; the voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; *
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
  The voice of the LORD makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
  And in the temple of the LORD *
all are crying, "Glory!"
10   The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; *
the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11   The LORD shall give strength to his people; *
the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Psalm 98 Cantate Domino

  Sing to the LORD a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
  With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
  The LORD has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
  He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
  Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
  Sing to the LORD with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
  With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the LORD.
  Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
  Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD, when he comes to judge the earth.
10   In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.

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