Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

 December 19 

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 140

1 Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man; preserve me from the violent man,
2 who imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips.

4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man, who has purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and with cords they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me.

6 I said unto the LORD, "Thou art my God; hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
8 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked; further not his wicked device, lest they exalt themselves.

9 "As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
10 Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
11 Let not an evil speaker be established on the earth; evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him."

12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted and the right of the poor.
13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name; the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.

John 19:1-11

1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe 3 and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they smote Him with their hands. 4 Pilate therefore went forth again and said unto them, "Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him." 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, "Behold the man!" 6 When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" Pilate said unto them, "Ye take him and crucify him, for I find no fault in him." 7 The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God."

8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid. 9 And he went again into the judgment hall and said unto Jesus, "From whence art thou?" But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then said Pilate unto Him, "Speakest thou not unto me? Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?" 11 Jesus answered,

"Thou couldest have no power at all against Me, unless it were given thee from above. Therefore he that delivered Me unto thee hath the greater sin."

Revelation 15

1 And I saw another sign in Heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels holding the seven last plagues, for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass mingled with fire, and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass and having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

"Great and marvelous are Thy works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Thy ways,
Thou King of saints!
4 Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?
For Thou only art holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before Thee,
for Thy judgments are made manifest."

5 And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in Heaven was opened; 6 and the seven angels, having the seven plagues, came out of the temple, clothed in pure and white linen and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four living beings gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no man was able to enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Wisdom of Solomon 13:1-9

1 Surely vain are all men by nature who are ignorant of God and could not, out of the good things that are seen, know Him that is; neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the Workmaster, 2 but deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the gods which govern the world. 3 If they, being delighted by their beauty, took them to be gods, then let them know how much better the Lord of them is; for the first Author of beauty hath created them. 4 But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them how much mightier He is that made them. 5 For by the greatness and beauty of the creation, proportionately the Maker of them is seen.

6 But yet for this they are the less to be blamed; for they perhaps err, seeking God and desirous to find Him. 7 For accustomed to dwelling among His works, they search Him out diligently and believe their sight, because the things are beautiful that are seen. 8 However, neither are they to be pardoned. 9 For if they were able to know so much that they could contemplate the world, how did they not sooner find out the Lord thereof?

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 28:22

He that hasteneth to be rich hath an evil eye
and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

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