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

March 28

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

Psalm 78:40-55

40 How oft did they provoke Him in the wilderness,
and grieve Him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tested God,
and limited the Holy One of Israel.
42 They remembered not His hand,
nor the day when He delivered them from the enemy,
43 how He had wrought His signs in Egypt
and His wonders in the field of Zoan,
44 and had turned their rivers into blood,
and their streams, that they could not drink.
45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their harvest unto the caterpillar,
and their labor unto the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail,
and their sycamore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail,
and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble,
by sending evil angels among them.
50 He made a path to His anger;
He spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence,
51 and smote all the firstborn in Egypt,
the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham.
52 But He made His own people to go forth like sheep,
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 And He led them on safely, so that they feared not;
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And He brought them to the border of His sanctuary,
even to this mountain, which His right hand had purchased.
55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and apportioned them an inheritance by line,
and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.

Matthew 25:14-30

14 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to every man according to his several ability, and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them another five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained another two. 18 But he that had received one went and dug in the earth and hid his lord's money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and reckoned with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought the other five talents, saying, `Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents. Behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.' 21 His lord said unto him, `Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'

22 "He also that had received two talents came and said, `Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents; behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.' 23 His lord said unto him, `Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'

24 "Then he that had received the one talent came and said, `Lord, I knew thee, that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth. Lo, there thou hast what is thine.' 26 His lord answered and said unto him, `Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed. 27 Thou ought therefore to have placed my money with the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with interest. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not, shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Romans 14:13-23

13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more, but judge this rather: that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him that regardeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved because of thy meat, thou walkest no longer charitably. Destroy not with thy meat him for whom Christ died. 16 Let not your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ, is acceptable to God and approved by men. 

19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and the things wherewith one may edify another. 20 Destroy not the work of God for the sake of meat. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for that man to eat what causeth offense. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22 Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not from faith; for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.

Deuteronomy 22:1-5

1 "Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them. Thou shalt in any case bring them back unto thy brother. 2 And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again. 3 In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment and with all lost things of thy brother's, which he hath lost and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise; thou mayest not hide thyself. 4 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them; thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.

5 "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment; for all who do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 24:10-22

10 "When thou dost lend thy brother any thing, thou shalt not go into his house to fetch his pledge. 11 Thou shalt stand abroad, and the man to whom thou dost lend shall bring out the pledge abroad unto thee. 12 And if the man be poor, thou shalt not sleep with his pledge. 13 In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment and bless thee; and it shall be righteousness unto thee before the LORD thy God.

14 "Thou shalt not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren or of thy strangers who are in thy land within thy gates. 15 At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor and setteth his heart upon it, lest he cry against thee unto the LORD, and it be sin unto thee.

16 "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

17 "Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger nor of the fatherless, nor take a widow's raiment in pledge; 18 but thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence. Therefore I command thee to do this thing.

19 "When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field and hast forgotten a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow, that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. 20 When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 21 When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow. 22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt. Therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Deuteronomy 25:13-16

13 "Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small. 14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small. 15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have, that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 16 For all who do such things and all who do unrighteously are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 4:11-12

Again, if two lie down together, then they have heat, 
but how can one be warm alone? 
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; 
and a three-strand cord is not quickly broken. 

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