December 9th, 2018

Populus Zion (Advent 2)


Explanation of the Week

The Day on which our Lord will return is a "great and dreadful Day" (Mal 4:1-6). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will "burn them up." The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in. "Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Lk 21:25-36) Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness is bringing healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures (Rom 15:4-13) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus' coming. Then, by God's grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.

Introit

Antiphon:
Daughter of | Zion,*
     behold, surely your salvation is | coming.
The LORD will cause His glorious voice | to be heard,*
     and you shall have glad- | ness of heart. (Isaiah 30:29, 30; 62:11)

Psalm:Give ear, O Shepherd of | Israel,*
     You who lead Jacob | like a flock.
Restore | us, O God;*
     cause Your face to shine, and we | shall be saved!
Return, we beseech You, O | God of Hosts,*
     look down from heav- | en and see.
Let Your hand be upon the Man of Your | right hand,*
     upon the Son of Man whom You made strong | for Yourself. (Psalm 80:1, 3, 14, 17)

Collect (LSB)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine only-begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Excita Domine corda nostra ad praeparandas unigeniti tui vias, ut per eius adventum purificatis tibi mentibus serviamus, Qui cum Patre et Spiritu sancto vivis et regnas DEUS, per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Mal. 4:1-6


Final Admonition

 1"For behold, the day is coming, (A)burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be (B)chaff; and the day that is coming will (C)set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."

 2"But for you who [a]fear My name, the (D)sun of righteousness will rise with (E)healing in its wings; and you will go forth and (F)skip about like calves from the stall.

 3"You will (G)tread down the wicked, for they will be (H)ashes under the soles of your feet (I)on the day which I am preparing," says the LORD of hosts.

 4"(J)Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.

 5"Behold, I am going to send you (K)Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.

 6"He will (L)restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and (M)smite the land with a curse."

Footnotes:Malachi 4:2 Or revere
Cross references:Malachi 4:1 : Ps 21:9; Nah 1:5, 6; Mal 3:2, 3; 2 Pet 3:7 Malachi 4:1 : Is 5:24; Obad 18 Malachi 4:1 : Is 9:18, 19 Malachi 4:2 : 2 Sam 23:4; Is 30:26; 60:1 Malachi 4:2 : Jer 30:17; 33:6 Malachi 4:2 : Is 35:6 Malachi 4:3 : Job 40:12; Is 26:6; Mic 5:8 Malachi 4:3 : Ezek 28:18 Malachi 4:3 : Mal 3:17 Malachi 4:4 : Deut 4:23; 8:11, 19 Malachi 4:5 : Matt 11:14; 17:10-13; Mark 9:11-13; Luke 1:17; John 1:21 Malachi 4:6 : Luke 1:17 Malachi 4:6 : Is 11:4; Rev 19:15


Old Testament: Micah 4:1-7


Peaceful Latter Days

    1And it will come about in the (A)last days
         That the (B)mountain of the house of the LORD
         Will be established as the chief of the mountains
         It will be raised above the hills,
         And the (C)peoples will stream to it.
    2(D)Many nations will come and say,
         "(E)Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
         And to the house of the God of Jacob,
         That (F)He may teach us about His ways
         And that we may walk in His paths "
         For (G)from Zion will go forth the law,
         Even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
    3And He will (H)judge between many peoples
         And render decisions for mighty, distant nations
         Then they will hammer their swords (I)into plowshares
         And their spears into pruning hooks;
         Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
         And never again will they train for war.
    4Each of them will (J)sit under his vine
         And under his fig tree,
         With (K)no one to make them afraid,
         For the (L)mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
    5Though all the peoples walk
         Each in the (M)name of his god,
         As for us, (N)we will walk
         In the name of the (O)LORD our God forever and ever.
    6"In that day," declares the LORD,
         "I will assemble the (P)lame
         And (Q)gather the outcasts,
         Even those whom I have afflicted.
    7"I will make the lame a (R)remnant
         And the outcasts a strong nation,
         And the (S)LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion
         From now on and forever.

