Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

August 15, 2021

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

Revelation 11:19

19 And the temple of God was opened in Heaven; and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament, and there were lightnings and voices, and thunderings and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 12

1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 And she, being with child, cried, travailing in birth and in pain to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a manchild, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and to His throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

7 And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out -- that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world. He was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven,

"Now have come salvation and strength, and the Kingdom of our God,
and the power of His Christ;
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
who accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony,
and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens,
and ye that dwell in them!
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath,
because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."

Psalm 45

1 My heart is composing a goodly matter; I speak of the verses which I have made concerning the King;
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into Thy lips;
therefore God hath blessed Thee for ever.
3 Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O most Mighty,
with Thy glory and Thy majesty.
4 And in Thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness;
and Thy right hand shall teach Thee fearsome things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies,
whereby the people fall under Thee.

6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever;
the scepter of Thy Kingdom is a righteous scepter.
7 Thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness;
therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
8 All Thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia,
out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made Thee glad.
9 Kings' daughters were among Thy honorable women;
at Thy right hand stood the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider and incline thine ear;
forget also thine own people and thy father's house.
11 So shall the King greatly desire thy beauty,
for He is thy Lord; worship thou Him.
12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift;
even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favor.

13 The King's daughter is all glorious within;
her clothing is of wrought gold.
14 She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework;
the virgins, her companions that follow her, shall be brought unto Thee.
15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought;
they shall enter into the King's palace.

16 Instead of Thy fathers shall be Thy children,
whom Thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
17 I will make Thy name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise Thee for ever and ever.

1 Corinthians 15:20-34

20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of those who slept. 21 For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive; 23 but every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. 24 Then cometh the end when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, when He shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He hath put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death, 27 for "He hath put all things under His feet." But when He saith "all things" are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, who did put all things under Him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son Himself also be subject unto Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

29 Else, what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I declare by my rejoicing in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord: I die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is there to me, if the dead rise not? "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" 33 Be not deceived: "Evil associations corrupt good manners." 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

Luke 1:39-56

39 And Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah, 40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and saluted Elizabeth. 41 And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. 42 And she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43 And why is it granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 And blessed is she that believed; for there shall be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord." 46 And Mary said,

"My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47 and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden;
for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49 For He that is mighty hath done to me great things,
and holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on them that fear Him,
from generation to generation.
51 He hath shown strength with His arm;
He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
53 He hath filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He hath sent empty away.
54 He hath helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy,
55 as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever."

56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 31:28-29

Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart and cheerfulness of the mind, 
but wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind with brawling and quarreling.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 18:23-35

 "Therefore is the Kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king who would settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him who owed him ten thousand talents. But inasmuch as he could not pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and did homage to him, saying, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.' Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred pence. And he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, `Pay me what thou owest.' And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, `Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.' And he would not, but went and cast him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, `O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?' And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother's trespasses."

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