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April 5

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 85

1 LORD, Thou hast been favorable unto Thy land;
Thou hast released the captives of Jacob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people;
Thou hast covered all their sin.

3 Thou hast taken away all Thy wrath;
Thou hast turned Thyself from the fierceness of Thine anger.
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation,
and cause Thine anger toward us to cease.
5 Wilt Thou be angry with us for ever?
Wilt Thou draw out Thine anger to all generations?
6 Wilt Thou not revive us again,
that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?
7 Show us Thy mercy, O LORD,
and grant us Thy salvation.

8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak,
for He will speak peace unto His people and to His saints; but let them not turn again to folly.
9 Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear Him,
that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good,
and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before Him,
and shall set us in the way of His steps.

Matthew 27:1-10

1 When the morning had come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death. 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor.

3 Then Judas, who had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? See thou to that!" 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood." 7 And they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Therefore that field was called the Field of Blood unto this day. 9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, whom they the children of Israel did value, 10 and gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me."

1 Corinthians 3:1-15 

1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk and not with meat; for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able, 3 for ye are yet carnal. For if there is among you envying and strife and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men? 4 For while one saith, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are ye not carnal? 5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye came to believe, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6 I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then, neither is he that planteth anything, nor he that watereth, but God who giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one, and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are laborers together with God; ye are God's husbandry; ye are God's building. 

10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For no man can lay another foundation than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble, 13 every man's work shall be made manifest; for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall test every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as fire.

Joshua 3

1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2 And it came to pass after three days that the officers went through the host, 3 and they commanded the people, saying, "When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go, for ye have not passed this way heretofore." 5 And Joshua said unto the people, "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you." 6 And Joshua spoke unto the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people." And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, "This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 8 And thou shalt command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, `When ye have come to the brink of the water of the Jordan, ye shall stand still in the Jordan.'" 9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, "Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God." 10 And Joshua said, "Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into the Jordan. 12 Now therefore, take for yourselves twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand up in a heap."

14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents to pass over the Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as those who bore the ark had come unto the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark were dipped in the brim of the water (for the Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest), 16 that the waters which came down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan. And those who came down toward the sea of the plain, even the Salt Sea, failed and were cut off; and the people passed over right against Jericho. 17 And the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people had passed clean over the Jordan.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 10:12-13

The beginning of pride is when one departeth from God, 
and his heart is turned away from his Maker.
For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that hath it shall pour out abomination; 
and therefore the Lord brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly.


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