Cross references:Micah 4:1 : Is 2:2-4; Dan 2:28; 10:14; Hos 3:5 Micah 4:1 : Ezek 43:12; Mic 3:12; Zech 8:3 Micah 4:1 : Ps 22:27; 86:9; Jer 3:17 Micah 4:2 : Zech 2:11; 14:16 Micah 4:2 : Is 2:3; Jer 31:6 Micah 4:2 : Ps 25:8, 9, 12; Is 54:13 Micah 4:2 : Is 42:1-4; Zech 14:8, 9 Micah 4:3 : Is 2:4; 11:3-5 Micah 4:3 : Joel 3:10 Micah 4:4 : 1 Kin 4:25; Zech 3:10 Micah 4:4 : Lev 26:6; Jer 30:10 Micah 4:4 : Is 1:20; 40:5 Micah 4:5 : 2 Kin 17:29 Micah 4:5 : Zech 10:12 Micah 4:5 : Josh 24:15; Is 26:8, 13 Micah 4:6 : Zeph 3:19 Micah 4:6 : Ps 147:2; Ezek 34:13, 16; 37:21 Micah 4:7 : Mic 5:7, 8; 7:18 Micah 4:7 : Is 24:23


Gradual

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God | will shine forth:*
     our | God shall come.
Gather My saints together | unto Me,*
     those who have made a covenant with Me by | sacrifice. (Psalm 50:2–3a , 5)

Epistle: Rom. 15:4-13


 4For (A)whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

 5Now may the (B)God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you (C)to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,

 6so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify (D)the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 7Therefore, (E)accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

 8For I say that Christ has become a servant to (F)the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm (G)the promises given to the fathers,

 9and for (H)the Gentiles to (I)glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,
         "(J)THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,
         AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME."

 10Again he says,
         "(K)REJOICE, O GENTILES, WITH HIS PEOPLE."

 11And again,
         "(L)PRAISE THE LORD ALL YOU GENTILES,
         AND LET ALL THE PEOPLES PRAISE HIM."

 12Again Isaiah says,
         "(M)THERE SHALL COME (N)THE ROOT OF JESSE,
         AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES,
         (O)IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE."

 13Now may the God of hope fill you with all (P)joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope (Q)by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Cross references:Romans 15:4 : Rom 4:23; 2 Tim 3:16 Romans 15:5 : 2 Cor 1:3 Romans 15:5 : Rom 12:16 Romans 15:6 : Rev 1:6 Romans 15:7 : Rom 14:1 Romans 15:8 : Matt 15:24; Acts 3:26 Romans 15:8 : Rom 4:16; 2 Cor 1:20 Romans 15:9 : Rom 3:29; 11:30 Romans 15:9 : Matt 9:8 Romans 15:9 : 2 Sam 22:50; Ps 18:49 Romans 15:10 : Deut 32:43 Romans 15:11 : Ps 117:1 Romans 15:12 : Is 11:10 Romans 15:12 : Rev 5:5; 22:16 Romans 15:12 : Matt 12:21 Romans 15:13 : Rom 14:17 Romans 15:13 : Rom 15:19; 1 Cor 2:4; 1 Thess 1:5


Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
The powers of | heaven*
     will be | shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming | in a cloud*
     with power and great glory. Alle- | luia. (Luke 21:26–27)

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36


The Return of Christ

 25"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,

 26men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 27"(A)Then they will see (B)THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.

 28"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because (C)your redemption is drawing near."

 29Then He told them a parable: "Behold the fig tree and all the trees;

 30as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and (D)know for yourselves that summer is now near.

 31"So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that (E)the kingdom of God is near.

 32"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.

 33"(F)Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

 34"(G)Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

 35for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.

 36"But (H)keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to (I)stand before the Son of Man."

