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(beginning January 1st)

September 11

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

Psalm 63

1 O God, Thou art my God;
early will I seek Thee.
My soul thirsteth for Thee,
my flesh longeth for Thee, in a dry and thirsty land where no water is,
2 to see Thy power and Thy glory as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.
4 Thus will I bless Thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness
and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips,
6 when I remember Thee upon my bed,
and meditate on Thee in the night watches.
7 Because Thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after Thee;
Thy right hand upholdeth me.

9 But those that seek my soul to destroy it shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
10 They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for foxes.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by Him shall glory,
but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Luke 21:5-19

5 And when some spoke of the temple and how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, He said,

6 "As for these things which ye behold, the days will come in which there shall not be left one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down."

7 And they asked Him, saying, "Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?" 8 And He said,

"Take heed that ye be not deceived, for many shall come in My name, saying, 'I am Christ,' and, 'the time draweth near.' Go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified, for these things must first come to pass. But the end is not at once."

10 Then said He unto them,

"Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines and pestilences. And fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, and you will be brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake. 13 And it shall turn to you to bear testimony. 14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand what ye shall answer. 15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents and brethren and kinsfolk and friends, and some of you they shall cause to be put to death. 17 And ye shall be hated by all men for My name's sake. 18 But there shall not a hair of your head perish. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Hebrews 6

1 Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if God permit. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 and have tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the world to come, 6 if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing that they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put Him to open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for those by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. 8 But that which beareth thorns and briars is rejected and is nigh unto being cursed, whose end is to be burned.

9 But, beloved, though we thus speak, we are persuaded that there are better things for you, things that accompany salvation. 10 For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shown toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that every one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end, 12 that ye be not slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, "Surely in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thee." 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater, and an oath of confirmation is to them an end to all strife. 17 Thereby God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we, who have fled for refuge, might have strong consolation to lay hold upon the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil, 20 where the Forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, who is made a high priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.

Jeremiah 12:1-4, 7-16a 

1 Righteous art Thou, O LORD, when I plead with Thee; 
yet let me talk with Thee of Thy judgments: 
Why doth the way of the wicked prosper? 
Why are all they happy that deal very treacherously? 
2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root; they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit. 
Thou art near in their mouth, but far from their reins. 
3 But Thou, O LORD, knowest me; 
Thou hast seen me and tried mine heart toward Thee. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, 
and prepare them for the day of slaughter. 
4 How long shall the land mourn and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? 
The beasts are consumed, and the birds, because they said, "He shall not see our last end." 

7 "I have forsaken Mine house, I have left Mine heritage; 
I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies. 8 Mine heritage is unto Me as a lion in the forest: it crieth out against Me; 
therefore have I hated it. 
9 Mine heritage is unto Me as a speckled bird: the birds round about are against her. 
Come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field; come to devour. 
10 Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion under foot, 
they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. 
11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto Me; 
the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart. 
12 The despoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness; 
for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land. No flesh shall have peace. 
13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns; 
they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit; 
and they shall be ashamed of your produce 
because of the fierce anger of the LORD. 

14 "Thus saith the LORD against all Mine evil neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit: Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 15 And it shall come to pass after I have plucked them out, I will return and have compassion on them, and will bring them back, every man to his heritage and every man to his land. 16a And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, `The LORD liveth,'

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 31:27

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately. 
What life is then to a man that is without wine? For it was made to make men glad.


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