Monday, January 31, 2022
Reading (2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13)
 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.
 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
[16:5] And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the Lord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the Lord hath bidden him.
 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day.
 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
Gospel (Mark 5:1-20)
 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
 But when he saw Yeshua afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Yeshua, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
 And forthwith Yeshua gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
 And they come to Yeshua, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
 Howbeit Yeshua suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Yeshua had done for him: and all men did marvel.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
First Reading (Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19)
 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:1-13)
 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Gospel (Luke 4:21-30)
 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Reading (2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17)
 And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:  But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
Gospel (Mark 4:35-41)
 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Friday, January 28, 2022
Reading (2 Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17)
 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
Gospel (Mark 4:26-34)
 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.
 But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Reading (2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29)
 Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
 And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord God?
 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.
 And now, O Lord God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
 And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.
 For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
Gospel (Mark 4:21-25)
 And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.  If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.
 For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Reading (2 Timothy 1:1-8)
 Paul, an apostle of Yeshua the Messiah by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Messiah Yeshua,
 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Gospel (Luke 10:1-9)
 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.  And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Reading (Acts 22:3-16)
 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.
 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.
 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Yeshua of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.
 And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus.
 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,
 Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.
 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.  And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Gospel (Mark 16:15-18)
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Reading (2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10)
 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.
 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.
 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.
 And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
Gospel (Mark 3:22-30)
 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:
 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
First Reading (Nehemiah 8:2-10)
 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
 Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
 And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the Lord your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-30)
 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Messiah.
 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
 For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
 And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.
 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
 Now ye are the body of Messiah, and members in particular.
 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Gospel (Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21)
 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
 And Yeshua returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Reading (2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27)
 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.
 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:
 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.
 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
Gospel (Mark 3:20-21)
 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.
 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.
Friday, January 21, 2022
Reading (1 Samuel 24:2-21)
 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.
 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.
 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
 And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.
 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord’s anointed.
 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
 As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
 After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.
 The Lord therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.
 And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.
 And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.
 And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the Lord had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.
 For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the Lord reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.
 And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.
 Swear now therefore unto me by the Lord, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.
Gospel (Mark 3:13-19)
 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.
 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:  And Simon he surnamed Peter;
 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:
 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,
 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.