Cross references:Luke 21:27 : Matt 16:27; 24:30; 26:64; Mark 13:26 Luke 21:27 : Dan 7:13; Rev 1:7 Luke 21:28 : Luke 18:7 Luke 21:30 : Luke 12:57 Luke 21:31 : Matt 3:2 Luke 21:33 : Matt 5:18; Luke 16:17 Luke 21:34 : Matt 24:42-44; Mark 4:19; Luke 12:40, 45; 1 Thess 5:2-ff Luke 21:36 : Mark 13:33; Luke 12:40 Luke 21:36 : Luke 1:19; Rev 7:9; 8:2; 11:4


Offertory

Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, LORD, And grant us Your salvation. (Psalm 85)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 42


Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

BOOK 2

    1As the deer [a]pants for the water brooks,
         So my soul (A)pants for You, O God.
    2My soul (B)thirsts for God, for the (C)living God;
         When shall I come and (D)appear before God?
    3My (E)tears have been my food day and night,
         While they (F)say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
    4These things I remember and I (G)pour out my soul within me
         For I (H)used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
         With the voice of (I)joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
    5(J)Why are you (K)in despair, O my soul?
         And why have you become (L)disturbed within me?
         (M)Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
         For the (N)help of His presence.
    6O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
         Therefore I (O)remember You from (P)the land of the Jordan
         And the peaks of (Q)Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
    7Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
         All Your (R)breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
    8The LORD will (S)command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
         And His song will be with me (T)in the night,
         A prayer to (U)the God of my life.
    9I will say to God (V)my rock, "Why have You forgotten me?
         Why do I go (W)mourning because of the (X)oppression of the enemy?"
    10As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
         While they (Y)say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
    11(Z)Why are you in despair, O my soul?
         And why have you become disturbed within me?
         Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
         The help of my countenance and my God.

Footnotes:Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
Cross references:Psalm 42:1 : Ps 119:131 Psalm 42:2 : Ps 63:1; 84:2; 143:6 Psalm 42:2 : Josh 3:10; Ps 84:2; Jer 10:10; Dan 6:26; Matt 26:63; Rom 9:26; 1 Thess 1:9 Psalm 42:2 : Ex 23:17; Ps 43:4; 84:7 Psalm 42:3 : Ps 80:5; 102:9 Psalm 42:3 : Ps 79:10; 115:2; Joel 2:17; Mic 7:10 Psalm 42:4 : 1 Sam 1:15; Job 30:16; Ps 62:8; Lam 2:19 Psalm 42:4 : Ps 55:14; 122:1; Is 30:29 Psalm 42:4 : Ps 100:4 Psalm 42:5 : Ps 42:11; 43:5 Psalm 42:5 : Ps 38:6; Matt 26:38 Psalm 42:5 : Ps 77:3 Psalm 42:5 : Ps 71:14; Lam 3:24 Psalm 42:5 : Ps 44:3 Psalm 42:6 : Ps 61:2 Psalm 42:6 : 2 Sam 17:22 Psalm 42:6 : Deut 3:8 Psalm 42:7 : Ps 69:1, 2; 88:7; Jon 2:3 Psalm 42:8 : Ps 57:3; 133:3 Psalm 42:8 : Job 35:10; Ps 16:7; 63:6; 77:6; 149:5 Psalm 42:8 : Eccl 5:18; 8:15 Psalm 42:9 : Ps 18:2 Psalm 42:9 : Ps 38:6 Psalm 42:9 : Ps 17:9 Psalm 42:10 : Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17 Psalm 42:11 : Ps 42:5; 43:5


