Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
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July 20

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 15

1 LORD, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle?
Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness,
and speaketh the truth in his heart;
3 he that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbor,
nor spreadeth a reproach against his neighbor;
4 in whose eyes a vile person is contemned,
but he honoreth them that fear the LORD;
he that taketh an oath to his own hurt,
and changeth not;
5 he that putteth not out his money to usury,
nor taketh a bribe against the innocent.
He that doeth these things
shall never be moved.

Luke 7:36-50

36 And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee's house and sat down to meat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and began to wash His feet with tears and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had bidden Him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, "This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is who toucheth him, for she is a sinner." 40 And Jesus answering said unto him,

"Simon, I have something to say unto thee."

And he said, "Master, say on."

41 "There was a certain creditor that had two debtors. The one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he freely forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?"

43 Simon answered and said, "I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And He said unto him,

"Thou hast rightly judged."

44 And He turned to the woman and said unto Simon,

"Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house: Thou gavest Me no water for My feet, but she hath washed My feet with tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 Thou gavest Me no kiss, but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint, but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."

48 And He said unto her,

"Thy sins are forgiven."

49 And those who sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, "Who is this that forgiveth sins also?" 50 And He said to the woman,

"Thy faith hath saved thee. Go in peace."

Colossians 3:1-11

1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience, 7 in which ye also once walked, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Job 19:1-27

1 Then Job answered and said:

2 "How long will ye vex my soul,
and break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times have ye reproached me;
ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
4 And if it be indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach,
6 know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with His net.

7 "Behold, I cry out because of wrong, but I am not heard; 
I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
8 He hath fenced up my way, that I cannot pass, 
and He hath set darkness in my paths. 
9 He hath stripped me of my glory, 
and taken the crown from my head. 
10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone; 
and mine hope hath He removed like a tree. 
11 He hath also kindled His wrath against me, 
and He counteth me unto Him as one of His enemies. 
12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, 
and encamp round about my tabernacle.

13 "He hath put my brethren far from me,
and mine acquaintances are verily estranged from me.
14 My kinsfolk have failed,
and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me as a stranger;
I am an alien in their sight.
16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer;
I entreated him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my wife,
though I entreated for the sake of the children of my own body.
18 Yea, young children despised me;
I arose, and they spoke against me.
19 All my intimate friends abhorred me,
and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped with the skin of my teeth.

21 "Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends,
for the hand of God hath touched me!
22 Why do ye persecute me as God,
and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 Oh, that my words were now written! Oh, that they were printed in a book,
24 that they were graven with an iron pen and lead, in the rock for ever!
25 For I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth;
26 and though after my skin, worms destroy this body,
yet in my flesh shall I see God,
27 whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another,
though my reins be consumed within me.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: 

Fear God and keep His commandments, 
for this is the whole duty of man. 
For God shall bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, 
whether it be good or whether it be evil.

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