Scripture Reading for
The Lectionary According to the Common CalendarPsalm 60
1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father hath found pertaining to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath reason to glory, but not before God. 3 For what saith the Scripture? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness." 4 Now to him that worketh, his reward is reckoned not according to grace, but according to debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth in Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness, 6 even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying,
9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the Circumcision only, or upon the Uncircumcision also? For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How was it then reckoned? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision! 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had, yet being uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are not circumcised, that righteousness might be imputed unto them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who are not of the Circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham which he had, being yet uncircumcised.
Leviticus 25:1-28, 35-39
1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 2 "Speak unto the children of Israel and say unto them: `When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. 3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard and gather in the fruit thereof, 4 but in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD; thou shalt neither sow thy field nor prune thy vineyard. 5 That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed; for it is a year of rest unto the land. 6 And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you: for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger who sojourneth with thee; 7 and for thy cattle and for the beasts that are in thy land shall all the increase thereof be meat.
8 "`And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. It shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. 12 For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you; ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.
13 "`In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. 14 And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbor or buyest aught of thy neighbor's hand, ye shall not oppress one another. 15 According to the number of years after the jubilee thou shalt buy from thy neighbor, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee. 16 According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it; for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee. 17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another, but thou shalt fear thy God; for I am the LORD your God.
18 "`Therefore ye shall do My statutes, and keep My judgments and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. 19 And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill and dwell therein in safety. 20 And if ye shall say, "What shall we eat the seventh year? Behold, we shall not sow nor gather in our increase." 21 Then I will command My blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. 22 And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store. 23 The land shall not be sold for ever, for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with Me. 24 And in all the land of your possession ye shall grant a redemption for the land.
25 "`If thy brother waxeth poor and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold. 26 And if the man have none to redeem it, and he himself is able to redeem it, 27 then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it, that he may return unto his possession. 28 But if he is not able to restore it to him, then that which is sold shall remain in the hand of him that hath bought it until the Year of Jubilee; and in the jubilee it shall go out, and he shall return unto his possession.
35 "`And if thy brother be waxed poor and hath fallen into ruin with thee, then thou shalt relieve him, yea, though he be a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with thee. 36 Take thou no interest from him or increase; but fear thy God, that thy brother may live with thee. 37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon interest, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. 38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
39 "`And if thy brother who dwelleth by thee be waxed poor and is sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bond servant;
Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 7:18
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