September 25th, 2018

Tuesday of Trinity 17


First Reading: Mal. 1:1-14


God's Love for Jacob

 1The (A)oracle of the word of the LORD to (B)Israel through Malachi.

 2"I have (C)loved you," says the LORD But you say, "How have You loved us?" "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD "Yet I (D)have loved Jacob;

 3but I have hated Esau, and I have (E)made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness."

 4Though Edom says, "We have been (F)beaten down, but we will (G)return and build up the ruins"; thus says the LORD of hosts, "They may (H)build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the LORD is indignant (I)forever."

 5Your eyes will see this and you will say, "(J)The LORD be magnified beyond the border of Israel!"

Sin of the Priests

 6" 'A son (K)honors his father, and a servant his master Then if I am a (L)father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?' says the LORD of hosts to you, O (M)priests who despise My name. But you say, 'How have we despised Your name?'

 7"You are presenting (N)defiled (O)food upon My altar But you say, 'How have we defiled You?' In that you say, 'The (P)table of the LORD is to be despised.'

 8"But when you present the (Q)blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your (R)governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?" says the LORD of hosts.

 9"But now will you not (S)entreat God's favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He (T)receive any of you kindly?" says the LORD of hosts.

 10"Oh that there were one among you who would (U)shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you," says the LORD of hosts, "(V)nor will I accept an offering from you.

 11"For from the (W)rising of the sun even to its setting, (X)My name will be (Y)great among the nations, and in every place (Z)incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be (AA)great among the nations," says the LORD of hosts.

 12"But you are (AB)profaning it, in that you say, 'The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.'

 13"You also say, 'My, how (AC)tiresome it is!' And you disdainfully sniff at it," says the LORD of hosts, "and you bring what was taken by (AD)robbery and what is (AE)lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I (AF)receive that from your hand?" says the LORD.

 14"But cursed be the (AG)swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a (AH)blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great (AI)King," says the LORD of hosts, "and My name is (AJ)feared among the nations."

Cross references:Malachi 1:1 : Is 13:1; Nah 1:1; Hab 1:1; Zech 9:1 Malachi 1:1 : Mal 2:11 Malachi 1:2 : Deut 4:37; 7:8; 23:5; Is 41:8, 9; Jer 31:3; John 15:12 Malachi 1:2 : Rom 9:13 Malachi 1:3 : Jer 49:10, 16-18; Ezek 35:3, 4, 7, 8, 15 Malachi 1:4 : Jer 5:17 Malachi 1:4 : Is 9:9, 10 Malachi 1:4 : Amos 3:15; 5:11; 6:11 Malachi 1:4 : Ezek 35:9; Obad 10 Malachi 1:5 : Ps 35:27; Mic 5:4 Malachi 1:6 : Ex 20:12; Prov 30:11, 17 Malachi 1:6 : Deut 1:31; Is 1:2; Jer 3:4; Mal 2:10 Malachi 1:6 : Zeph 3:4; Mal 2:1-9 Malachi 1:7 : Mal 1:8, 13 Malachi 1:7 : Lev 3:11; 21:6, 8 Malachi 1:7 : Mal 1:12 Malachi 1:8 : Lev 22:22; Deut 15:21 Malachi 1:8 : Hag 1:1 Malachi 1:9 : Jer 27:18; Joel 2:12-14 Malachi 1:9 : Amos 5:22 Malachi 1:10 : Is 1:13 Malachi 1:10 : Jer 14:10, 12; Hos 5:6 Malachi 1:11 : Is 45:6 Malachi 1:11 : Ps 111:9 Malachi 1:11 : Is 66:18, 19 Malachi 1:11 : Is 60:6 Malachi 1:11 : Is 12:4, 5; 54:5; Jer 10:6, 7 Malachi 1:12 : Mal 1:7 Malachi 1:13 : Is 43:22 Malachi 1:13 : Lev 6:4; Is 61:8 Malachi 1:13 : Mal 1:8 Malachi 1:13 : Mal 1:10 Malachi 1:14 : Acts 5:1-4 Malachi 1:14 : Lev 22:18-20 Malachi 1:14 : Zech 14:9 Malachi 1:14 : Zeph 2:11


Second Reading: Matt. 3:1-17


The Preaching of John the Baptist

 1Now (A)in those days (B)John the Baptist came, preaching in the (C)wilderness of Judea, saying,

 2"(D)Repent, for (E)the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

 3For this is the (F)one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said,
         "(G)THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
         '(H)MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD,
         MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'"

 4Now John himself had (I)a garment of camel's hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was (J)locusts and wild honey.

