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Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

  January 18

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

Psalm 18:1-30 

1 I will love Thee, O LORD, my strength. 
2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; 
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; 
so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

4 The sorrows of death encompassed me, 
and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 
5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; 
the snares of death lay before me. 
6 In my distress I called upon the LORD 
and cried unto my God; 
He heard my voice out of His temple, 
and my cry came before Him, even unto His ears. 
7 Then the earth shook and trembled; 
the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because He was wroth. 
8 There went up smoke out of His nostrils, and a devouring fire out of His mouth; 
coals were kindled by it. 
9 He bowed the heavens also and came down; 
and darkness was under His feet. 
10 And He rode upon a cherub and flew; 
yea, He flew upon the wings of the wind. 
11 He made darkness His secret place; 
His pavilion round about Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. 
12 At the brightness that was before Him, His thick clouds passed, 
hail stones and coals of fire.
13 The LORD also thundered in the heavens, 
and the Highest uttered His voice with hail stones and coals of fire. 
14 Yea, He sent out His arrows and scattered them; 
and He shot out lightnings and discomfited them. 
15 Then the channels of the waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were uncovered 
at Thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils.

16 He sent from above, He took me; 
He drew me out of many waters. 
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me, 
for they were too strong for me. 
18 They came against me in the day of my calamity; 
but the LORD was my stay. 
19 He brought me forth also into a large place; 
He delivered me, because He delighted in me.

20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; 
according to the cleanness of my hands hath He recompensed me. 
21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, 
and have not wickedly departed from my God. 
22 For all His judgments were before me, 
and I did not put away His statutes from me. 
23 I was also upright before Him, 
and I kept myself from mine iniquity. 
24 Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, 
according to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.

25 With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful; 
with an upright man Thou wilt show Thyself upright; 
26 with the pure Thou wilt show Thyself pure; 
and with the froward Thou wilt show Thyself froward. 
27 For Thou wilt save the afflicted people, 
but wilt bring down haughty looks. 
28 For Thou wilt light my candle; 
the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 
29 For by Thee I have run through a troop; 
and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30 As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proved; 
He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.

Matthew 7:1-8

1 "Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, `Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye,' and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 

6 "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. 

7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 

Acts 9:1-19a

1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 and asked of him letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he found any who were of this Way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shone round about him a light from heaven. 4 And he fell to the earth and heard a voice saying unto him,

"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?"

5 And he said, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And the Lord said,

"I am Jesus whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the goads."

6 And he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" And the Lord said unto him,

"Arise and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."

7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no man. 8 And Saul arose from the earth, and when his eyes were opened, he could see no man; but they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did he eat nor drink.

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. And the Lord said to him in a vision,

"Ananias."

And he said, "Behold, I am here, Lord." 11 And the Lord said unto him,

"Arise and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for the one called Saul of Tarsus; for behold, he prayeth 12 and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight."

13 Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many of this man, and how much evil he hath done to Thy saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Thy name." 15 But the Lord said unto him,

"Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him what great things he must suffer for My name's sake."

17 And Ananias went his way and entered into the house, and putting his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus who appeared unto thee on the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost." 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received sight forthwith, and arose and was baptized. 19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.

Genesis 18:16-33

16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17 And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do, 18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD to do justice and judgment, that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him." 

20 And the LORD said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, 21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which has come unto Me; and if not, I will know." 

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 And Abraham drew near and said, "Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Perhaps there be fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25 That be far from Thee to do in this manner -- to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
26 And the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes." 27 And Abraham answered and said, "Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, I, who am but dust and ashes. 28 Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?" And He said, "If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it." 29 And he spoke unto Him yet again and said, "Perhaps there shall be forty found there?" And He said, "I will not do it for forty's sake." 30 And he said unto Him, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Perhaps there shall thirty be found there." And He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty there." 31 And he said, "Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Perhaps there shall be twenty found there." And He said, "I will not destroy it for twenty's sake." 32 And he said, "Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Perhaps ten shall be found there." And He said, "I will not destroy it for ten's sake." 33 And the LORD went His way, as soon as He had finished communing with Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.

Words of Wisdom - Deuteronomy 33:27a

The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms;


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