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