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

January 3

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 3

1 LORD, how they have increased that trouble me!
Many are they that rise up against me!
2 Many there be that say of my soul,
"There is no help for him in God."
3 But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me,
my glory and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice,
and He heard me from His holy hill.

5 I laid me down and slept;
I awaked, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD!
Save me, O my God!
For Thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheekbone;
Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD.
Thy blessing is upon Thy people.

Matthew 2:1-12

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, 2 saying, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

6 `And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
art not the least among the princes of Judah;
for out of thee shall come a Governor,
that shall rule My people Israel.'"

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also." 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they saw in the East went before them until it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Acts 2:1-21

1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together and were confounded, because every man heard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, "Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how then do we each hear them speaking in our own tongue wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabians -- we hear them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." 12 And they were all amazed and were in doubt, saying one to another, "What meaneth this?" 13 Others mocking said, "These men are full of new wine."

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said unto them, "Ye men of Judea and all ye who dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words. 15 For these are not drunken as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day; 16 but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 `And it shall come to pass
in the last days, saith God,
I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days My Spirit,
and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath --
blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood
before that great and notable Day of the Lord come.
21 And it shall come to pass
that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Genesis 1:26-31

26 And God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." 29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat"; and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Words of Wisdom - Genesis 5:1b-2

In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him. Male and female created He them, and blessed them and called their name Adam in the day when they were created.

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