Daily scripture readings from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer

Sunday, January 8

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

Psalm 111

1 Praise the Lord!     I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,     in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord,     studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work,     and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;     the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him;     he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works,     in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just;     all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever,     to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people;     he has commanded his covenant forever.     Holy and awesome is his name! 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;     all those who practice it have a good understanding.     His praise endures forever!


Psalm 112

1 Praise the Lord!     Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,     who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land;     the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house,     and his righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;     he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;     who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved;     he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news;     his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,     until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;     his righteousness endures forever;     his horn is exalted in honor. 10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;     he gnashes his teeth and melts away;     the desire of the wicked will perish!


Psalm 113

1 Praise the Lord!     Praise, O servants of the Lord,     praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord     from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting,     the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations,     and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God,     who is seated on high, who looks far down     on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust     and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes,     with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home,     making her the joyous mother of children.     Praise the Lord!


Psalm 146

1 Praise the Lord!     Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live;     I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Put not your trust in princes,     in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;     on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,     whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth,     the sea, and all that is in them,     who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed,     who gives food to the hungry.     The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.     The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;     the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners;     he upholds the widow and the fatherless,     but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 10 The Lord will reign forever,     your God, O Zion, to all generations.     Praise the Lord!


Psalm 147

1 Praise the Lord!     For it is good to sing praises to our God;     for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem;     he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted     and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars;     he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;     his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble;     he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;     make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds;     he prepares rain for the earth;     he makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the beasts their food,     and to the young ravens that cry. 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,     nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,     in those who hope in his steadfast love. 12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!     Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;     he blesses your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders;     he fills you with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sends out his command to the earth;     his word runs swiftly. 16 He gives snow like wool;     he scatters frost like ashes. 17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;     who can stand before his cold? 18 He sends out his word, and melts them;     he makes his wind blow and the waters flow. 19 He declares his word to Jacob,     his statutes and rules to Israel. 20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;     they do not know his rules.     Praise the Lord!


Isaiah 40:1-11

1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,     and cry to her     that her warfare is ended,     that her iniquity is pardoned,     that she has received from the Lord's hand     double for all her sins. A voice cries:     “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;     make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up,     and every mountain and hill be made low;     the uneven ground shall become level,     and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,     and all flesh shall see it together,     for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry!”     And I said, “What shall I cry?”     All flesh is grass,     and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades     when the breath of the Lord blows on it;     surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades,     but the word of our God will stand forever. Go on up to a high mountain,     O Zion, herald of good news;     lift up your voice with strength,     O Jerusalem, herald of good news;     lift it up, fear not;     say to the cities of Judah,     “Behold your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord God comes with might,     and his arm rules for him;     behold, his reward is with him,     and his recompense before him. 11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;     he will gather the lambs in his arms;     he will carry them in his bosom,     and gently lead those that are with young.


Hebrews 1:1-12

1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God's angels worship him.” Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” 10 And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”


John 1:1-7, 19-20, 29-34

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. ... 19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” ... 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

  English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.