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The congregation of Countryside is encouraged to not only read ahead in the texts we will be sharing and studying together during our services, but also to personally read the Scriptures together as a congregation. Here you will find Scripture for the day (a Psalm for each morning (always at least the first Psalm) and night, and selections from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels), as well as weekly and daily prayers. Together we read through the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament every two years. The Scripture selections, and the prayers, are from common sources used by most Christians throughout the world.

The historic church found expression in the same rhythms of worship and devotion that were evident in the early church, and among the Hebrews, God's people, before that.  Our hope is that the regular reminder will be of encouragement to us all to join the people of God in reading the Scriptures and praying. Both are meant to go together with our daily prayer and communion service.

Reading for Mon, Jan 27

Psalm 41

Psalm 41[a]

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Blessed(A) are those who have regard for the weak;(B)
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.(C)
The Lord protects(D) and preserves them—(E)
they are counted among the blessed in the land—(F)
he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.(G)
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed(H)
and restores them from their bed of illness.(I)

I said, “Have mercy(J) on me, Lord;
heal(K) me, for I have sinned(L) against you.”
My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?(M)
When one of them comes to see me,
he speaks falsely,(N) while his heart gathers slander;(O)
then he goes out and spreads(P) it around.

All my enemies whisper together(Q) against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,
“A vile disease has afflicted him;
he will never get up(R) from the place where he lies.”
Even my close friend,(S)
someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
has turned[b] against me.(T)

10 But may you have mercy(U) on me, Lord;
raise me up,(V) that I may repay(W) them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,(X)
for my enemy does not triumph over me.(Y)
12 Because of my integrity(Z) you uphold me(AA)
and set me in your presence forever.(AB)

13 Praise(AC) be to the Lord, the God of Israel,(AD)
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.(AE)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 41:1 In Hebrew texts 41:1-13 is numbered 41:2-14.
  2. Psalm 41:9 Hebrew has lifted up his heel
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Psalm 52

Psalm 52[a]

For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. When Doeg the Edomite(A) had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast(B) all day long,(C)
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,(D)
your tongue plots destruction;(E)
it is like a sharpened razor.(F)
You love evil(G) rather than good,
falsehood(H) rather than speaking the truth.[c]
You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!(I)

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck(J) you from your tent;
he will uproot(K) you from the land of the living.(L)
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh(M) at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold(N)
but trusted in his great wealth(O)
and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree(P)
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust(Q) in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you(R)
in the presence of your faithful people.(S)
And I will hope in your name,(T)
for your name is good.(U)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 52:1 In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.
  2. Psalm 52:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 52:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.
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Psalm 44

Psalm 44[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b]

We have heard it with our ears,(A) O God;
our ancestors have told us(B)
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.(C)
With your hand you drove out(D) the nations
and planted(E) our ancestors;
you crushed(F) the peoples
and made our ancestors flourish.(G)
It was not by their sword(H) that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand,(I) your arm,(J)
and the light(K) of your face, for you loved(L) them.

You are my King(M) and my God,(N)
who decrees[c] victories(O) for Jacob.
Through you we push back(P) our enemies;
through your name we trample(Q) our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,(R)
my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory(S) over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.(T)
In God we make our boast(U) all day long,(V)
and we will praise your name forever.[d](W)

But now you have rejected(X) and humbled us;(Y)
you no longer go out with our armies.(Z)
10 You made us retreat(AA) before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plundered(AB) us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep(AC)
and have scattered us among the nations.(AD)
12 You sold your people for a pittance,(AE)
gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach(AF) to our neighbors,(AG)
the scorn(AH) and derision(AI) of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword(AJ) among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads(AK) at us.
15 I live in disgrace(AL) all day long,
and my face is covered with shame(AM)
16 at the taunts(AN) of those who reproach and revile(AO) me,
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.(AP)

17 All this came upon us,
though we had not forgotten(AQ) you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned(AR) back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed(AS) us and made us a haunt for jackals;(AT)
you covered us over with deep darkness.(AU)

20 If we had forgotten(AV) the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,(AW)
21 would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?(AX)
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep(AY) to be slaughtered.(AZ)

23 Awake,(BA) Lord! Why do you sleep?(BB)
Rouse yourself!(BC) Do not reject us forever.(BD)
24 Why do you hide your face(BE)
and forget(BF) our misery and oppression?(BG)

