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(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

August 18, 2021

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

Judges 9:6-15

6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Bethmillo, and went and made Abimelech king by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice and cried, and said unto them, "Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you. 8 The trees went forth once to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, `Reign thou over us.' 9 But the olive tree said unto them, `Should I leave my fatness, withwhich by me they honor God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?' 10 And the trees said to the fig tree, `Come thou, and reign over us.' 11 But the fig tree said unto them, `Should I forsake my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?' 12 Then said the trees unto the vine, `Come thou, and reign over us.' 13 And the vine said unto them, `Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?' 14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, `Come thou, and reign over us.' 15 And the bramble said unto the trees, `If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow; and if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon.'

Psalm 21 

1 The king shall rejoice in Thy strength, O LORD;
and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! 
2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, 
and hast not withheld the request of his lips.

3 For Thou goest before him with the blessings of goodness; 
Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. 
4 He asked life of Thee and Thou gavest it to him, 
even length of days for ever and ever. 
5 His glory is great in Thy salvation; 
honor and majesty hast Thou laid upon him. 
6 For Thou hast made him most blessed for ever; 
Thou hast made him exceeding glad with Thy countenance. 
7 For the king trusteth in the LORD,
and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.

8 Thine hand shall find out all Thine enemies; 
Thy right hand shall find out those that hate Thee. 
9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of Thine anger; 
the LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them. 
10 Their fruit shalt Thou destroy from the earth, 
and their seed from among the children of men. 
11 For they intended evil against Thee; 
they contrived a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. 
12 Therefore shalt Thou make them turn their back 
when Thou shalt ready Thine arrows upon Thy strings against the face of them.

13 Be Thou exalted, LORD, in Thine own strength; 
so will we sing and praise Thy power!

Words of Worship - Hebrews 4:12

For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

Matthew 20:1-16

1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. 2 And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said unto them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.' And they went their way. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said unto them, 'Why stand ye here all the day idle?' 7 They said unto him, 'Because no man hath hired us.' He said unto them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.'

8 So when evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.' 9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10 But when the first came, they supposed they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the master of the house, 12 saying, 'These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' 13 But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I do thee no wrong. Didst thou not agree with me for a penny? 14 Take that which is thine and go thy way. I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?' 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few are chosen."


Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 31:30

Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend; 
it diminisheth strength and maketh wounds.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 20:1-15a

"For the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you.' And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said unto them, 'Why stand ye here all the day idle?' They said unto him, 'Because no man hath hired us.' He said unto them, 'Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.'

So when evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said unto his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.' And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the master of the house, saying, 'These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I do thee no wrong. Didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take that which is thine and go thy way. I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?


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