December 6th, 2018

Nicholas of Myra, Pastor


First Reading: Is. 14:1-12


The Restoration of Jacob

 1(A) For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and(B) will set them in their own land, and(C) sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2And(D) the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the LORD’s land(E) as male and female slaves.(F) They will take captive those who were their captors,(G) and rule over those who oppressed them.

Israel’s Remnant Taunts Babylon

 3When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, 4you will take up this(H) taunt against the king of Babylon:
   "How the oppressor has ceased,
   (I) the insolent fury[a] ceased! 5The LORD has broken the(J) staff of the wicked,
   the scepter of rulers, 6(K) that struck the peoples in wrath
   with unceasing blows,that ruled the nations in anger
   with unrelenting persecution. 7The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
   (L) they break forth into singing. 8(M) (N) The cypresses rejoice at you,
   (O) the cedars of Lebanon, saying,'Since you were laid low,
   no woodcutter comes up against us.' 9Sheol beneath is stirred up
   to meet you when you come;it rouses the shades to greet you,
   all who were leaders of the earth;it raises from their thrones
   all who were kings of the nations. 10(P) All of them will answer
   and say to you:'You too have become as weak as we!
   You have become like us!' 11Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
   the sound of your harps;maggots are laid as a bed beneath you,
   and worms are your covers.

 12"How(Q) you are fallen from heaven,
   O Day Star,(R) son of Dawn!How you are cut down to the ground,
   you who laid the nations low!

Footnotes:Isaiah 14:4 Dead Sea Scroll (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain
Cross references:Isaiah 14:1 : Psalm 102:13; Zech 1:17 Isaiah 14:1 : 2 Chr 36:22, 23 Isaiah 14:1 : Zech 8:22, 23; Eph 2:12-14 Isaiah 14:2 : Isaiah 49:22; 60:9; 66:20 Isaiah 14:2 : Isaiah 61:5 Isaiah 14:2 : Joel 3:8 Isaiah 14:2 : Isaiah 60:14 Isaiah 14:4 : Mic 2:4; Hab 2:6 Isaiah 14:4 : Jer 51:13; Rev 18:16 Isaiah 14:5 : Isaiah 9:4 Isaiah 14:6 : Jer 50:23 Isaiah 14:7 : Isaiah 44:23; 49:13; 54:1; 55:12 Isaiah 14:8 : Ezek 31:16 Isaiah 14:8 : Isaiah 37:24 Isaiah 14:8 : Isaiah 2:13 Isaiah 14:10 : Jer 51:48 Isaiah 14:12 : Isaiah 24:21; 34:3 Isaiah 14:12 : Job 38:7


Second Reading: 2 Pt. 3:1-18


The Day of the Lord Will Come

 1This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them(A) I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2(B) that you should remember the predictions of(C) the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come(D) in the last days with scoffing,(E) following their own sinful desires. 4(F) They will say, "Where is the promise of(G) his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation." 5For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth(H) was formed out of water and through water(I) by the word of God, 6and that by means of these the world that then existed(J) was deluged with water and(K) perished. 7But by the same word(L) the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and(M) destruction of the ungodly.

 8But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and(N) a thousand years as one day. 9(O) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise(P) as some count slowness, but(Q) is patient toward you,[a](R) not wishing that any should perish, but(S) that all should reach repentance. 10But(T) the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then(U) the heavens will pass away with a roar, and(V) the heavenly bodies[b] will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.[c]

 11Since all these things are thus to be dissolved,(W) what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12(X) waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and(Y) the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for(Z) new heavens and a new earth(AA) in which righteousness dwells.

Final Words

 14(AB) Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him(AC) without spot or(AD) blemish, and(AE) at peace. 15And count(AF) the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as(AG) our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you(AH) according to the wisdom given him, 16as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters.(AI) There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction,(AJ) as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved,(AK) knowing this beforehand,(AL) take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But(AM) grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(AN) To him be the glory both now and to the day of(AO) eternity. Amen.

Footnotes:2 Peter 3:9 Some manuscripts on your account 2 Peter 3:10 Or elements; also verse 12 2 Peter 3:10 Greek found; some manuscripts will be burned up
Cross references:2 Peter 3:1 : 2 Peter 1:13 2 Peter 3:2 : Jude 17 2 Peter 3:2 : Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21 2 Peter 3:3 : Jude 18 2 Peter 3:3 : 2 Peter 2:10 2 Peter 3:4 : Isa 5:19; Jer 17:15; Ezek 11:3; 12:22, 27; Mal 2:17 2 Peter 3:4 : 1 Thess 2:19 2 Peter 3:5 : Psalm 24:2; 136:6 2 Peter 3:5 : Gen 1:6, 9; Psalm 33:6; Heb 11:3 2 Peter 3:6 : 2 Peter 2:5 2 Peter 3:6 : Gen 7:11, 21 2 Peter 3:7 : 2 Peter 3:10, 12 2 Peter 3:7 : 2 Thess 1:9 2 Peter 3:8 : Psalm 90:4 2 Peter 3:9 : Hab 2:3; Heb 10:37 2 Peter 3:9 : Eccles 8:11; Rev 2:21 2 Peter 3:9 : Isa 30:18; Luke 18:7 2 Peter 3:9 : Ezek 18:23, 32; 33:11 2 Peter 3:9 : 1 Tim 2:4 2 Peter 3:10 : Matt 24:43 2 Peter 3:10 : Rev 6:14; 20:11; 21:1; Matt 24:35 2 Peter 3:10 : Isa 34:4; Isa 24:19; Mic 1:4; Nah 1:5 2 Peter 3:11 : 1 Pet 1:15 2 Peter 3:12 : Luke 12:36; 1 Cor 1:7; 1 Thess 1:10; Titus 2:13; Jude 21 2 Peter 3:12 : 2 Peter 3:10 2 Peter 3:13 : Isa 65:17; 66:22; Rev 21:1 2 Peter 3:13 : Isa 60:21; Rev 21:27 2 Peter 3:14 : 1 Cor 15:58 2 Peter 3:14 : James 1:27 2 Peter 3:14 : Phil 2:15; Phil 1:10; 1 Thess 3:13 2 Peter 3:14 : 1 Thess 5:23 2 Peter 3:15 : 2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:15 : Acts 15:25 2 Peter 3:15 : 1 Cor 3:10 2 Peter 3:16 : Heb 5:11 2 Peter 3:16 : Isa 28:13 2 Peter 3:17 : 2 Peter 1:12; Mark 13:23 2 Peter 3:17 : 2 Peter 1:10; 1 Cor 10:12 2 Peter 3:18 : 2 Peter 1:5; Eph 4:15; Col 1:10; 2:19; 1 Pet 2:2 2 Peter 3:18 : Rom 11:36 2 Peter 3:18 : 2 Peter 3:8


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