November 10th, 2018

Saturday of Trinity 24

First Reading: Jer. 23:1-20

The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

 1"(A)Woe to the shepherds who are (B)destroying and scattering the (C)sheep of My pasture!" declares the LORD.

 2Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to (D)attend to you for the (E)evil of your deeds," declares the LORD.

 3"Then I Myself will (F)gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.

 4"I will also raise up (G)shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will (H)not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, (I)nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.
    5"Behold, the (J)days are coming," declares the LORD,
         "When I will raise up for David a righteous (K)Branch;
         And He will (L)reign as king and act wisely
         And (M)do justice and righteousness in the land.
    6"In His days Judah will be saved,
         And (N)Israel will dwell securely;
         And this is His (O)name by which He will be called,
         'The (P)LORD our righteousness.'

 7"(Q)Therefore behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when they will no longer say, 'As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,'

 8(R)but, 'As the LORD lives, who (S)brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.' Then they will live on their own soil."

False Prophets Denounced

    9As for the prophets:
         My (T)heart is broken within me,
         All my bones tremble;
         I have become like a drunken man,
         Even like a man overcome with wine,
         Because of the LORD
         And because of His holy words.
    10For the land is full of (U)adulterers;
         For the land (V)mourns because of the curse
         The (W)pastures of the wilderness have dried up.
         Their course also is evil
         And their might is not right.
    11"For (X)both prophet and priest are polluted;
         Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD.
    12"Therefore their way will be like (Y)slippery paths to them,
         They will be driven away into the (Z)gloom and fall down in it;
         For I will bring (AA)calamity upon them,
         The year of their punishment," declares the LORD.
    13"Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an (AB)offensive thing:
         They (AC)prophesied by Baal and (AD)led My people Israel astray.
    14"Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a (AE)horrible thing:
         The committing of (AF)adultery and walking in falsehood;
         And they strengthen the hands of (AG)evildoers,
         So that no one has turned back from his wickedness
         All of them have become to Me like (AH)Sodom,
         And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

 15"Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets,
         'Behold, I am going to (AI)feed them wormwood
         And make them drink poisonous water,
         For from the prophets of Jerusalem
         Pollution has gone forth into all the land.'"
    16Thus says the LORD of hosts,
         "(AJ)Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you
         They are (AK)leading you into futility;
         They speak a (AL)vision of their own imagination,
         Not (AM)from the mouth of the LORD.
    17"They keep saying to those who (AN)despise Me,
         'The LORD has said, "(AO)You will have peace"';
         And as for everyone who walks in the (AP)stubbornness of his own heart,
         They say, '(AQ)Calamity will not come upon you.'
    18"But (AR)who has stood in the council of the LORD,
         That he should see and hear His word?
         Who has given (AS)heed to His word and listened?
    19"Behold, the (AT)storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath,
         Even a whirling tempest;
         It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
    20"The (AU)anger of the LORD will not turn back
         Until He has (AV)performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
         (AW)In the last days you will clearly understand it.

