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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Psalm 36 and 2 Corinthians 3:7–18

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Take 3 minutes today to 
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Every Monday through Friday you will find two of the lectionary texts for the day. 

Choose one or read both. Enjoy.

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PSALM 36 

1   Transgression speaks to the wicked 
          deep in their hearts; 
     there is no fear of God 
          before their eyes. 
2   For they flatter themselves in their own eyes 
          that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 
3   The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit; 
          they have ceased to act wisely and do good. 
4   They plot mischief while on their beds; 
          they are set on a way that is not good; 
          they do not reject evil.


5   Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, 
          your faithfulness to the clouds. 
6   Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, 
          your judgments are like the great deep; 
          you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.


7   How precious is your steadfast love, O God! 
          All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 
8   They feast on the abundance of your house, 
          and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 
9   For with you is the fountain of life; 
          in your light we see light.


10  O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, 
          and your salvation to the upright of heart! 
11  Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, 
          or the hand of the wicked drive me away. 
12  There the evildoers lie prostrate; 
          they are thrust down, unable to rise.


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2 CORINTHIANS 3:7–18

 

7Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory so that the people of Israel could not gaze at Moses' face because of the glory of his face, a glory now set aside, 8how much more will the ministry of the Spirit come in glory? 9For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, much more does the ministry of justification abound in glory! 10Indeed, what once had glory has lost its glory because of the greater glory; 11for if what was set aside came through glory, much more has the permanent come in glory! 

 

12Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

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