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September 3

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The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar

Psalm 55

1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
and hide not Thyself from my supplication.
2 Attend unto me and hear me; I mourn in my complaint and moan,
3 because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked;
for they cast iniquity upon me,
and in wrath they hate me.

4 My heart is sorely pained within me,
and the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
and horror hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
For then would I fly away and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness;
8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest."

9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues,
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof;
mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof;
deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me;
then I could have borne it.
Neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me;
then I would have hid myself from him.
13 But it was thou, a man mine equal,
my guide and mine acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together,
and walked unto the house of God in company.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down alive into hell;
for wickedness is in their dwellings and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God,
and the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon will I pray and cry aloud,
and He shall hear my voice.
18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
for there were many with me.
19 God shall hear and afflict them,
even He that abideth of old.
Because they have not changed,
therefore they fear not God.
20 He hath put forth his hands against those that are at peace with him;
he hath broken his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
but war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet were they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee.
He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23 But Thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction;
bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in Thee.

Luke 19:28-40

28 And when Jesus had thus spoken, He went ahead, ascending up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He had come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying,

"Go ye into the village opposite you, in which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat. Loose him and bring him hither. 31 And if any man ask you, 'Why do ye loose him?' thus shall ye say unto him, `Because the Lord hath need of him.'"

32 And those who were sent went their way and found even as He had said unto them. 33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, "Why loose ye the colt?" 34 And they said, "The Lord hath need of him." 35 And they brought him to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. 36 And as He went, they spread their clothes along the way. 37 And when He had come nigh, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying,

"Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto Him, "Master, rebuke thy disciples." 40 And He answered and said unto them,

"I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."

Titus 3:1-7

1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no man, not to be brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But after the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 He saved us not by works of righteousness which we had done, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration, and by the renewing of the Holy Ghost, 6 which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 

Jeremiah 1 

1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. 

4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." 6 Then said I, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a child." 7 But the LORD said unto me, "Say not, `I am a child,' for thou shalt go to all whom I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces, for I am with thee to deliver thee," saith the LORD. 

9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, "Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms to root out and to pull down, and to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant." 

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, "Jeremiah, what seest thou?" And I said, "I see a rod of an almond tree." 12 Then said the LORD unto me, "Thou hast well seen, for I will hasten My word to perform it." 

13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, "What seest thou?" And I said, "I see a seething pot, and the face thereof is toward the north." 14 Then the LORD said unto me, "Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north," saith the LORD; "and they shall come and they shall set every one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will utter My judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, who have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands. 17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise and speak unto them all that I command thee. Be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. 18 For behold, I have made thee this day a fortified city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land -- against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. 19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee, for I am with thee," saith the LORD, "to deliver thee."

Words of Wisdom - Wisdom of Solomon 8:7

And if a man love righteousness, her labors are virtues; for she teacheth temperance and prudence, justice and fortitude, which are such things as men can have nothing more profitable in their life. 


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