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

January 23  

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

Psalm 22:1-21

1 My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
Why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not;
and in the night season I am not silent.
3 But Thou art holy,
O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in Thee;
they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto Thee and were delivered;
they trusted in Thee and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm and no man,
a reproach of men and despised by the people
7 All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn;
they shoot out their lip, they shake their head, saying,
8 "He trusted in the LORD that He would deliver him;
let Him deliver him, seeing He delighted in him!"

9 But Thou art He that took Me out of the womb;
Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon Thee from the womb;
Thou art My God from My mother's belly.
11 Be not far from Me, for trouble is near;
for there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed Me about;
strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round.
13 They gaped at Me with their mouths,
as a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My body.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws;
and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet.
17 I can count all My bones; they look and stare upon Me.
18 They part My garments among them,
and cast lots upon My vesture.

19 But be Thou not far from Me, O LORD;
O My Strength, hasten Thee to help Me!
20 Deliver My soul from the sword,
My only one from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion's mouth;
for Thou hast heard Me from the horns of the unicorns.

Matthew 8:28-34

28 And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God? Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?" 30 Now there was a good way off from them a herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought Him, saying, "If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine." 32 And He said to them,

"Go."

And when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine, and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea and perished in the waters. 33 And those who kept them fled and went their ways into the city, and told everything and what had befallen the ones possessed with the devils. 34 And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their borders.

Acts 10:34-48

34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said, "In truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, 35 but in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 The Word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all) -- 37 that Word, I say, ye know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem -- He whom they hanged on a tree and slew. 40 Him God raised up the third day and showed Him openly, 41 not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. 42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be the Judge of the quick and dead. 43 To Him all the prophets bear witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins."

44 While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all those who heard the Word. 45 And those of the Circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out also on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?" 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they entreated him to tarry certain days.

Genesis 27:1-29

1 And it came to pass that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son and said unto him, "My son." And he said unto him, "Behold, here am I." 2 And he said, "Behold now, I am old; I know not the day of my death. 3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field and take me some venison. 4 And make me savory meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat, that my soul may bless thee before I die." 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6 And Rebekah spoke unto Jacob her son, saying, "Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, 7 `Bring me venison, and make me savory meat, that I may eat and bless thee before the LORD before my death.' 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats, and I will make them savory meat for thy father, such as he loveth; 10 and thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat and that he may bless thee before his death." 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12 My father perhaps will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing." 13 And his mother said unto him, "Upon me be thy curse, my son; only obey my voice, and go, fetch me them." 14 And he went, and fetched and brought them to his mother; and his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved. 15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son; 16 and she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands and upon the smooth of his neck. 17 And she gave the savory meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 And he came unto his father, and said, "My father." And he said, "Here am I. Who art thou, my son?" 19 And Jacob said unto his father, "I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me. Arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me." 20 And Isaac said unto his son, "How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?" And he said, "Because the LORD thy God brought it to me." 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, "Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not." 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau." 23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, "Art thou my very son Esau?" And he said, "I am." 25 And he said, "Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee." And he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, "Come near now, and kiss me, my son." 27 And he came near, and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him and said, 

"See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field 
which the LORD hath blessed. 
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, 
and plenty of corn and wine. 
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee; 
be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee. Cursed be every one that curseth thee, 
and blessed be he that blesseth thee!"

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 2:16

To fear the Lord is fullness of wisdom,
and filleth men with her fruits.


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