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

 December 20 

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Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 141

1 LORD, I cry unto Thee! Make haste unto me! 
Give ear unto my voice when I cry unto Thee. 
2 Let my prayer be set before Thee as incense, 
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; 
keep the door of my lips. 
4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity; 
and let me not eat of their dainties. 

5 Let the righteous smite me: it shall be a kindness. 
And let him reprove me: it shall be as an excellent oil, 
which shall not break my head; 
for yet my prayer shall be with them in their calamities. 
6 When their judges are overthrown onto stony places, 
they shall hear my words, for they are sweet. 

7 Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, 
as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth. 
8 But mine eyes are unto Thee, O GOD the Lord; 
in Thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. 
9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the traps of the workers of iniquity. 
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst I thereupon escape.

John 19:12-16a

12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, "If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend. Whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar." 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 And it was the Preparation of the Passover and about the sixth hour, and Pilate said unto the Jews, "Behold your king!" 15 But they cried out, "Away with him, away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate said unto them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!" 16a Then he delivered Him therefore unto them to be crucified.

Revelation 16

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth." 2 And the first went and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast and upon them that worshiped his image.

3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man, and every living soul died in the sea.

4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say,

"Thou art righteous, O Lord, who art, and wast, and shall be,
because Thou hast judged thus;
6 for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
and Thou hast given them blood to drink, for they are worthy."

7 And I heard another out of the altar say, "Even so, Lord God Almighty; true and righteous are Thy judgments."

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God, who hath power over these plagues; and they repented not to give Him glory.

10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness, and they gnawed their tongues from pain; 11 and they blasphemed the God of Heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them for the battle of that great Day of God Almighty.

15 "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."

16 And he gathered them together at a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon.

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of Heaven from the throne, saying, "IT IS DONE!" 18 And there were voices and thunders and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as has not been since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and great Babylon came to remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent. And men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10

1 All wisdom cometh from the Lord, 
and is with Him for ever. 
2 Who can number the sand of the sea, 
and the drops of rain, and the days of eternity? 
3 Who can find out the height of heaven, and the breadth of the earth, 
and the deep, and wisdom? 
4 Wisdom hath been created before all things, 
and the understanding of prudence from everlasting.
5 The word of God Most High is the fountain of wisdom; 
and her ways are everlasting commandments. 

6 To whom hath the root of wisdom been revealed? 
Or who hath known her wise counsels? 
7 Unto whom hath the knowledge of wisdom been made manifest? 
And who hath understood her great experience? 
8 There is one wise and greatly to be feared, 
the Lord sitting upon His throne. 
9 He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, 
and poured her out upon all His works. 
10 She is with all flesh according to His gift, 
and He hath given her to them that love Him. 

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 30:11-12

There is a generation that curseth their father,
and doth not bless their mother.
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes,
and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

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