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Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

December 16  

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

The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 137

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;
yea, we wept when we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our harps upon the willows
in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song,
and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

4 How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cleverness.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem's fall,
who said, "Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation thereof!"

8 O daughter of Babylon who art to be destroyed, happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

John 18:15-24

15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. That disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known unto the high priest, went out and spoke unto her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17 Then the damsel who kept the door said unto Peter, "Art not thou also one of this man's disciples?" He said, "I am not." 18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals, for it was cold and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

19 The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and about His doctrine. 20 Jesus answered him,

"I spoke openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue and in the temple whither the Jews always resort, and in secret have I said nothing. 21 Why askest thou Me? Ask them that heard Me what I have said unto them. Behold, they know what I said."

22 And when He had thus spoken, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, "Answerest thou the high priest so?" 23 Jesus answered him,

"If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why smitest thou Me?"

24 Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas, the high priest. 

Revelation 13:1-10

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw that one of his heads was, as it were, wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"

5 And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear:

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.
He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Wisdom of Solomon 9:13-18

13 "For what man is he that can know the counsel of God?
Or who can think what the will of the Lord is?
14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable,
and our devices are but uncertain.
15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul,
and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things.
16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, and with labor do we find the things that are before us;
but the things that are in heaven, who hath searched out?
17 And Thy counsel, who hath known,
except Thou give wisdom and send Thy holy Spirit from above?
18 For so the ways of them that lived on the earth were reformed,
and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto Thee, and were saved through wisdom."


Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 28:20

A faithful man shall abound with blessings,
but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.


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