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July 16

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 11

1 In the LORD I put my trust;
how say ye to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain,
2 for lo, the wicked bend their bow and make ready their arrow upon the string,
that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations be destroyed,
what can the righteous do?"
4 The LORD is in His holy temple! The LORD'S throne is in heaven!
His eyes behold; His eyelids test the children of men!
5 The LORD trieth the righteous;
but the wicked and him that loveth violence, His soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest:
this shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness;
His countenance doth behold the upright.

Luke 7:1-10

1 Now when He had ended all His sayings in the audience of the people, He entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent the elders of the Jews unto Him, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus they besought Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was worthy, 5 "for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue." 6 And Jesus went with them. And when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, "Lord, trouble not Thyself, for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof. 7 Therefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee. But say the word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers. And I say unto one, `Go', and he goeth; and to another, `Come,' and he cometh; and to my servant, `Do this,' and he doeth it." 9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned about and said unto the people who followed Him,

"I say unto you, I have not found so great a faith, no, not in Israel."

10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole who had been sick.

Colossians 1:21-29

21 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, even now hath He reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight, 23 if ye continue grounded and settled in the faith, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard and which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, am made a minister.

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for His body's sake, which is the church, 25 of which I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God, which is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God-- 26 even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints. 27 To them God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, 29 for which I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily.

Job 12

1 And Job answered and said:

2 "No doubt but ye are the people,
and wisdom shall die with you.
3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you;
yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4 I am as one mocked by his neighbor, who calleth upon God, and He answereth him;
the just and upright man is laughed to scorn.
5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure, into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

7 "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;
and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee;
and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this,
10 in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
11 Doth not the ear test words, and the mouth taste his meat?
12 With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days, understanding.

13 "With Him are wisdom and strength;
He hath counsel and understanding.
14 Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again;
He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up;
also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16 With Him are strength and wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are His.
17 He leadeth counselors away despoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
19 He leadeth princes away despoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20 He removeth away the speech of the trusted, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them;
He enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth,
and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
25 They grope in the dark without light,
and He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 25:10

O how great is he that findeth wisdom! 
Yet is there none above him that feareth the Lord.


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