Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
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December 17  

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 138

1 I will praise Thee with my whole heart;
before the gods will I sing praise unto Thee.
2 I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth,
for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.
3 In the day when I cried, Thou answered me,
and strengthened me with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise Thee, O LORD,
when they hear the words of Thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly,
but the proud He knoweth afar off.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
Thou wilt revive me;
Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies,
and Thy right hand shall save me.

8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me;
Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; forsake not the works of Thine own hands.

John 18:25-27

25 And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, "Art not thou also one of his disciples?" He denied it and said, "I am not." 26 One of the servants of the high priest, being kinsman of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, "Did not I see thee in the garden with him?" 27 Peter then denied again; and immediately the cock crowed.

Revelation 13:11-18

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him; and he causeth the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword and lived. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause to be killed as many as would not worship the image of the beast. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads, 17 that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom: Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six.

Wisdom of Solomon 11:21-26

21 For Thou canst show Thy great strength at all times when Thou wilt;
and who may withstand the power of Thine arm?
22 For the whole world before Thee is as a little grain in the balance,
yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth.
23 But Thou hast mercy upon all; for Thou canst do all things,
and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend.
24 For Thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which Thou hast made;
for never wouldest Thou have made any thing if Thou hadst hated it.
25 And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been Thy will?
Or been preserved, if not called by Thee?
26 But Thou sparest all,
for they are Thine, O Lord, Thou lover of souls.

Wisdom of Solomon 12:1-2

1 For Thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things. 2 Therefore chastenest Thou them little by little that offend, and warnest them by putting them in remembrance wherein they have offended, that, leaving their wickedness, they may believe in Thee, O Lord.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 30:7-9

Two things have I required of Thee;
deny me them not before I die:
Remove far from me vanity and lies;
give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me only food sufficient for me,
lest I be full, and deny Thee, and say, "Who is the LORD?"-
or lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

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