Daily Reading for Friday, January 26th, 2018 – Bible

Daily Reading for Friday January 26, 2018

Reading 1, Second Samuel 11:1-4, 5-10, 13-17
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 6-7, 10-11
Gospel, Mark 4:26-34


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Reading 1, Second Samuel 11:1-4, 5-10, 13-17

1 At the turn of the year, at the time when kings go campaigning, David sent Joab and with him his guards and all Israel. They massacred the Ammonites and laid siege to Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites. David, however, remained in Jerusalem.

2 It happened towards evening when David had got up from resting and was strolling on the palace roof, that from the roof he saw a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.

3 David made enquiries about this woman and was told, ‘Why, that is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite.’

4 David then sent messengers to fetch her. She came to him, and he lay with her, just after she had purified herself from her period. She then went home again.

5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, ‘I am pregnant.’

6 David then sent word to Joab, ‘Send me Uriah the Hittite,’ whereupon Joab sent Uriah to David.

7 When Uriah reached him, David asked how Joab was and how the army was and how the war was going.

8 David then said to Uriah, ‘Go down to your house and wash your feet.’ Uriah left the palace and was followed by a present from the king’s table.

9 Uriah, however, slept at the palace gate with all his master’s bodyguard and did not go down to his house.

10 This was reported to David; ‘Uriah’, they said ‘has not gone down to his house.’ So David asked Uriah, ‘Haven’t you just arrived from the journey? Why didn’t you go down to your house?’

13 The next day, David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk. In the evening, Uriah went out and bedded down with his master’s bodyguard, but did not go down to his house.

14 Next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by Uriah.

15 In the letter he wrote, ‘Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest and then fall back, so that he gets wounded and killed.’

16 Joab, then besieging the city, stationed Uriah at a point where he knew that there would be tough fighters.

17 The people of the city sallied out and engaged Joab; there were casualties in the army, among David’s guards, and Uriah the Hittite was killed as well.


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