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July 17

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 12

1 Help, LORD, for the godly man ceaseth;
for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor;
with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips,
and the tongue that speaketh proud things,
4 who have said, "With our tongue, we will prevail; our lips are our own;
who is lord over us?"

5 "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
now will I arise," saith the LORD; "I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him."

6 The words of the LORD are pure words,
as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD; Thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Luke 7:11-17

11 And it came to pass the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and many people. 12 Now when He came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And many people of the city were with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said unto her,

"Weep not."

14 And He came and touched the bier, and those who bore him stood still. And He said,

"Young man, I say unto thee, arise."

15 And he that was dead sat up and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother. 16 And there came a fear on all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet is risen up among us"; and, "God hath visited His people." 17 And this report of Him went forth throughout all Judea and throughout all the region round about.

Colossians 2:1-7

1 For I would that ye knew how great is my conflict for you and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may acknowledge the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, 3 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words; 5 for though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Job 13:1-19

1 "Lo, mine eye hath seen all this;
mine ear hath heard and understood it.
2 What ye know, the same do I know also;
I am not inferior unto you.
3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty,
and I desire to reason with God.
4 But ye are forgers of lies;
ye are all physicians of no value.
5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace,
and it should be your wisdom!
6 Hear now my reasoning,
and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will ye speak wickedly for God, and talk deceitfully for Him?
8 Will ye accept His person; will ye contend for God?
9 Is it good that He should search you out?
Or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock Him?
10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
11 Shall not His excellency make you afraid, and His dread fall upon you?
12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes,
your bodies to bodies of clay.

13 "Hold your peace; let me alone that I may speak,
and let come on me what will.
14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth,
and put my life in mine hand?
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him;
but I will argue mine own ways before Him.
16 He also shall be my salvation,
for a hypocrite shall not come before Him.
17 Hear diligently my speech,
and my declaration with your ears.
18 Behold now, I have prepared my cause;
I know that I shall be justified.
19 Who is he that will plead with me?
For now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, 
nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, "I have no pleasure in them"; 
while neither the sun nor the light, nor the moon nor the stars be darkened, 
nor the clouds return after the rain;
in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, 
and the strong men shall bow themselves, 
and the grinders cease because they are few, 
and the eyes that look out of the windows be darkened; 
and the doors shall be shut in the streets, 
when the sound of the grinding is low; 
and he shall rise up at the voice of a bird, 
and all the daughters of music shall be brought low; 
also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, 
and fears shall be in the way; 
and the almond tree shall flourish, 
and the grasshopper shall be a burden, 
and desire shall fail; 
because man goeth to his long home, 
and the mourners go about the streets; 
or ever the silver cord be loosed, 
or the golden bowl be broken, 
or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, 
or the wheel broken at the cistern-- 
then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, 
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 


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