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Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

June 26, 2018

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

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

2 Kings 19:1-21, 31-37

1 And it came to pass, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 3 And they said unto him, "Thus saith Hezekiah: `This day is a day of trouble and of rebuke and blasphemy; for the children have come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard. Therefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant who are left.'" 5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 And Isaiah said unto them, "Thus shall ye say to your master, `Thus saith the LORD: Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Behold, I will send a blight upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.'"

8 So Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he had heard that he had departed from Lachish. 9 And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, "Behold, he has come out to fight against thee," he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, 10 "Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, `Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, "Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria." 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly. And shalt thou be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them whom my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the children of Eden who were in Thelasar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah?'"

14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, "O LORD God of Israel, who dwellest between the cherubims, Thou art the God, even Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. Thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 LORD, bow down Thine ear, and hear; open, LORD, Thine eyes, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, who hath sent him to reproach the living God. 17 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they have destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech Thee, save Thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that Thou art the LORD God, even Thou only."

20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus saith the LORD God of Israel: `That which thou hast prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.' 21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him: "`The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

31 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of Mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.'

32 "Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:

'He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there,
nor come before it with shield, nor cast a mound against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return,
and shall not come into this city,' saith the LORD.
34 'For I will defend this city to save it for Mine own sake,
and for My servant David's sake.'"

35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 37 And it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.

Psalm 48

1 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
in the city of our God, on the mountain of His holiness.

2 Beautiful in situation, the joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion;
on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
3 God is known in her palaces as a refuge.

4 For lo, the kings were assembled,
they passed by together.
5 They saw it and so they marveled;
they were troubled and hastened away.
6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain as of a woman in travail;
7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God:
God will establish it for ever.

9 We have thought of Thy lovingkindness, O God,
in the midst of Thy temple.
10 According to Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth;
Thy right hand is full of righteousness.

11 Let Mount Zion rejoice!
Let the daughters of Judah be glad because of Thy judgments!
12 Walk about Zion and go round about her,
count the towers thereof;
13 mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces,
that ye may tell it to the generation that follows.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
He will be our guide even unto death.

Words of Worship - John 8:12b

"I am the Light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

Matthew 7:6-14

6 "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. 

7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 

9 "Or what man is there among you whom, if his son ask for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him? 12 Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets. 

13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat. 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 


Words of Wisdom - Jeremiah 4:22

"For My people are foolish, 
they have not known Me; 
they are sottish children, 
and they have no understanding. 
They are wise to do evil, 
but to do good they have no knowledge."

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 6:9-13

In this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever.
Amen.


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