Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

June 30, 2018

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

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Lamentations 2:2, 10-19

2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied;
He hath thrown down in His wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah.
He hath brought them down to the ground;
He hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground and keep silence;
they have cast up dust upon their heads.
They have girded themselves with sackcloth;
the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11 Mine eyes do fail with tears,
my soul is troubled;
my passion is poured upon the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
12 They say to their mothers, "Where is corn and wine?" when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city,
when their soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.

13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee?
What thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem?
What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion?
For thy breach is great like the sea. Who can heal thee?

14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee; and they have not exposed thine iniquity, to return you from captivity,
but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying,
"Is this the city that men call `The perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth'?"
16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee;
they hiss and gnash their teeth.
They say, "We have swallowed her up. Certainly this is the day that we looked for;
we have found, we have seen it."

17 The LORD hath done that which He had devised;
He hath fulfilled His word that He had commanded in the days of old.
He hath thrown down, and hath not pitied; and He hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee;
He hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.
18 Their heart cried unto the Lord.
O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night.
Give thyself no rest;
let not the apple of thine eye cease.

19 Arise, cry out in the night;
in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord.
Lift up thy hands toward Him
for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger on top of every street.

Psalm 74 

1 O God, why hast Thou cast us off for ever? 
Why doth Thine anger smoke against the sheep of Thy pasture? 
2 Remember Thy congregation, which Thou hast purchased of old, 
the rod of Thine inheritance, which Thou hast redeemed, this Mount Zion, wherein Thou hast dwelt. 
3 Lift up Thy feet unto the perpetual desolations, 
even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. 
4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of Thy congregations; 
they set up their ensigns for signs. 
5 Once a man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees, 
6 but now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers. 
7 They have cast fire into Thy sanctuary; 
they have defiled by casting down to the ground the dwelling place of Thy name. 
8 They said in their hearts, "Let us destroy them together!" 
They have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 
9 We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet; 
neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? 
Shall the enemy blaspheme Thy name for ever? 
11 Why withdrawest Thou Thy hand, even Thy right hand? 
Pluck it out of Thy bosom! 
12 For God is my King of old, 
working salvation in the midst of the earth. 
13 Thou didst divide the sea by Thy strength; 
Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. 
14 Thou breakest the heads of Leviathan in pieces, 
and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. 
15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood; 
Thou driedst up mighty rivers. 
16 The day is Thine, the night also is Thine; 
Thou hast prepared the light and the sun. 
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth; 
Thou hast made summer and winter.

18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, 
and that the foolish people have blasphemed Thy name. 
19 O deliver not the soul of Thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked; 
forget not the congregation of Thy poor for ever. 
20 Have respect unto the covenant, 
for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. 
21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed; 
let the poor and needy praise Thy name.

22 Arise, O God, plead Thine own cause; 
remember how the foolish man reproacheth Thee daily. 
23 Forget not the voice of Thine enemies; 
the tumult of those that rise up against Thee increaseth continually.

Words of Worship - Matthew 8:17b

"He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses."

Matthew 8:5-17

5 And when Jesus had entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him 6 and saying, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick with the palsy and grievously tormented." 7 And Jesus said unto him,

"I will come and heal him."

8 The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof. But speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this man, 'Go!' and he goeth; and to another, `Come!' and he cometh; and to my servant, 'Do this!' and he doeth it." 10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled and said to those who followed,

"Verily I say unto you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion,

"Go thy way, and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee."

And his servant was healed in that selfsame hour.

14 And when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw his wife's mother lying and sick with a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she arose and ministered unto them. 16 When the evening had come, they brought unto Him many who were possessed with devils, and He cast out the spirits with His word and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, who said, "He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses."

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 21:30

There is no wisdom, nor understanding, 
nor counsel against the LORD.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 6:22-23

"The light of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

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