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

February 20

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

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will we not fear though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea,
3 though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God,
the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
what desolations He hath made on the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow and cutteth the spear in sunder;
He burneth the chariot with fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted on the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Matthew 15:29-39

29 And Jesus departed from thence and came nigh unto the Sea of Galilee, and went up onto a mountain and sat down there. 30 And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those who were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet, and He healed them, 31 insomuch that the multitude wondered when they saw the dumb to speak, and the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see. And they glorified the God of Israel.

32 Then Jesus called His disciples unto Him and said,

"I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with Me now three days and have had nothing to eat; and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint on the way."

33 And His disciples said unto Him, "From whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness as to fill so great a multitude?" 34 And Jesus said unto them,

"How many loaves have ye?"

And they said, "Seven, and a few little fishes." 35 And He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and broke them and gave to His disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37 And they all ate and were filled. And they took up of the broken pieces that were left, seven baskets full. 38 And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, and took the boat and went into the coasts of Magdala.

Acts 23:12-35

12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. 13 And there were more than forty who entered into this conspiracy. 14 And they came to the chief priests and elders and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15 Now, therefore, ye, of the council, ask the chief captain that he bring him down unto you tomorrow, as though ye would inquire somewhat more thoroughly concerning him; and we, even before he comes near, are ready to kill him."

16 But when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle and told Paul. 17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him and said, "Bring this young man unto the chief captain, for he hath a certain thing to tell him." 18 So he took him and brought him to the chief captain and said, "Paul, the prisoner, called me unto him and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, as he hath something to say unto thee." 19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and going aside with him privately, asked him, "What is it that thou hast to tell me?" 20 And he said, "The Jews have agreed to request thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul tomorrow into the council, as though they wished to inquire of him somewhat more thoroughly. 21 But do not thou yield unto them, for there lie in wait for him more than forty of their men, who have bound themselves with an oath that they will neither eat nor drink until they have killed him. And now they are ready, looking for consent from thee." 22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart and charged him, "See thou tell no man that thou hast revealed these things to me." 23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, "Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and threescore and ten horsemen, and two hundred spearmen, at the third hour of the night; 24 and provide them with beasts that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor." 25 And he wrote a letter in this manner: 26 "Claudius Lysias, unto the most excellent governor Felix, sendeth greeting: 27 This man was taken by the Jews, and was about to be killed by them. Then came I with an army and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman. 28 And desiring to know the cause whereof they accused him, I brought him forth into their council. 29 I perceived him to be accused about questions of their law, but there was nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds. 30 And when it was told me how the Jews lay in wait for the man, I sent him straightway to thee, and gave a command to his accusers also to speak before thee what they have against him. Farewell." 31 Then the soldiers took Paul, as it was commanded them, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him and returned to the castle, 33 who, when they had come to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province Paul was. And when he understood that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, "I will hear thee when thine accusers have also come." And he commanded him to be kept in Herod's judgment hall.

Exodus 17:1-16

1 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the Wilderness of Sin after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched camp in Rephidim; and there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people chided Moses and said, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said unto them, "Why chide ye me? Why do ye tempt the LORD?" 3 And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses and said, "Why is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?" 4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, "What shall I do unto this people? They are almost ready to stone me!" 5 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod with which thou smotest the river, take in thine hand and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah [that is, Temptation], and Meribah [that is, Chiding], because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"

8 Then came Amalek and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, "Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand." 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat thereon. And Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Write this for a memorial in a book, and recount it in the ears of Joshua; for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi [that is, The LORD my banner]; 16 for he said, "Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 1:18

For in much wisdom is much grief,
and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.


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