Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

March 16, 2020

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

2 Kings 5

1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man before his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. 3 And she said unto her mistress, "Would to God my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy." 4 And one went in and told his lord, saying, "Thus and thus said the maid who is from the land of Israel." 5 And the king of Syria said, "Go now, go; and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel."

And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver and six thousand pieces of gold and ten changes of raiment. 6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, "Now when this letter has come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest cure him of his leprosy." 7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes and said, "Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to cure a man of his leprosy? Therefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me."

8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, "Why hast thou rent thy clothes? Let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel." 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee and thou shalt be clean." 11 But Naaman was wroth and went away, and said, "Behold, I thought, `He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and cure the leper.' 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near, and spoke unto him and said, "My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to thee, `Wash, and be clean'?" 14 Then went he down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing from thy servant." 

Psalm 42

1 As the hart panteth for the water brooks,
so panteth my soul for Thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God;
when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night,
while they continually say unto me, "Where is thy God?"

4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me,
for I had gone with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise,
with a multitude that kept holyday.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God,
for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
therefore will I remember Thee from the land of Jordan and of the Hermonites, from the hill of Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of Thy waterspouts;
all Thy waves and Thy billows have gone over me.
8 Yet the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
and in the night His song shall be with me and my prayer unto the God of my life.

9 I will say unto God my rock, "Why hast Thou forgotten me?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me,
while they say daily unto me, "Where is thy God?"

11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
who is the health of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 43

1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;
O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
2 For Thou art the God of my strength; why dost Thou cast me off?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out Thy light and Thy truth! Let them lead me.
Let them bring me unto Thy holy hill and to Thy tabernacles.
4 Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy;
yea, upon the harp will I praise Thee, O God, my God.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
who is the health of my countenance and my God.

Words of Worship - Psalm 130:5, 7

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait,
and in His word do I hope. 
Let Israel hope in the LORD, for with the LORD there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.

Luke 4:24-30

24 And He said,

"Verily I say unto you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you in truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land. 26 But unto none of them was Elijah sent, save unto Zarephath, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed, except Naaman the Syrian."

28 Then all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him unto the brow of a hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong. 30 But He, passing through the midst of them, went His way.

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 7:3

Sorrow is better than laughter, 
for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 6:37

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

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