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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 17

1 Hear the right, O LORD; attend unto my cry!
Give ear unto my prayer, which goeth not out of feigned lips.
2 Let my sentence come forth from Thy presence;
let Thine eyes behold things with equity.

3 Thou hast tested mine heart;
Thou hast visited me in the night;
Thou hast tried me and shalt find nothing;
I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4 Concerning the works of men,
by the word of Thy lips I have been kept from the paths of the destroyer.
5 Uphold my goings in Thy paths,
that my footsteps slip not.

6 I have called upon Thee, for Thou wilt hear me, O God;
incline Thine ear unto me and hear my speaking.
7 Show Thy marvelous lovingkindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them that put their trust in Thee
from those that rise up against them.

8 Keep me as the apple of the eye;
hide me under the shadow of Thy wings,
9 from the wicked that oppress me,
from my deadly enemies who compass me about.
10 They are enclosed in their own fat;
with their mouth they speak proudly.
11 They have now encompassed us in our steps;
they have set their eyes, bowing down to the earth,
12 like a lion that is greedy for his prey,
even as a young lion lurking in secret places.

13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint them! Cast them down;
deliver my soul from the wicked by Thy sword,
14 from men which are Thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world that have their portion in this life,
and whose belly Thou fillest with Thy hid treasure:
They are full of children,
and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

15 As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.

Luke 8:16-25

16 "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel or putteth it under a bed, but setteth it on a candlestick, that they that enter in may see the light. 17 For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid that shall not be known and come abroad. 18 Take heed therefore how ye hear, for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have."

19 Then came to Him His mother and His brethren, and could not come near Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told to Him by certain ones, who said, "Thy mother and thy brethren stand outside, desiring to see thee." 21 And He answered and said unto them,

"My mother and My brethren are these who hear the Word of God, and do it."

22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that He went into a boat with His disciples. And He said unto them,

"Let us go over unto the other side of the lake."

And they launched forth. 23 But as they sailed, He fell asleep. And there came down a storm of wind on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we perish!" Then He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water; and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 And He said unto them,

"Where is your faith?"

And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, "What manner of man is this? For He commandeth even the winds and the water, and they obey Him!"

Colossians 3:18-25

18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and be not bitter against them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men, 24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done, and there is no respect of persons.

Job 28:12-28

12 But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep saith, `It is not in me'; and the sea saith, `It is not with me.' 15 It cannot be gotten for gold; neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx or the sapphire. 17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it; and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 18 No mention shall be made of coral or of pearls, for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it; neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20 "Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding-- 21 seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air? 22 Destruction and death say, `We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.' 23 God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place thereof. 24 For He looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven, 25 to make the weight for the winds, and He weigheth the waters by measure. 26 When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder, 27 then did He see it and declare it; He prepared it, yea, and searched it out. 28 And unto man He said, `Behold, the fear of the Lord: that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.'"

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 27:2

As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones, 
so doth sin stick close between buying and selling. 

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