 5Then Jerusalem (K)was going out to him, and all Judea and all (L)the district around the Jordan;

 6and they were being (M)baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.

 7But when he saw many of the (N)Pharisees and (O)Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You (P)brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from (Q)the wrath to come?

 8"(R)Therefore bear fruit (S)in keeping with repentance;

 9and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, '(T)We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

 10"The (U)axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore (V)every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

 11"As for me, (W)I baptize you [a]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; (X)He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

 12"His (Y)winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will (Z)gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the (AA)chaff with (AB)unquenchable fire."

The Baptism of Jesus

 13(AC)Then Jesus arrived (AD)from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.

 14But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?"

 15But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us (AE)to fulfill all righteousness." Then he permitted Him.

 16After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and (AF)he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,

 17and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "(AG)This is [b]My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."

Footnotes:Matthew 3:11 The Gr here can be translated in, with or by Matthew 3:17 Or My Son, the Beloved
Cross references:Matthew 3:1 : Mark 1:3-8; Luke 3:2-17; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Matthew 3:1 : Matt 11:11-14; 16:14 Matthew 3:1 : Josh 15:61; Judg 1:16 Matthew 3:2 : Matt 4:17 Matthew 3:2 : Dan 2:44; Matt 4:17, 23; 6:10; 10:7; Mark 1:15; Luke 10:9; 11:20; 21:31 Matthew 3:3 : Luke 1:17, 76 Matthew 3:3 : Is 40:3 Matthew 3:3 : John 1:23 Matthew 3:4 : 2 Kin 1:8; Zech 13:4; Matt 11:8; Mark 1:6 Matthew 3:4 : Lev 11:22 Matthew 3:5 : Mark 1:5 Matthew 3:5 : Luke 3:3 Matthew 3:6 : Matt 3:11, 13-16; Mark 1:5; John 1:25, 26; 3:23; Acts 1:5; 2:38-41; 10:37 Matthew 3:7 : Matt 16:1-ff; 23:13, 15 Matthew 3:7 : Matt 22:23; Acts 4:1; 5:17; 23:6-ff Matthew 3:7 : Matt 12:34; 23:33 Matthew 3:7 : 1 Thess 1:10 Matthew 3:8 : Luke 3:8; Eph 5:8, 9 Matthew 3:8 : Acts 26:20 Matthew 3:9 : Luke 3:8; 16:24; John 8:33, 39, 53; Acts 13:26; Rom 4:1; 9:7, 8; Gal 3:29 Matthew 3:10 : Luke 3:9 Matthew 3:10 : Ps 92:12-14; Matt 7:19; John 15:2 Matthew 3:11 : Mark 1:4, 8; Luke 3:16; John 1:26; Acts 1:5; 8:36, 38; 11:16 Matthew 3:11 : John 1:33; Acts 2:3, 4; Titus 3:5 Matthew 3:12 : Is 30:24; 41:16; Jer 15:7; 51:2; Luke 3:17 Matthew 3:12 : Matt 13:30 Matthew 3:12 : Ps 1:4 Matthew 3:12 : Is 66:24; Jer 7:20; Matt 13:41, 42; Mark 9:43, 48 Matthew 3:13 : Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21, 22; John 1:31-34 Matthew 3:13 : Matt 2:22 Matthew 3:15 : Ps 40:7, 8; John 4:34; 8:29 Matthew 3:16 : Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32; Acts 7:56 Matthew 3:17 : Ps 2:7; Is 42:1; Matt 12:18; 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35; John 12:28


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