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Revised Common Lectionary (Semicontinuous)

Daily Bible readings that follow the church liturgical year, with sequential stories told across multiple weeks.
Duration: 1245 days
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Genesis 24:34-38

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.(A) 35 The Lord has blessed(B) my master abundantly,(C) and he has become wealthy.(D) He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.(E) 36 My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age,(F) and he has given him everything he owns.(G) 37 And my master made me swear an oath,(H) and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live,(I) 38 but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’(J)

Genesis 24:42-49

42 “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success(A) to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring.(B) If a young woman(C) comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”(D) 44 and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’(E)

45 “Before I finished praying in my heart,(F) Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder.(G) She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’(H)

46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’(I) So I drank, and she watered the camels also.(J)

47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’(K)

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel(L) son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’(M)

“Then I put the ring in her nose(N) and the bracelets on her arms,(O) 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord.(P) I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham,(Q) who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.(R) 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness(S) to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

Genesis 24:58-67

58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,”(A) she said.

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way,(B) along with her nurse(C) and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed(D) Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase
    to thousands upon thousands;(E)
may your offspring possess
    the cities of their enemies.”(F)

61 Then Rebekah and her attendants(G) got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi,(H) for he was living in the Negev.(I) 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[a](J) and as he looked up,(K) he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel(L) 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil(M) and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent(N) of his mother Sarah,(O) and he married Rebekah.(P) So she became his wife, and he loved her;(Q) and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.(R)

Psalm 45:10-17

10 Listen, daughter,(A) and pay careful attention:(B)
    Forget your people(C) and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;(D)
    honor(E) him, for he is your lord.(F)
12 The city of Tyre(G) will come with a gift,[a](H)
    people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious(I) is the princess within her chamber;
    her gown is interwoven with gold.(J)
14 In embroidered garments(K) she is led to the king;(L)
    her virgin companions(M) follow her—
    those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,(N)
    they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
    you will make them princes(O) throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;(P)
    therefore the nations will praise you(Q) for ever and ever.(R)

Song of Songs 2:8-13

Listen! My beloved!
    Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
    bounding over the hills.(A)
My beloved is like a gazelle(B) or a young stag.(C)
    Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
    peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
    “Arise, my darling,
    my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
    is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;(D)
    the blossoming(E) vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
    my beautiful one, come with me.”

Romans 7:15-25

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.(A) 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.(B) 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.(C) 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a](D) For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.(E) 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.(F)

21 So I find this law at work:(G) Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being(H) I delight in God’s law;(I) 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war(J) against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin(K) at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?(L) 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!(M)

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law,(N) but in my sinful nature[b] a slave to the law of sin.(O)

Matthew 11:16-19

16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

17 “‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating(A) nor drinking,(B) and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’(C) But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”

Matthew 11:25-30

The Father Revealed in the Son(A)

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father,(B) Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.(C) 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to me(D) by my Father.(E) No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.(F)

28 “Come to me,(G) all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.(H) 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,(I) for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.(J) 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(K)

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