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Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

December 11  

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 131

1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; 
neither do I exercise myself with great matters, or in things too high for me. 
2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself as a child that is weaned from his mother; 
my soul is even as a weaned child. 
3 Let Israel hope in the LORD 
from henceforth and for ever.

John 17:13-19

13 "And now come I to Thee, and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Thy Word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth. 18 As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Revelation 9

1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth; and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded to them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months; and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man. 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots with many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stingers in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue his name is Apollyon.

12 One woe is past; and behold, there come two more woes hereafter.

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which stands before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates." 15 And the four angels were loosed, who had been prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year, to slay a third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of horsemen was two hundred thousand thousand, and I heard the number of them.

17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and they that sat on them had breastplates of fire and of jacinth and brimstone; and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions, and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was a third part of men killed by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails were like unto serpents and had heads, and with them they cause hurt.

20 And the rest of the men, who were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold and silver, and brass and stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Wisdom of Solomon 1:1-15

1 Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth; 
think of the Lord with a good heart, and in simplicity of heart seek Him. 
2 For He will be found by them that tempt Him not, 
and showeth Himself unto such as do not distrust Him. 
3 For froward thoughts separate from God; 
and His power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise. 
4 For into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter, 
nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. 
5 For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and remove from thoughts that are without understanding, 
and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in. 

6 For wisdom is a loving spirit, and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words; 
for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his heart, and a hearer of his tongue. 
7 For the Spirit of the Lord filleth the world; 
and that which containeth all things hath knowledge of the voice. 
8 Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things cannot be hid; 
neither shall vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by him. 
9 For inquisition shall be made into the counsels of the ungodly; 
and the sound of his words shall come unto the Lord for the manifestation of his wicked deeds. 
10 For the ear of jealousy heareth all things, 
and the noise of murmurings is not hid. 
11 Therefore beware of murmuring, which is unprofitable, 
and restrain your tongue from backbiting; 
for there is no word so secret that shall go for nought, 
and the mouth that belieth slayeth the soul. 
12 Seek not death by the error of your life, 
and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands. 
13 For God made not death; 
neither hath He pleasure in the destruction of the living. 
14 For He created all things, 
that they might have their being; 
and the generations of the world were healthful, and there is no poison of destruction in them, 
nor the kingdom of death upon the earth. 
15 For righteousness is immortal.


Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish;
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.


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