Scripture Reading for the
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April 4

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 84

1 How amiable are Thy tabernacles,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found a house,
and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young" even Thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house;
they will be ever praising Thee.

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee,
in whose heart are Thy ways,
6 who passing through the Valley of Baca makes it a well;
the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob.

9 Behold, O God our shield,
and look upon the face of Thine anointed.
10 For a day in Thy courts
is better than a thousand; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God,
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory;
no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.

12 O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee!

Matthew 26:57-75

57 And those who had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in and sat with the servants to see the end.

59 Now the chief priests and elders and all the council sought false witness against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 but found none. Yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 61 and said, "This fellow said, `I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.'" 62 And the high priest arose and said unto Him, "Answerest thou nothing? What is it which these witnesses say against thee?" 63 But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, "I adjure thee by the living God that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God." 64 Jesus said unto him,

"Thou hast said; nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, "He hath spoken blasphemy! What further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy! 66 What think ye?" They answered and said, "He is deserving of death!" 67 Then they spit in His face and buffeted Him, and others smote Him with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, "Prophesy unto us, thou Christ! Who is he that smote thee?"

69 Now Peter sat outside in the palace, and a damsel came unto him, saying, "Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee." 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I know not what thou sayest." 71 And when he had gone out onto the porch, another maid saw him and said unto those who were there, "This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied with an oath, "I do not know the man!" 73 And after a while came unto him those who stood by, and said to Peter, "Surely thou also art one of them, for thy speech betrayeth thee." 74 Then he began to curse and to swear, saying, "I know not the man!" And immediately the cock crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, when He said unto him, "Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice." And he went out and wept bitterly.

1 Corinthians 2 

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you declaring unto you the testimony of God, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not stand on the wisdom of man, but on the power of God. 

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are perfect, yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, who are coming to nought. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world for our glory -- 8 wisdom which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory. 9 But as it is written: 

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man 
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." 

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so no man knoweth the things of God, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. 13 These things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged by no man. 16 "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

Joshua 2

1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, "Go, view the land, even Jericho." And they went and came into a harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, there came men in hither tonight of the children of Israel to search out the country." 3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, "Bring forth the men who have come to thee, who have entered into thine house, for they have come to search out all the country." 4 And the woman took the two men and hid them, and said thus, "There came men unto me, but I knew not from whence they came. 5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out. Whither the men went I know not. Pursue after them quickly, for ye shall overtake them." 6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house and hid them with the stalks of flax which she had laid in order upon the roof. 7 And the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan unto the fords; and as soon as those who pursued after them had gone out, they shut the gate.

8 And before they lay down, she came up unto them upon the roof, 9 and she said unto the men, "I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when ye came out of Egypt, and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that ye will also show kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token, 13 and that ye will save alive my father and my mother, and my brethren and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death." 14 And the men answered her, "Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee."

15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window, for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said unto them, "Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days until the pursuers have returned, and afterward may ye go your way." 17 And the men said unto her, "We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by; and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household home unto thee. 19 And it shall be that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless; and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head if any hand be upon him. 20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be free of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear." 21 And she said, "According unto your words, so be it." And she sent them away, and they departed; and she bound the scarlet line in the window.

22 And they went and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days until the pursuers had returned; and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not. 23 So the two men returned and descended from the mountain, and passed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them. 24 And they said unto Joshua, "Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land, for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us."

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 11:28 

He that trusteth in his riches shall fall, 
but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

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