Daily scripture readings from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Sunday, January 15

Today's readings include passages from Psalms, Isaiah, Hebrews and John.

Psalm 114

1 When Israel went out from Egypt,     the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2 Judah became his sanctuary,     Israel his dominion. 3 The sea looked and fled;     Jordan turned back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams,     the hills like lambs. 5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee?     O Jordan, that you turn back? 6 O mountains, that you skip like rams?     O hills, like lambs? 7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,     at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 who turns the rock into a pool of water,     the flint into a spring of water.


Psalm 115

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he does all that he pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and gold,     the work of human hands. 5 They have mouths, but do not speak;     eyes, but do not see. 6 They have ears, but do not hear;     noses, but do not smell. 7 They have hands, but do not feel;     feet, but do not walk;     and they do not make a sound in their throat. 8 Those who make them become like them;     so do all who trust in them. 9 O Israel, trust in the Lord!     He is their help and their shield. 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!     He is their help and their shield. 11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!     He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us;     he will bless the house of Israel;     he will bless the house of Aaron; 13 he will bless those who fear the Lord,     both the small and the great. 14 May the Lord give you increase,     you and your children! 15 May you be blessed by the Lord,     who made heaven and earth! 16 The heavens are the Lord's heavens,     but the earth he has given to the children of man. 17 The dead do not praise the Lord,     nor do any who go down into silence. 18 But we will bless the Lord     from this time forth and forevermore.     Praise the Lord!


Psalm 148

1 Praise the Lord!     Praise the Lord from the heavens;     praise him in the heights! 2 Praise him, all his angels;     praise him, all his hosts! 3 Praise him, sun and moon,     praise him, all you shining stars! 4 Praise him, you highest heavens,     and you waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord!     For he commanded and they were created. 6 And he established them forever and ever;     he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth,     you great sea creatures and all deeps, 8 fire and hail, snow and mist,     stormy wind fulfilling his word! 9 Mountains and all hills,     fruit trees and all cedars! 10 Beasts and all livestock,     creeping things and flying birds! 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,     princes and all rulers of the earth! 12 Young men and maidens together,     old men and children! 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,     for his name alone is exalted;     his majesty is above earth and heaven. 14 He has raised up a horn for his people,     praise for all his saints,     for the people of Israel who are near to him.     Praise the Lord!


Psalm 149

1 Praise the Lord!     Sing to the Lord a new song,     his praise in the assembly of the godly! 2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker;     let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! 3 Let them praise his name with dancing,     making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;     he adorns the humble with salvation. 5 Let the godly exult in glory;     let them sing for joy on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats     and two-edged swords in their hands, 7 to execute vengeance on the nations     and punishments on the peoples, 8 to bind their kings with chains     and their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 to execute on them the judgment written!     This is honor for all his godly ones.     Praise the Lord!


Psalm 150

1 Praise the Lord!     Praise God in his sanctuary;     praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;     praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3 Praise him with trumpet sound;     praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;     praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;     praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!     Praise the Lord!


Isaiah 43:14-44:15

14 Thus says the Lord,     your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:     “For your sake I send to Babylon     and bring them all down as fugitives,     even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice. 15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,     the Creator of Israel, your King.” 16 Thus says the Lord,     who makes a way in the sea,     a path in the mighty waters, 17 who brings forth chariot and horse,     army and warrior;     they lie down, they cannot rise,     they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 18 “Remember not the former things,     nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?     I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert. 20 The wild beasts will honor me,     the jackals and the ostriches,     for I give water in the wilderness,     rivers in the desert,     to give drink to my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself     that they might declare my praise. 22 “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;     but you have been weary of me, O Israel! 23 You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,     or honored me with your sacrifices.     I have not burdened you with offerings,     or wearied you with frankincense. 24 You have not bought me sweet cane with money,     or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.     But you have burdened me with your sins;     you have wearied me with your iniquities. 25 “I, I am he     who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,     and I will not remember your sins. 26 Put me in remembrance; let us argue together;     set forth your case, that you may be proved right. 27 Your first father sinned,     and your mediators transgressed against me. 28 Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,     and deliver Jacob to utter destruction     and Israel to reviling. 44:1 “But now hear, O Jacob my servant,     Israel whom I have chosen! 2 Thus says the Lord who made you,     who formed you from the womb and will help you:     Fear not, O Jacob my servant,     Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,     and streams on the dry ground;     I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,     and my blessing on your descendants. 4 They shall spring up among the grass     like willows by flowing streams. 5 This one will say, ‘I am the Lord's,’     another will call on the name of Jacob,     and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord's,’     and name himself by the name of Israel.” 6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel     and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:     “I am the first and I am the last;     besides me there is no god. 7 Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.     Let him declare and set it before me,     since I appointed an ancient people.     Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8 Fear not, nor be afraid;     have I not told you from of old and declared it?     And you are my witnesses!     Is there a God besides me?     There is no Rock; I know not any.” 9 All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. 10 Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? 11 Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together. 12 The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil.He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. 14 He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it.


Hebrews 6:17-7:10

17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. 4 See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! 5 And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham. 6 But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8 In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. 9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.


John 4:27-42

27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

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