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Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

April 1

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Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 81

1 Sing aloud unto God our strength;
make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel,
the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
3 Blow the trumpet in the new moon,
at the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
4 For this was a statute for Israel,
and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This He ordained in Joseph as a testimony, when He went out through the land of Egypt,
where I heard a language that I understood not:
6 "I removed his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were delivered from the pots.
7 Thou called in trouble, and I delivered thee;
I answered thee in the secret place of thunder. I tested thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8 Hear, O My people, and I will testify unto thee,
O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto Me!
9 There shall be no strange god among thee;
neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
10 I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt.
Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 "But My people would not hearken to My voice,
and Israel would have none of Me.
12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust,
and they walked in their own counsels.
13 Oh that My people had hearkened unto Me,
and Israel had walked in My ways!
14 I should soon have subdued their enemies,
and turned My hand against their adversaries."

15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto Him,
but their time should have endured for ever.
16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat,
and, "With honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee."

Matthew 26:31-35

31 Then Jesus said unto them,

"All ye shall be offended because of Me this night; for it is written: `I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.' 32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."

33 Peter answered and said unto Him, "Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet I will never be offended." 34 Jesus said unto him,

"Verily I say unto thee, that this night before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice."

35 Peter said unto Him, "Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee." Likewise also said all the disciples.

Romans 16:21-27

21 Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 22 (I, Tertius, who wrote down this epistle, salute you in the Lord.) 23 Gaius, my host and host of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, saluteth you, and Quartus, a brother. 24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

25 Now to Him who has the power to establish you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began 26 but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith, 27 to God alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever.

Amen.

Deuteronomy 30

1 "And it shall come to pass, when all these things have come upon thee, the blessing and the curse which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 and shalt return unto the LORD thy God and shalt obey His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart and with all thy soul, 3 that then the LORD thy God will return thee from captivity and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee. 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good and multiply thee above thy fathers. 6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies and on them that hate thee, who persecuted thee. 8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day. 9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good. For the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers, 10 if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul.

11 "For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, `Who shall go up for us to heaven and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it?' 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, `Who shall go over the sea for us and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it?' 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

15 "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, 16 in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply; and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare unto you this day that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land whither thou passest over the Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live, 20 that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him; for He is thy life and the length of thy days, that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 11:27 

He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor; 
but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.


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