First Reading: Is. 1:1-28
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and
Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
The Wickedness of Judah 2
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!
For the LORD has spoken:
“ I have nourished and brought up children,
And they have rebelled against Me; 3
The ox knows its owner
And the donkey its master’s crib; But
Israel does not know,
My people do not consider.” 4
Alas, sinful nation,
A people laden with iniquity,
A brood of evildoers,
Children who are corrupters!
They have forsaken the LORD,
They have provoked to anger
The Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away backward. 5
Why should you be stricken again?
You will revolt more and more.
The whole head is sick,
And the whole heart faints. 6
From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is
no soundness in it, But
wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;
They have not been closed or bound up,
Or soothed with ointment. 7
Your country is
Your cities are
burned with fire;
Strangers devour your land in your presence;
And it is
desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 8
So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard,
As a hut in a garden of cucumbers,
As a besieged city. 9
Unless the LORD of hosts
Had left to us a very small remnant,
We would have become like Sodom,
We would have been made like Gomorrah. 10
Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom;
Give ear to the law of our God,
You people of Gomorrah: 11
“ To what purpose is
the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?”
Says the LORD.
“ I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats. 12
“ When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts? 13
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 14
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them. 15
When you spread out your hands,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Even though you make many prayers,
I will not hear.
Your hands are full of blood. 16
“ Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil, 17
Learn to do good;
Rebuke the oppressor;[a]
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow. 18
“ Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“ Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool. 19
If you are willing and obedient,
You shall eat the good of the land; 20
But if you refuse and rebel,
You shall be devoured by the sword”;
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
The Degenerate City 21
How the faithful city has become a harlot!
It was full of justice;
Righteousness lodged in it,
But now murderers. 22
Your silver has become dross,
Your wine mixed with water. 23
Your princes are
And companions of thieves;
Everyone loves bribes,
And follows after rewards.
They do not defend the fatherless,
Nor does the cause of the widow come before them. 24
Therefore the Lord says,
The LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel,
“ Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries,
And take vengeance on My enemies. 25
I will turn My hand against you,
And thoroughly purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy. 26
I will restore your judges as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” 27
Zion shall be redeemed with justice,
And her penitents with righteousness. 28
The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be
And those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed. Footnotes:
Isaiah 1:17 Some ancient versions read the oppressed.
Second Reading: 1 Pt. 1:1-12
Greeting to the Elect Pilgrims 1
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2
elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
A Heavenly Inheritance 3
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4
to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5
who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7
that the genuineness of your faith, being
much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8
whom having not seen[a]
you love. Though now you do not see Him,
yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9
receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your
Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come
to you, 11
searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12
To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us[b]
they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.Footnotes:
1 Peter 1:8 M-Text reads known.
1 Peter 1:12 NU-Text and M-Text read you.