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(beginning January 1st)

July 21

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

Psalm 16

1 Preserve me, O God,
for in Thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD,
"Thou art my Lord; my goodness extendeth not to Thee,
3 but to the saints that are on the earth,
and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight."

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied,
that hasten after another god;
their drink offerings of blood will I not offer,
nor take up their names upon my lips.

5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup;
Thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD who hath given me counsel;
my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

8 I have set the LORD always before me;
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoiceth;
my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell;
neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy;
at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Luke 8:1-15

1 And it came to pass afterward that He went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, 2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who ministered unto Him from their substance.

4 And when many people had gathered together and had come to Him out of every city, He spoke by a parable:

5 "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock, and as soon as it had sprung up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up and bore fruit a hundredfold."

And when He had said these things, He cried,

"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!"

9 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "What might this parable mean?" 10 And He said,

"Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; but to others in parables, that

'seeing they might not see,
and hearing they might not understand.'

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the devil and taketh away the Word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 The seed on the rock are they that, when they hear, receive the Word with joy, but they have no root: they for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they that, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they that, in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Therefore, holy and beloved, as the elect of God, put on hearts of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, 13 forbearing one another and forgiving one another if any man have a quarrel against another: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him.

Job 27:1-6

1 Moreover Job continued his parable and said:

2 "As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment, and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul,
3 while my breath is in me and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips shall not speak wickedness,
nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 God forbid that I should justify you;
till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go;
my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 20:20

Whoso curseth his father or his mother, 
his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.


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