February 3rd, 2018

Saturday of Septuagesima

First Reading: Zech. 14:1-21

The Day of the LORD

 1 Behold, the day of the LORD is coming,
      And your spoil will be divided in your midst.
       2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
      The city shall be taken,
      The houses rifled,
      And the women ravished.
      Half of the city shall go into captivity,
      But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
       3 Then the LORD will go forth
      And fight against those nations,
      As He fights in the day of battle.
       4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
      Which faces Jerusalem on the east.
      And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two,
      From east to west,
      Makinga very large valley;
      Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
      And half of it toward the south.
       5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley,
      For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal.
      Yes, you shall flee
      As you fled from the earthquake
      In the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
      Thus the LORD my God will come,
      And all the saints with You.[a]
       6 It shall come to pass in that day
      That there will be no light;
      The lights will diminish.
       7 It shall be one day
      Which is known to the LORD—
      Neither day nor night.
      But at evening time it shall happen
      That it will be light.
       8 And in that day it shall be
      That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem,
      Half of them toward the eastern sea
      And half of them toward the western sea;
      In both summer and winter it shall occur.
       9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.
      In that day it shall be—
      “ The LORD is one,”[b]
      And His name one. 10 All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. Jerusalem[c] shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.
       11 The people shall dwell in it;
      And no longer shall there be utter destruction,
      But Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. 12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:
      Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet,
      Their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets,
      And their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.
       13 It shall come to pass in that day
      That a great panic from the LORD will be among them.
      Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor,
      And raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand;
       14 Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.
      And the wealth of all the surrounding nations
      Shall be gathered together:
      Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.
       15 Such also shall be the plague
      On the horse and the mule,
      On the camel and the donkey,
      And on all the cattle that will be in those camps.
      So shall this plague be.

The Nations Worship the King

    16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the LORD strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 20 In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to the LORD of hosts.[d] Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

Footnotes:Zechariah 14:5 Or you; Septuagint, Targum, and Vulgate read Him. Zechariah 14:9 Compare Deuteronomy 6:4 Zechariah 14:10 Literally She Zechariah 14:21 Or on every pot . . . shall be (engraved) "HOLINESS TO THE LORD OF HOSTS"

Second Reading: Titus 2:7-3:15

7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,[a] 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.[b] 9 Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

Trained by Saving Grace
    11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. 15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.
Graces of the Heirs of Grace
 1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
Avoid Dissension
    9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. 10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.
Final Messages
    12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste, that they may lack nothing. 14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
    15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Footnotes:Titus 2:7 NU-Text omits incorruptibility. Titus 2:8 NU-Text and M-Text read us.


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