Scripture Reading for the
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September 12

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Psalm 64 

1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; 
preserve my life from fear of the enemy. 
2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, 
from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity, 
3 who whet their tongue like a sword 
and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words, 
4 that they may shoot in secret at the perfect; 
suddenly do they shoot at him and fear not. 
5 They encourage each other in an evil purpose; 
they commune in laying snares privily; they say, "Who shall see them?" 
6 They search out iniquities, they conduct a diligent search; 
both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep. 
7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; 
suddenly shall they be wounded. 
8 So shall they make their own tongue to fall upon themselves; 
all that see them shall flee away. 
9 And all men shall fear and shall declare the work of God, 
for they shall wisely consider His doing.

10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD and shall trust in Him, 
and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Luke 21:20-28

20 "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them that are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let them that are in the midst of it depart out, and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

25 "And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars; and upon the earth distress among nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring. 26 Men's hearts will fail them for fear and for looking upon those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh."

Hebrews 7:1-19

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham, who was returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him. 2 To him also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, Melchizedek first being by interpretation "king of righteousness," and after that also king of Salem, which means "king of peace." 3 Without father, without mother and without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God, he abideth a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And verily, those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law -- that is, from their brethren -- though they come out of the loins of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, whose descent is not counted from them, received tithes from Abraham and blessed him that had the promises. 7 And beyond all contradiction, the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 And here men who die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And, as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10 for he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met Abraham.

11 If therefore perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And this is yet far more evident when there ariseth another priest according to the similitude of Melchizedek, 16 who is made not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifieth:

"Thou art a priest for ever
after the order of Melchizedek."

18 For there is verily an annulling of the former commandment because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw nigh unto God.

Jeremiah 13:15-27 

15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud, 
for the LORD hath spoken. 
16 Give glory to the LORD your God before He cause darkness, 
and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, 
and, while ye look for light, He turn it into the shadow of death, 
and make it gross darkness. 
17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; 
and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD's flock is carried away captive. 

18 Say unto the king and to the queen, "Humble yourselves, sit down;
for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory."
19 The cities of the South shall be shut up, 
and none shall open them. 
Judah shall be carried away captive, all of it; 
it shall be wholly carried away captive. 

20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north. 
Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock? 
21 What wilt thou say when He shall punish thee? For thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee. 
Shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail? 
22 And if thou say in thine heart, "Why come these things upon me?"--
for the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts uncovered, and thy heels made bare. 
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? 
Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 

24 "Therefore will I scatter them 
as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. 
25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from Me," saith the LORD; 
"because thou hast forgotten Me, and trusted in falsehood. 
26 Therefore will I uncover thy skirts upon thy face, 
that thy shame may appear. 
27 I have seen thine adulteries and thy neighings, 
the lewdness of thy whoredom and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. 
Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! Wilt thou not be made clean? 
When shall it once be?"

Words of Wisdom - Wisdom of Solomon 9:9

And wisdom was with Thee, which knoweth Thy works, and was present when Thou madest the world, 
and knew what was acceptable in Thy sight and right in Thy commandments.

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