Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

April 8, 2020

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Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Isaiah 50:4-9a

4 "The Lord GOD hath given Me the tongue of the learned, 
that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. 
He wakeneth morning by morning; 
He wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the learned. 
5 The Lord GOD hath opened Mine ear, 
and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 
6 I gave My back to the smiters and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; 
I hid not My face from shame and spitting. 
7 For the Lord GOD will help Me, therefore shall I not be confounded; 
therefore have I set My face like a flint, 
and I know that I shall not be ashamed. 
8 He is near that justifieth Me. 
Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. 
Who is Mine adversary? 
Let him come near to Me. 
9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help Me. 
Who is he that shall condemn Me? 

Psalm 69

1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come in unto my soul.
2 I sink into deep mire where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters where the floods overflow me.
3 I am weary of my crying, my throat is dry;
mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head; they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty.
Then I was made to restore that which I took not away.
5 O God, Thou knowest my foolishness, and my sins are not hid from Thee.

6 Let not them that wait on Thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake,
let not those that seek Thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel,
7 because for Thy sake I have borne reproach;
shame hath covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger unto my brethren,
and an alien unto my mother's children.
9 For the zeal for Thine house hath eaten me up,
and the reproaches of them that reproached Thee have fallen upon me.
10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting,
that was turned to my reproach.
11 I also made sackcloth my garment,
and I became a proverb to them.
12 They that sit at the gate speak against me,
and I have become the song of the drunkards.
13 But as for me, my prayer is unto Thee: O LORD, in an acceptable time, O God, in the multitude of Thy mercy hear me in the truth of Thy salvation.
14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from them that hate me and out of the deep waters.
15 Let not the floodwater overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

16 Hear me, O LORD, for Thy lovingkindness is good;
turn unto me according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies.
17 And hide not Thy face from Thy servant,
for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.
18 Draw nigh unto my soul and redeem it;
deliver me because of mine enemies.

19 Thou hast known my reproach and my shame and my dishonor;
mine adversaries are all before Thee.
20 Reproach hath broken my heart,
and I am full of heaviness;
I looked for some to take pity, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found none.
21 They gave me also gall for my meat,
and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22 Let their table become a snare before them, 
and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; 
and make their loins continually to shake. 
24 Pour out Thine indignation upon them, 
and let Thy wrathful anger take hold of them. 
25 Let their habitation be desolate, 
and let none dwell in their tents. 
26 For they persecute him whom Thou hast smitten, 
and they talk of the grief of those whom Thou hast wounded. 
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity, 
and let them not come into Thy righteousness. 
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, 
and not be written with the righteous.

29 But I am poor and sorrowful;
let Thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox
or a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
32 The humble shall see this and be glad,
and your heart shall live, that seek God.
33 For the LORD heareth the poor,
and despiseth not His prisoners.

34 Let the heaven and earth praise Him,
the seas and every thing that moveth therein.
35 For God will save Zion and will build the cities of Judah,
that they may dwell there and possess it.
36 The seed also of His servants shall inherit it,
and them that love His name shall dwell therein.

Matthew 26:14-30

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests 15 and said unto them, "What will ye give me if I will deliver Him unto you?" And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, "Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?" 18 And He said,

"Go into the city to a certain man and say unto him, `The Master saith, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples."'"

19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them, and they made ready the Passover.

20 Now when the evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 And as they ate, He said,

"Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray Me."

22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto Him, "Lord, is it I?" 23 And He answered and said,

"He that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish, the same shall betray Me. 24 The Son of Man goeth as it is written of Him, but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born."

25 Then Judas, who betrayed Him, answered and said, "Master, is it I?" He said unto him,

"Thou hast said."

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said,

"Take, eat; this is My body."

27 And He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

"Drink ye all of it; 28 for this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom."

30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the Mount of Olives.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 17:25a

Return unto the Lord, and forsake thy sins;

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 11:49-51

"Therefore also said the wisdom of God: `I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute,' that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the temple. Verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.

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