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

March 23

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

Psalm 75

1 Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks,
unto Thee do we give thanks.
For that Thy name is near,
Thy wondrous works declare.

2 When I shall receive the congregation,
I will judge uprightly.
3 When the earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved,
I bear up the pillars of it.
4 I said unto the fools, "Deal not foolishly,"
and to the wicked, "Lift not up the horn.
5 Lift not up your horn on high;
speak not with a stiff neck."

6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west,
nor from the south,
7 but God is the Judge:
He putteth down one, and setteth up another.
8 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red and fully mixed;
and He poureth out the same.
But as for the dregs thereof,
all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out and drink them.

9 But I will declare it for ever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

10 All the horns of the wicked will I also cut off,
but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

Matthew 24:1-14

1 And Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them,

"See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down."

3 And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?" 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them,

"Take heed that no man deceive you; 5 for many shall come in My name, saying, `I am Christ,' and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then shall many lose faith and shall betray one another and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.

Romans 12:1-8

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

3 For I say to every man that is among you, through the grace given unto me, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body and all members have not the same office, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us: if prophecy, let us prophesy according to our portion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation; he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Deuteronomy 7:1-15

1 "When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee -- the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou-- 2 and when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee, thou shalt smite them and utterly destroy them. Thou shalt make no covenant with them nor show mercy unto them. 3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them. Thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son; 4 for they will turn away thy son from following Me, that they may serve other gods. So will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you and destroy thee suddenly. 5 But thus shall ye deal with them: ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their Asherah poles, and burn their graven images with fire.

6 "For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God; the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 7 The LORD did not set His love upon you nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people, for ye were the fewest of all people; 8 but because the LORD loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations, 10 and repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack to him that hateth Him; He will repay him to his face. 11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which I command thee this day, to do them.

12 "Therefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which He swore unto thy fathers. 13 And He will love thee and bless thee and multiply thee; He will also bless the fruit of thy womb and the fruit of thy land, thy corn and thy wine and thine oil, the increase of thy cattle and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee. 14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your cattle. 15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee, but will lay them upon all those who hate thee.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 11:14 

Where no counsel is, the people fall; 
but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

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