|Book of Common Prayer Daily Lectionary|
Daily Lectionary for Thursday, December 12, 2013 (courtesy of ESV Bible Online)
He Will Not Forsake His Saints
 Of David.
37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
12 The wicked plots against the righteous
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
16 Better is the little that the righteous has
18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
19 they are not put to shame in evil times;
20 But the wicked will perish;
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
25 I have been young, and now am old,
27 Turn away from evil and do good;
30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
32 The wicked watches for the righteous
34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way,
37 Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
The Destruction of Israel
9:1 I saw the Lord standing beside  the altar, and he said:
“Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake,
2 “If they dig into Sheol,
5 The Lord God of hosts,
7 “Are you not like the Cushites to me,
9 “For behold, I will command,
To the Church in Smyrna
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander  of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
To the Church in Pergamum
12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith  even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.  15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell  as yourselves.
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18 And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. (ESV)
 37:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each stanza beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
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