Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

March 5, 2020

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

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

The Rest of Esther 14:1-19

1 Queen Esther also, being in fear of death, resorted unto the Lord, 2 and laid away her glorious apparel and put on the garments of anguish and mourning; and instead of precious ointments, she covered her head with ashes and dung; and she humbled her body greatly, and all the places of her joy she filled with her torn hair. 3 And she prayed unto the Lord God of Israel, saying: 

"O my Lord, Thou only art our King. Help me, desolate woman, who have no helper but Thee, 4 for my danger is in mine hand. 5 From my youth up I have heard in the tribe of my family that Thou, O Lord, tookest Israel from among all people, and our fathers from all their predecessors, for a perpetual inheritance, and Thou hast performed whatsoever Thou didst promise them. 6 And now we have sinned before Thee; therefore hast Thou given us into the hands of our enemies, 7 because we worshiped their gods. O Lord, Thou art righteous. 8 Nevertheless it satisfieth them not that we are in bitter captivity; but they have shaken hands with their idols 9 that they will abolish the thing that Thou with Thy mouth hast ordained, and destroy Thine inheritance and stop the mouth of them that praise Thee, and quench the glory of Thy house and of Thine altar, 10 and open the mouths of the heathen to set forth the praises of the idols, and to magnify a fleshly king for ever. 

11 "O Lord, give not Thy scepter unto those who are nothing; and let them not laugh at our fall, but turn their device upon themselves and make him an example, who hath begun this against us. 12 Remember, O Lord; make Thyself known in time of our affliction, and give me boldness, O King of the nations and Lord of all power. 13 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth before the lion. Turn his heart to hate him that fighteth against us, that there may be an end of him and of all who are like-minded with him. 

14  "But deliver us with Thine hand, and help me who am desolate and who have no other help but Thee. 15 Thou knowest all things, O Lord; Thou knowest that I hate the glory of the unrighteous, and abhor the bed of the uncircumcised and of all the heathen. 16 Thou knowest my necessity; for I abhor the sign of my high estate, which is upon mine head in the days wherein I show myself, and that I abhor it as a menstruous rag, and that I wear it not when I am private by myself; 17 and that Thine handmaid hath not eaten at Haman's table, and that I have not greatly esteemed the king's feast, nor drunk the wine of the drink offerings; 18 neither had Thine handmaid any joy since the day that I was brought hither to this present, but in Thee, O Lord God of Abraham. 19 O Thou mighty God above all, hear the voice of the forlorn, and deliver us out of the hands of the evildoers, and deliver me out of my fear."

Psalm 138

1 I will praise Thee with my whole heart;
before the gods will I sing praise unto Thee.
2 I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth,
for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.
3 In the day when I cried, Thou answered me,
and strengthened me with strength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise Thee, O LORD,
when they hear the words of Thy mouth.
5 Yea, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly,
but the proud He knoweth afar off.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
Thou wilt revive me;
Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies,
and Thy right hand shall save me.

8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me;
Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; forsake not the works of Thine own hands.

Words of Worship - Psalm 51:10a, 12a

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,

Matthew 7:7-12

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. 

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 10:6 

Bear not hatred against thy neighbor for every wrong, 
and do nothing at all by injurious practices.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 7:7-12

"A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country and in his own house." 58 And He did not many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.

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