Scripture Reading for the
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March 21

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 73

1 Truly God is good to Israel,
even to such as are of a clean heart.

2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone;
my steps had well nigh slipped.
3 For I was envious of the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no bands in their death, but their strength is firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men;
neither are they plagued like other men.
6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain;
violence covereth them as a garment.
7 Their eyes stand out with fatness;
they have more than heart could wish.
8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression;
they speak loftily.
9 They set their mouth against the heavens,
and their tongue walketh through the earth.
10 Therefore His people return hither,
and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
11 And they say, "How doth God know?
And is there knowledge in the Most High?"

12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world;
they increase in riches.
13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain
and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long have I been plagued
and chastened every morning.

15 If I say, "I will speak thus,"
behold, I should offend against the generation of Thy children.
16 When I thought to understand this, it was too painful for me,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God. Then understood I their end:
18 surely Thou didst set them in slippery places.
Thou didst cast them down into destruction!
19 How they are brought into desolation, as in a moment!
They are utterly consumed with terrors!
20 As a dream when one awaketh,
so, O Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt despise their image.

21 Thus my heart was grieved,
and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I and ignorant;
I was as a beast before Thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with Thee;
Thou hast held me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel
and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
27 For lo, they that are far from Thee shall perish;
Thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from Thee.

28 But it is good for me to draw near to God.
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Thy works.

Matthew 23:23-32

23 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law: judgment, mercy, and faith. These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

25 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but are within full of dead men's bones and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so, ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the tombs of the prophets and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, 30 and say, `If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.' 31 Therefore ye are witnesses against yourselves, that ye are the children of them that killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up, then, the measure of your fathers.

Romans 11:1-21

1 I ask then: Hath God cast away His people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Know ye not what the Scripture saith of Elijah, how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 "Lord, they have killed Thy prophets and torn down Thine altars, and I am left alone and they seek my life"? 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? "I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal." 5 Even so then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it be by works, then it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded, 8 according as it is written:

"God hath given them the spirit of slumber,
eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this day."

9 And David saith,

"Let their table be made a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a recompense unto them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see,
and bow down their backs alway."

11 I say then: Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid! But rather, through their fall salvation has come unto the Gentiles to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fullness?

13 For I speak to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my office, 14 that by any means I may provoke to emulation those who are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the whole lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, "The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in." 20 Thou sayest well! Because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear; 21 for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

1 "Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it, 2 that thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life, and that thy days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it, that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart; 7 and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them as a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house and on thy gates.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 9:10a

Forsake not an old friend, 
for the new is not comparable to him.

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