Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
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 December 12 

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 132

1 LORD, remember David and all his afflictions--
2 how he swore unto the LORD and vowed unto the Mighty God of Jacob:
3 "Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes or slumber to mine eyelids
5 until I find out a place for the LORD,
a habitation for the Mighty God of Jacob."

6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephrathah;
we found it in the fields of the wood:
7 "We will go into His tabernacles;
we will worship at His footstool."
8 Arise, O LORD, into Thy rest,
Thou and the ark of Thy strength.
9 Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness,
and let Thy saints shout for joy.
10 For Thy servant David's sake,
turn not away the face of Thine anointed.

11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it:
"Of the fruit of thy body I will set upon thy throne.
12 If thy children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them,
their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore."
13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion;
He hath desired it for His habitation:
14 "This is My rest for ever;
here will I dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision,
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There will I make the horn of David to bud;
I have ordained a lamp for Mine anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame,
but upon himself shall his crown flourish."

John 17:20-23

20 "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also who shall believe in Me through their word, 21 that they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. 22 And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them, that they may be one, even as We are one: 23 I in them and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.

Revelation 10

1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. 2 And he had in his hand a little book open. And he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth. And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write, and I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, "Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not." 5 And the angel, whom I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are therein, and the earth and the things that are therein, and the sea and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer, 7 but that in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.

8 And the voice which I heard from Heaven spoke unto me again and said, "Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who standeth upon the sea and upon the earth." 9 And I went unto the angel and said unto him, "Give me the little book." And he said unto me, "Take it and eat it up, and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey." 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it up, and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, "Thou must prophesy again before many peoples and nations, and tongues and kings."

Wisdom of Solomon 2:1, 12-24

1 For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright: "Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy; neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave.

12 Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous,
because he is not for our way, and he is clean contrary to our doings;
he upbraideth us with our offending the law, and objecteth to our infamy, the transgressings against our education.
13 He professeth to have the knowledge of God,
and he calleth himself the child of the Lord.
14 He was made to reprove our thoughts;
15 he is grievous unto us even to behold.
For his life is not like other men's; his ways are of another fashion.
16 We are esteemed by him as counterfeits;
he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness;
he pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed,
and maketh his boast that God is his father.
17 Let us see if his words be true,
and let us prove what shall happen at the end of him.
18 For if the just man be the son of God, He will help him,
and deliver him from the hand of his enemies.
19 Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture,
that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience.
20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death,
for by his own saying he shall be respected."

21 Such things they did imagine and were deceived, for their own wickedness hath blinded them. 22 As for the mysteries of God, they knew them not; neither hoped they for the wages of righteousness, nor discerned a reward for blameless souls. 23 For God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of His own eternity. 24 Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world; and those who take hold of his side do find it.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 28:6

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness
than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

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