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Scripture Reading for the
Common Calendar Year
(beginning January 1st)

July 4

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Song of the Three Holy Children 29-34, 52-65, 67-68

29 "Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, 
and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. 
30 And blessed is Thy glorious and holy name, 
and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. 
31 Blessed art Thou in the temple of Thine holy glory, 
and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. 
32 Blessed art Thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims, 
and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. 
33 Blessed art Thou on the glorious throne of Thy Kingdom, 
and to be praised and glorified above all for ever. 
34 Blessed art Thou in the firmament of heaven, 
and above all to be praised and glorified for ever. 

52 "O let the earth bless the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
53 O ye mountains and little hills, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
54 O all ye things that grow on the earth, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
55 O ye fountains, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
56 O ye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
57 O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
58 O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
59 O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 

60 "O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
61 O Israel, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
62 O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
63 O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
64 O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord;
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
65 O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord; 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 

67 "O give thanks unto the Lord, because He is gracious; 
for His mercy endureth for ever. 
68 O all ye that worship the Lord, bless the God of gods, praise Him, and give Him thanks; 
for His mercy endureth for ever."

Luke 3:21-38

21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized. And while He prayed the heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from Heaven, which said, "THOU ART MY BELOVED SON; IN THEE I AM WELL PLEASED."

23 And Jesus Himself had become about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, who was the son of Heli, 24 who was the son of Matthat, who was the son of Levi, who was the son of Melchi, who was the son of Janna, who was the son of Joseph, 25 who was the son of Mattathias, who was the son of Amos, who was the son of Nahum, who was the son of Esli, who was the son of Naggai, 26 who was the son of Maath, who was the son of Mattathias, who was the son of Semei, who was the son of Joseph, who was the son of Juda, 27 who was the son of Joanna, who was the son of Rhesa, who was the son of Zerubbabel, who was the son of Shealtiel, who was the son of Neri, 28 who was the son of Melchi, who was the son of Addi, who was the son of Cosam, who was the son of Elmodam, who was the son of Er, 29 who was the son of Jose, who was the son of Eliezer, who was the son of Jorim, who was the son of Matthat, who was the son of Levi, 30 who was the son of Simeon, who was the son of Judah, who was the son of Joseph, who was the son of Jonan, who was the son of Eliakim, 31 who was the son of Melea, who was the son of Menan, who was the son of Mattatha, who was the son of Nathan, who was the son of David, 32 who was the son of Jesse, who was the son of Obed, who was the son of Boaz, who was the son of Salmon, who was the son of Nahshon, 33 who was the son of Amminadab, who was the son of Aram, who was the son of Hezron, who was the son of Perez, who was the son of Judah, 34 who was the son of Jacob, who was the son of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham, who was the son of Terah, who was the son of Nahor, 35 who was the son of Serug, who was the son of Reu, who was the son of Peleg, who was the son of Eber, who was the son of Shelah, 36 who was the son of Cainan, who was the son of Arphaxad, who was the son of Shem, who was the son of Noah, who was the son of Lamech, 37 who was the son of Methuselah, who was the son of Enoch, who was the son of Jared, who was the son of Mahalaleel, who was the son of Cainan, 38 who was the son of Enos, who was the son of Seth, who was the son of Adam, who was the son of God.

Ephesians 6:10-24 

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and, having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. 16 Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. 19 And pray for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in bonds, that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 

21 But that ye also may know my affairs and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things. 22 I have sent him unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. 

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

Nehemiah 8

1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the Water Gate; and they spoke unto Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all who could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the Water Gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the Book of the Law. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood which they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah and Shema and Anaiah, and Urijah and Hilkiah and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah and Mishael and Malchijah, and Hashum and Hashbadana,Zechariah and Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people (for he was above all the people), and when he opened it all the people stood up. 6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," while lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads, and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 Also Jeshua and Bani and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law; and the people stood in their place. 8 So they read in the book, in the law of God, distinctly, and gave the sense and caused them to understand the reading.

9 And Nehemiah, who is the governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites who taught the people, said unto all the people, "This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep." For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said unto them, "Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet, and send portions unto those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy unto our LORD; neither be ye sorry, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, "Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved." 12 And all the people went their way to eat and to drink and to send portions and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

13 And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law. 14 And they found written in the law, which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month; 15 and that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, "Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches and pine branches and myrtle branches, and palm branches and branches of thick trees to make booths, as it is written." 

16 So the people went forth, and brought them and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the Water Gate and in the street of the Gate of Ephraim. 17 And all the congregation of those who had come again out of the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness. 18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

Words of Wisdom -  Ecclesiasticus 22:15

Sand and salt and a mass of iron is easier to bear 
than a man without understanding.


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