25 We are brought down to the dust;(BH)
our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up(BI) and help us;
rescue(BJ) us because of your unfailing love.(BK)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 44:1 In Hebrew texts 44:1-26 is numbered 44:2-27.
  2. Psalm 44:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 44:4 Septuagint, Aquila and Syriac; Hebrew King, O God; / command
  4. Psalm 44:8 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 44:1 : 2Sa 7:22; 1Ch 17:20; Jer 26:11
  2. Psalm 44:1 : S Jdg 6:13
  3. Psalm 44:1 : S Dt 32:7; S Job 37:23
  4. Psalm 44:2 : S Jos 3:10; Ac 7:45
  5. Psalm 44:2 : S Ex 15:17; S Isa 60:21
  6. Psalm 44:2 : S Jdg 4:23; S 2Ch 14:13
  7. Psalm 44:2 : Ps 80:9; Jer 32:23
  8. Psalm 44:3 : Jos 24:12
  9. Psalm 44:3 : Ps 78:54
  10. Psalm 44:3 : Ex 15:16; Ps 77:15; 79:11; 89:10; 98:1; Isa 40:10; 52:10; 63:5
  11. Psalm 44:3 : Ps 89:15
  12. Psalm 44:3 : S Dt 4:37
  13. Psalm 44:4 : S Ps 24:7
  14. Psalm 44:4 : Ps 5:2
  15. Psalm 44:4 : S Ps 21:5
  16. Psalm 44:5 : S Jos 23:5
  17. Psalm 44:5 : Ps 60:12; 108:13
  18. Psalm 44:6 : Ge 48:22; Hos 1:7
  19. Psalm 44:7 : S Dt 20:4
  20. Psalm 44:7 : S Job 8:22
  21. Psalm 44:8 : S Ps 34:2; 1Co 1:31; 2Co 10:17
  22. Psalm 44:8 : Ps 52:1
  23. Psalm 44:8 : S Ps 30:12
  24. Psalm 44:9 : S Ps 43:2
  25. Psalm 44:9 : S Dt 8:3; S 31:17; Ps 107:39; Isa 5:15
  26. Psalm 44:9 : S Jos 7:12; Ps 108:11
  27. Psalm 44:10 : S Lev 26:17
  28. Psalm 44:10 : S Jdg 2:14
  29. Psalm 44:11 : ver 22; Jer 12:3
  30. Psalm 44:11 : S Lev 26:33; S Ps 9:11; Eze 6:8; Zec 2:6
  31. Psalm 44:12 : S Dt 32:30; Isa 52:3; Jer 15:13; 50:1; 52:3
  32. Psalm 44:13 : S 2Ch 29:8; Isa 30:3; Jer 25:9; 42:18; 44:8
  33. Psalm 44:13 : Ps 79:4; 80:6; 89:41
  34. Psalm 44:13 : S Dt 28:37; S Mic 2:6
  35. Psalm 44:13 : Eze 23:32
  36. Psalm 44:14 : S 1Ki 9:7
  37. Psalm 44:14 : S 2Ki 19:21
  38. Psalm 44:15 : Ge 30:23; 2Ch 32:21; Ps 35:26
  39. Psalm 44:15 : S Ps 34:5
  40. Psalm 44:16 : S Ps 42:10
  41. Psalm 44:16 : Ps 10:13; 55:3; 74:10
  42. Psalm 44:16 : S 1Sa 18:25; S Jer 11:19; Ro 12:19
  43. Psalm 44:17 : S Dt 6:12; S 32:18; Ps 119:16, 61, 153, 176; Pr 3:1
  44. Psalm 44:18 : Ps 119:51, 157
  45. Psalm 44:19 : S 2Ch 14:13; Ps 51:8
  46. Psalm 44:19 : S Job 30:29; S Isa 34:13
  47. Psalm 44:19 : S Job 3:5
  48. Psalm 44:20 : S Dt 32:18; S Jdg 3:7
  49. Psalm 44:20 : S Ex 20:3; Isa 43:12; Jer 5:19
  50. Psalm 44:21 : S 1Sa 16:7; 1Ki 8:39; Pr 15:11; Jer 12:3; 17:10
  51. Psalm 44:22 : S ver 11
  52. Psalm 44:22 : Isa 53:7; Jer 11:19; 12:3; Ro 8:36*
  53. Psalm 44:23 : S Ps 7:6
  54. Psalm 44:23 : Ps 78:65
  55. Psalm 44:23 : Ps 59:5
  56. Psalm 44:23 : Ps 74:1; 77:7
  57. Psalm 44:24 : S Dt 32:20; Ps 13:1
  58. Psalm 44:24 : La 5:20
  59. Psalm 44:24 : S Dt 26:7
  60. Psalm 44:25 : Ps 119:25
  61. Psalm 44:26 : S Nu 10:35; S Ps 12:5; 102:13
  62. Psalm 44:26 : Ps 26:11
  63. Psalm 44:26 : Ps 6:4
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Genesis 14

