Monday, December 19, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Monday, December 19, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings
Monday, December 19, 2022
1 Samuel 2:1-10; Genesis 17:15-22; Galatians 4:8-20
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

1 Samuel 2:1-10
(Hannah’s song)
2:1 Hannah prayed and said,

  “My heart exults in the Lord;
     my strength is exalted in my God.
  My mouth derides my enemies
     because I rejoice in your victory.

2 There is no Holy One like the Lord,
     no one besides you;
     there is no Rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so very proudly;
     let not arrogance come from your mouth,
  for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
     and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty are broken,
     but the feeble gird on strength.
5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
     but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
  The barren has borne seven,
     but she who has many children is forlorn.
6 The Lord kills and brings to life;
     he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
     he brings low; he also exalts.
8 He raises up the poor from the dust;
     he lifts the needy from the ash heap
  to make them sit with princes
     and inherit a seat of honor.
  For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
     and on them he has set the world.

9 He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
     but the wicked will perish in darkness,
     for not by might does one prevail.
10 The Lord! His adversaries will be shattered;
      the Most High will thunder in heaven.
   The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
      he will give strength to his king
      and exalt the power of his anointed.”
Genesis 17:15-22
(God promises Sarah a son)
17:15 God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her and also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in your sight!” 19 God said, “No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” 22 And when he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
Galatians 4:8-20
(Paul’s labor for the Galatian church)
Paul Reproves the Galatians

4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. 9 Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental principles? How can you want to be enslaved to them again? 10 You are observing special days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.

12 Brothers and sisters, I beg you: become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong. 13 You know that it was because of a physical infirmity that I first announced the gospel to you; 14 though my condition put you to the test, you did not scorn or despise me but welcomed me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. 15 What has become of the goodwill you felt? For I testify that, had it been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They make much of you but for no good purpose; they want to exclude you, so that you may make much of them. 18 It is good to be made much of for a good purpose at all times and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, 20 I wish I were present with you now and could change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Bible Readings for Monday, December 19, 2022
1 Samuel 2:1-10; Genesis 17:15-22; Galatians 4:8-20

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