Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

July 31, 2018

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Jeremiah 14:17-22

17 "Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them: 

`Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease; 
for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow. 
18 If I go forth into the field, then behold, the slain with the sword! And if I enter into the city, then behold, them that are sick with famine! 
Yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.'" 

19 Hast Thou utterly rejected Judah? 
Hath Thy soul loathed Zion? 
Why hast Thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? 
We looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold, trouble! 
20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers; 
for we have sinned against Thee. 
21 Do not abhor us, for Thy name's sake; do not disgrace the throne of Thy glory; 
remember, break not Thy covenant with us. 
22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain?
Or can the heavens give showers? 
Art not Thou He, O LORD our God? 
Therefore we will wait upon Thee, for Thou hast made all these things.

Psalm 79 

1 O God, the heathen have come into Thine inheritance; 
Thy holy temple have they defiled, they have laid Jerusalem in heaps. 
2 The dead bodies of Thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heavens, 
the flesh of Thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. 
3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem, 
and there was none to bury them. 
4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, 
a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. 

5 How long, LORD? Wilt Thou be angry for ever? 
Shall Thy jealousy burn like fire? 
6 Pour out Thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known Thee, 
and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon Thy name; 
7 for they have devoured Jacob 
and laid waste his dwelling place.

8 O remember not former iniquities against us; 
let Thy tender mercies go speedily before us, for we are brought very low. 
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name; 
and deliver us and purge away our sins, for Thy name's sake. 
10 Why should the heathen say, "Where is their God?" 
Let Him be known among the heathen in our sight by the avenging of the blood of Thy servants which is shed. 

11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before Thee; 
according to the greatness of Thy power, preserve Thou those that are appointed to die. 
12 And render unto the bosom of our neighbors 
sevenfold their reproach wherewith they have reproached Thee, O Lord. 
13 So we Thy people and the sheep of Thy pasture, will give Thee thanks for ever; 
we will show forth Thy praise to all generations.

Matthew 13:36-43

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house, and His disciples came unto Him, saying, "Explain unto us the parable of the tares of the field." 37 He answered and said unto them,

"He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, but the tares are the children of the wicked one. 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be at the end of this world. 41 The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend and them that do iniquity, 42 and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 30:16

There are no riches above a sound body, 
and no joy above the joy of the heart. 

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 6:27-30a

"Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Therefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you,

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