Cross references:Jeremiah 23:1 : Ezek 13:3; 34:2; Zech 11:17 Jeremiah 23:1 : Is 56:9-12; Jer 10:21; 50:6 Jeremiah 23:1 : Ezek 34:31 Jeremiah 23:2 : Ex 32:34 Jeremiah 23:2 : Jer 21:12; 44:22 Jeremiah 23:3 : Is 11:11, 12, 16; Jer 31:7, 8; 32:37 Jeremiah 23:4 : Jer 3:15; 31:10; Ezek 34:23 Jeremiah 23:4 : Jer 30:10; 46:27, 28 Jeremiah 23:4 : John 6:39; 10:28; 1 Pet 1:5 Jeremiah 23:5 : Jer 33:14 Jeremiah 23:5 : Is 4:2; 11:1-5; 53:2; Jer 30:9; 33:15, 16; Zech 3:8; 6:12, 13 Jeremiah 23:5 : Is 9:7; 52:13; Luke 1:32, 33 Jeremiah 23:5 : Ps 72:2; Is 9:7; 32:1; Dan 9:24 Jeremiah 23:6 : Deut 33:28; Jer 30:10; Zech 14:11 Jeremiah 23:6 : Is 7:14; 9:6; Matt 1:21-23 Jeremiah 23:6 : Is 45:24; Jer 33:16; Dan 9:24; Rom 3:22; 1 Cor 1:30 Jeremiah 23:7 : Is 43:18, 19; Jer 16:14, 15 Jeremiah 23:8 : Jer 16:15 Jeremiah 23:8 : Is 43:5, 6; Ezek 34:13; Amos 9:14, 15 Jeremiah 23:9 : Jer 8:18; Hab 3:16 Jeremiah 23:10 : Jer 9:2; Hos 4:2, 3; Mal 3:5 Jeremiah 23:10 : Jer 12:4 Jeremiah 23:10 : Ps 107:34; Jer 9:10 Jeremiah 23:11 : Jer 6:13; Zeph 3:4 Jeremiah 23:12 : Ps 35:6; Prov 4:19; Jer 13:16 Jeremiah 23:12 : Is 8:22; John 12:35 Jeremiah 23:12 : Jer 11:23 Jeremiah 23:13 : Hos 9:7, 8 Jeremiah 23:13 : 1 Kin 18:18-21; Jer 2:8; 23:32 Jeremiah 23:13 : Is 9:16 Jeremiah 23:14 : Jer 5:30 Jeremiah 23:14 : Jer 29:23 Jeremiah 23:14 : Jer 23:22; Ezek 13:22, 23 Jeremiah 23:14 : Gen 18:20; Deut 32:32; Is 1:9, 10; Jer 20:16; 49:18; Matt 11:24 Jeremiah 23:15 : Deut 29:18; Jer 8:14; 9:15 Jeremiah 23:16 : Jer 27:9, 10, 14-17; 1 John 4:1 Jeremiah 23:16 : Matt 7:15; 2 Cor 11:13-15; Gal 1:8, 9 Jeremiah 23:16 : Jer 14:14; Ezek 13:3, 6 Jeremiah 23:16 : Jer 9:12, 20 Jeremiah 23:17 : Mic 2:11 Jeremiah 23:17 : Jer 8:11; Ezek 13:10 Jeremiah 23:17 : Jer 13:10; 18:12 Jeremiah 23:17 : Jer 5:12; Amos 9:10; Mic 3:11 Jeremiah 23:18 : Job 15:8, 9; Jer 23:22; 1 Cor 2:16 Jeremiah 23:18 : Job 33:31 Jeremiah 23:19 : Jer 25:32; 30:23; Amos 1:14 Jeremiah 23:20 : 2 Kin 23:26, 27; Jer 30:24 Jeremiah 23:20 : Is 55:11; Zech 1:6 Jeremiah 23:20 : Gen 49:1

Second Reading: Matt. 25:14-30

Parable of the Talents

 14"(A)For it is just like a man (B)about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.

 15"To one he gave five (C)talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he (D)went on his journey.

 16"Immediately the one who had received the five (E)talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.

 17"In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.

 18"But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

 19"Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and (F)settled accounts with them.

 20"The one who had received the five (G)talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'

 21"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and (H)faithful slave You were faithful with a few things, I will (I)put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

 22"Also the one who had received the two (J)talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'

 23"His master said to him, 'Well done, good and (K)faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

 24"And the one also who had received the one (L)talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.

 25'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'

 26"But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.

 27'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.

 28'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'

 29"(M)For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

 30"Throw out the worthless slave into (N)the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Cross references:Matthew 25:14 : Matt 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27 Matthew 25:14 : Matt 21:33 Matthew 25:15 : Matt 18:24; Luke 19:13 Matthew 25:15 : Matt 21:33 Matthew 25:16 : Matt 18:24; Luke 19:13 Matthew 25:19 : Matt 18:23 Matthew 25:20 : Matt 18:24; Luke 19:13 Matthew 25:21 : Matt 24:45, 47; 25:23 Matthew 25:21 : Luke 12:44; 22:29; Rev 3:21; 21:7 Matthew 25:22 : Matt 18:24; Luke 19:13 Matthew 25:23 : Matt 24:45, 47; 25:21 Matthew 25:24 : Matt 18:24; Luke 19:13 Matthew 25:29 : Matt 13:12; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18; John 15:2 Matthew 25:30 : Matt 8:12; 22:13; Luke 13:28


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