Abram Rescues Lot

14 At the time when Amraphel was king of Shinar,[a](A) Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer(B) king of Elam(C) and Tidal king of Goyim, these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim,(D) and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).(E) All these latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim(F) (that is, the Dead Sea Valley(G)). For twelve years they had been subject to Kedorlaomer,(H) but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer(I) and the kings allied with him went out and defeated the Rephaites(J) in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites(K) in Shaveh Kiriathaim and the Horites(L) in the hill country of Seir,(M) as far as El Paran(N) near the desert. Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh),(O) and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites,(P) as well as the Amorites(Q) who were living in Hazezon Tamar.(R)

Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah,(S) the king of Admah, the king of Zeboyim(T) and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar)(U) marched out and drew up their battle lines in the Valley of Siddim(V) against Kedorlaomer(W) king of Elam,(X) Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim(Y) was full of tar(Z) pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah(AA) fled, some of the men fell into them and the rest fled to the hills.(AB) 11 The four kings seized all the goods(AC) of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away. 12 They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot(AD) and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.

13 A man who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew.(AE) Now Abram was living near the great trees of Mamre(AF) the Amorite, a brother[b] of Eshkol(AG) and Aner, all of whom were allied with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his relative(AH) had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained(AI) men born in his household(AJ) and went in pursuit as far as Dan.(AK) 15 During the night Abram divided his men(AL) to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.(AM) 16 He recovered(AN) all the goods(AO) and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer(AP) and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom(AQ) came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).(AR)

18 Then Melchizedek(AS) king of Salem(AT) brought out bread(AU) and wine.(AV) He was priest of God Most High,(AW) 19 and he blessed Abram,(AX) saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,(AY)
Creator of heaven and earth.(AZ)
20 And praise be to God Most High,(BA)
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.(BB)

21 The king of Sodom(BC) said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods(BD) for yourself.”

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom,(BE) “With raised hand(BF) I have sworn an oath to the Lord, God Most High,(BG) Creator of heaven and earth,(BH) 23 that I will accept nothing belonging to you,(BI) not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 24 I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre.(BJ) Let them have their share.”

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 14:1 That is, Babylonia; also in verse 9
  2. Genesis 14:13 Or a relative; or an ally

Cross references:

