December 5th, 2018

Wednesday of Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

First Reading: Is. 11:1-12:6

The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

 1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
      And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
       2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
      The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
      The Spirit of counsel and might,
      The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
       3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD,
      And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
      Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
       4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
      And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
      He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
      And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
       5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
      And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
       6 “ The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
      The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
      The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
      And a little child shall lead them.
       7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
      Their young ones shall lie down together;
      And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
       8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
      And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
       9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
      For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
      As the waters cover the sea.
       10 “ And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
      Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
      For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
      And His resting place shall be glorious.”
       11 It shall come to pass in that day
      That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time
      To recover the remnant of His people who are left,
      From Assyria and Egypt,
      From Pathros and Cush,
      From Elam and Shinar,
      From Hamath and the islands of the sea.
       12 He will set up a banner for the nations,
      And will assemble the outcasts of Israel,
      And gather together the dispersed of Judah
      From the four corners of the earth.
       13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart,
      And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off;
      Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
      And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
       14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west;
      Together they shall plunder the people of the East;
      They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab;
      And the people of Ammon shall obey them.
       15 The LORD will utterly destroy[a] the tongue of the Sea of Egypt;
      With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River,[b]
      And strike it in the seven streams,
      And make men cross over dryshod.
       16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people
      Who will be left from Assyria,
      As it was for Israel
      In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.

A Hymn of Praise

 1 And in that day you will say:
      “ O LORD, I will praise You;
      Though You were angry with me,
      Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
       2 Behold, God is my salvation,
      I will trust and not be afraid;
      ‘ For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song;
      He also has become my salvation.’”[c]
       3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
      From the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say:
      “ Praise the LORD, call upon His name;
      Declare His deeds among the peoples,
      Make mention that His name is exalted.
       5 Sing to the LORD,
      For He has done excellent things;
      This is known in all the earth.
       6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
      For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Footnotes:Isaiah 11:15 Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint, Syriac, and Targum read dry up. Isaiah 11:15 That is, the Euphrates Isaiah 12:2 Exodus 15:2

Second Reading: 2 Pt. 2:1-22

Destructive Doctrines

 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does[a] not slumber.

Doom of False Teachers

    4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

Depravity of False Teachers

    12 But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, 13 and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. 15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds[b] carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.[c]

Deceptions of False Teachers

    18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped[d] from those who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,”[e] and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Footnotes:2 Peter 2:3 M-Text reads will not. 2 Peter 2:17 NU-Text reads and mists. 2 Peter 2:17 NU-Text omits forever. 2 Peter 2:18 NU-Text reads are barely escaping. 2 Peter 2:22 Proverbs 26:11


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