Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
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December 18 

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 139

1 O LORD, Thou hast searched me and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising; Thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down,
and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
but lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before,
and laid Thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

7 Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit?
Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there;
if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me,"
even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but the night shineth as the day;
the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.

13 For Thou hast possessed my reins;
Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are Thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from Thee when I was made in secret,
and intricately wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance,
yet being imperfect;
and in Thy book all my members were written,
which in continuity were fashioned, when as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand;
when I awake, I am still with Thee.

19 Surely, Thou wilt slay the wicked, O God.
Depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against Thee wickedly,
and Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, that hate Thee?
And am I not grieved with those that rise up against Thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them mine enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
try me, and know my thoughts.
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

John 18:28-40

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment. And it was early, and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. 29 Pilate then went out unto them and said, "What accusation bring ye against this man?" 30 They answered and said unto him, "If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee." 31 Then said Pilate unto them, "Take ye him and judge him according to your law." The Jews therefore said unto him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death," 32 that the saying which Jesus had spoken, signifying what death He should die, might be fulfilled.

33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus and said unto Him, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered him,

"Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of Me?"

35 Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me. What hast thou done?" 36 Jesus answered,

"My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews. But now is My Kingdom not from hence."

37 Pilate therefore said unto Him, "Art thou a king then?" Jesus answered,

"Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice."

38 Pilate said unto Him, "What is truth?"

And when he said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and said unto them, "I find in him no fault at all. 39 But ye have a custom that I should release unto you one at the Passover. Will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?" 40 Then cried they all again, saying, "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber.

Revelation 14

1 And I looked and lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from Heaven as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps. 3 And they sang, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living beings and the elders; and no man could learn that song, except the hundred and forty and four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they that were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God.

6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and kindred, and tongue and people, 7 saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His Judgment has come. Worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea and the fountains of waters."

8 And there followed another angel, saying, "Babylon is fallen! Fallen is that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, 10 the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out unmixed into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying unto me, "Write: `Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth.'" "Yea," saith the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them."

14 And I looked, and behold, a white cloud; and upon the cloud sat one like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, "Thrust in thy sickle and reap; for the time has come for thee to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in Heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, "Thrust in thy sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe." 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even unto the horse bridles, for the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Wisdom of Solomon 12:12-19

12 For who shall say, "What hast Thou done?" Or who shall withstand Thy judgment?
Or who shall accuse Thee for the nations that perish, whom Thou made?
Or who shall come to stand against Thee to be avenged for the unrighteous men?
13 For neither is there any God but Thou, that careth for all,
to whom Thou mightest show that Thy judgment is not unjust;
14 neither shall king or tyrant be able to set his face against Thee
for any whom Thou hast punished.
15 Inasmuch then as Thou art righteous Thyself, Thou orderest all things righteously,
thinking it not agreeable with Thy power to condemn him that hath not deserved to be punished.
16 For Thy power is the beginning of righteousness,
and because Thou art the Lord of all, it maketh Thee to be gracious unto all.
17 For when men will not believe that Thou art of a full power, Thou showest Thy strength;
and among them that know it Thou makest their boldness manifest.
18 But Thou, mastering Thy power, judgest with equity, and orderest us with great favor;
for Thou mayest use power when Thou wilt.

19 But by such works hast Thou taught Thy people that the just man should be merciful, and hast made Thy children to be of a good hope that Thou givest repentance for sins.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 28:21

To have respect of persons is not good,
for that man will transgress for a piece of bread.

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