  1. Genesis 14:1 : S Ge 10:10
  2. Genesis 14:1 : ver 4, 9, 17
  3. Genesis 14:1 : S Ge 10:22
  4. Genesis 14:2 : S Ge 10:19
  5. Genesis 14:2 : S Ge 13:10
  6. Genesis 14:3 : ver 8, 10
  7. Genesis 14:3 : Nu 34:3, 12; Dt 3:17; Jos 3:16; 12:3; 15:2, 5; 18:19
  8. Genesis 14:4 : S ver 1
  9. Genesis 14:5 : S ver 1
  10. Genesis 14:5 : Ge 15:20; Dt 2:11, 20; 3:11, 13; Jos 12:4; 13:12; 17:15; 1Ch 20:4
  11. Genesis 14:5 : Dt 2:10
  12. Genesis 14:6 : Ge 36:20; Dt 2:12, 22
  13. Genesis 14:6 : Ge 32:3; 33:14, 16; 36:8; Dt 1:2; 2:1, 5, 22; Jos 11:17; 24:4; 1Ch 4:42; Isa 34:5; Eze 25:8; 35:2; Am 1:6
  14. Genesis 14:6 : Ge 21:21; Nu 10:12; 12:16; 13:3, 26; Hab 3:3
  15. Genesis 14:7 : Ge 16:14; 20:1; Nu 13:26; 20:1; 32:8; Dt 1:2; Jos 10:41; Jdg 11:16; Ps 29:8
  16. Genesis 14:7 : Ex 17:8; Nu 13:29; 14:25; 24:20; Dt 25:17; Jdg 3:13; 6:3; 10:12; 12:15; 1Sa 14:48; 15:2; 28:18; 2Sa 1:1; 1Ch 4:43; Ps 83:7
  17. Genesis 14:7 : Nu 13:29; Dt 1:4; Jos 2:10; 13:4
  18. Genesis 14:7 : 2Ch 20:2; Eze 48:28
  19. Genesis 14:8 : S Ge 13:10
  20. Genesis 14:8 : Dt 29:23; Hos 11:8
  21. Genesis 14:8 : S Ge 13:10
  22. Genesis 14:8 : S ver 3
  23. Genesis 14:9 : S ver 1
  24. Genesis 14:9 : S Ge 10:22
  25. Genesis 14:10 : S ver 3
  26. Genesis 14:10 : Ge 11:3
  27. Genesis 14:10 : ver 17, 21
  28. Genesis 14:10 : Ge 19:17, 30; Jos 2:16; Ps 11:1
  29. Genesis 14:11 : ver 16, 21
  30. Genesis 14:12 : S Ge 11:27
  31. Genesis 14:13 : Ge 37:28; 39:14, 17; 40:15; 41:12; 43:32; Ex 3:18; 1Sa 4:6; 14:11
  32. Genesis 14:13 : ver 24; S Ge 13:18
  33. Genesis 14:13 : Nu 13:23; 32:9; Dt 1:24
  34. Genesis 14:14 : ver 12
  35. Genesis 14:14 : Dt 4:9; Pr 22:6
  36. Genesis 14:14 : S Ge 12:5
  37. Genesis 14:14 : Dt 34:1; Jdg 18:29; 1Ki 15:20
  38. Genesis 14:15 : Jdg 7:16
  39. Genesis 14:15 : Ge 15:2; 2Sa 8:5; 1Ki 20:34; 2Ki 16:9; Isa 7:8; 8:4; 10:9; 17:1; Jer 49:23, 27; Eze 27:18; Am 1:3-5
  40. Genesis 14:16 : 1Sa 30:8, 18
  41. Genesis 14:16 : S ver 11
  42. Genesis 14:17 : S ver 1
  43. Genesis 14:17 : S ver 10
  44. Genesis 14:17 : 2Sa 18:18
  45. Genesis 14:18 : Ps 110:4; Heb 5:6; 7:17, 21
  46. Genesis 14:18 : Ps 76:2; Heb 7:2
  47. Genesis 14:18 : S Ge 3:19
  48. Genesis 14:18 : Jdg 9:13; 19:19; Est 1:10; Ps 104:15; Pr 31:6; Ecc 10:19; SS 1:2
  49. Genesis 14:18 : ver 22; Ps 7:8, 17; Da 7:27
  50. Genesis 14:19 : Heb 7:6
  51. Genesis 14:19 : ver 18
  52. Genesis 14:19 : ver 22; S Ge 1:1; 24:3; Jos 2:11; Ps 148:5; Mt 11:25
  53. Genesis 14:20 : S Ge 9:26; S 24:27
  54. Genesis 14:20 : Ge 28:22; Dt 14:22; 26:12; Lk 18:12; Heb 7:4
  55. Genesis 14:21 : S ver 10
  56. Genesis 14:21 : S ver 11
  57. Genesis 14:22 : S ver 10
  58. Genesis 14:22 : Ex 6:8; Nu 14:30; Dt 32:40; Ne 9:15; Eze 20:5; Da 12:7; Rev 10:5-6
  59. Genesis 14:22 : S ver 18
  60. Genesis 14:22 : S ver 19
  61. Genesis 14:23 : 1Sa 15:3, 19; 2Ki 5:16; Est 8:11; 9:10, 15
  62. Genesis 14:24 : S Ge 13:18
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Hebrews 8

The High Priest of a New Covenant

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest,(A) who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,(B) and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle(C) set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest(D) is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices,(E) and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.(F) If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.(G) They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy(H) and shadow(I) of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned(J) when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a](K) But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant(L) of which he is mediator(M) is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.(N) But God found fault with the people and said[b]:

“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant(O)
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors(P)
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant(Q) I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.(R)
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.(S)
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,(T)
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.(U)[c](V)

13 By calling this covenant “new,”(W) he has made the first one obsolete;(X) and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 8:5 Exodus 25:40
  2. Hebrews 8:8 Some manuscripts may be translated fault and said to the people.
  3. Hebrews 8:12 Jer. 31:31-34
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John 4:43-54

Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

43 After the two days(A) he left for Galilee. 44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)(B) 45 When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival,(C) for they also had been there.

46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine.(D) And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,(E) he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,”(F) Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household(G) believed.

54 This was the second sign(H) Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

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