First Reading: Is. 26:1-19


Song of Trust in God's Protection
 1(A)In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
         "We have a (B)strong city;
         He sets up walls and ramparts for (C)security.
    2"Open the (D)gates, that the (E)righteous nation may enter,
         The one that remains faithful.
    3"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect (F)peace,
         Because he trusts in You.
    4"(G)Trust in the LORD forever,
         For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting (H)Rock.
    5"For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the (I)unassailable city;
         (J)He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.
    6"(K)The foot will trample it,
         The feet of the (L)afflicted, the steps of the helpless."
    7The (M)way of the righteous is smooth;
         O Upright One, (N)make the path of the righteous level.
    8Indeed, while following the way of (O)Your judgments, O LORD,
         We have waited for You eagerly;
         (P)Your name, even Your (Q)memory, is the desire of our souls.
    9(R)At night my soul longs for You,
         Indeed, my spirit within me (S)seeks You diligently;
         For when the earth experiences Your judgments
         The inhabitants of the world (T)learn righteousness.
    10Though the wicked is shown favor,
         He does not (U)learn righteousness;
         He (V)deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
         And does not perceive the majesty of the LORD.
    11O LORD, Your hand is lifted up yet they (W)do not see it
         They see (X)Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
         Indeed, (Y)fire will devour Your enemies.
    12LORD, You will establish (Z)peace for us,
         Since You have also performed for us all our works.
    13O LORD our God, (AA)other masters besides You have ruled us;
         But through You alone we (AB)confess Your name.
    14(AC)The dead will not live, the departed spirits will not rise;
         Therefore You have (AD)punished and destroyed them,
         And You have wiped out all remembrance of them.
    15(AE)You have increased the nation, O LORD,
         You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
         You have (AF)extended all the borders of the land.
    16O LORD, they sought You (AG)in distress;
         They could only whisper a prayer,
         Your chastening was upon them.
    17(AH)As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth,
         She writhes and cries out in her labor pains,
         Thus were we before You, O LORD.
    18We were pregnant, we writhed in labor,
         We (AI)gave birth, as it seems, only to wind
         We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth,
         Nor were (AJ)inhabitants of the world born.
    19Your (AK)dead will live;
         Their corpses will rise
         You who lie in the dust, (AL)awake and shout for joy,
         For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
         And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

Cross references:Isaiah 26:1 : Is 4:2; 12:1 Isaiah 26:1 : Is 14:31; 31:5, 9; 33:5, 6, 20-24 Isaiah 26:1 : Is 60:18 Isaiah 26:2 : Is 60:11, 18; 62:10 Isaiah 26:2 : Is 45:25; 54:14, 17; 58:8; 60:21; 61:3; 62:1, 2 Isaiah 26:3 : Is 26:12; 27:5; 57:19; 66:12 Isaiah 26:4 : Is 12:2; 50:10; 51:5 Isaiah 26:4 : Is 17:10; 30:29; 44:8 Isaiah 26:5 : Is 25:12 Isaiah 26:5 : Job 40:11-13 Isaiah 26:6 : Is 28:3 Isaiah 26:6 : Is 3:14, 15; 11:4; 29:19 Isaiah 26:7 : Is 57:2 Isaiah 26:7 : Ps 25:4, 5; 27:11; Is 42:16; 52:12 Isaiah 26:8 : Is 51:4; 56:1 Isaiah 26:8 : Is 12:4; 24:15; 25:1; 26:13 Isaiah 26:8 : Ex 3:15 Isaiah 26:9 : Ps 63:5, 6; 77:2; 119:62; Is 50:10; Luke 6:12 Isaiah 26:9 : Ps 63:1; 78:34; Matt 6:33 Isaiah 26:9 : Is 55:6; Hos 5:15 Isaiah 26:10 : Is 22:12, 13; 32:6, 7 Isaiah 26:10 : Hos 11:7; John 5:37, 38 Isaiah 26:11 : Is 44:9, 18 Isaiah 26:11 : Is 9:7; 37:32; 59:17 Isaiah 26:11 : Is 5:24; 9:18, 19; 10:17; 66:15, 24; Heb 10:27 Isaiah 26:12 : Is 26:3 Isaiah 26:13 : Is 2:8; 10:11 Isaiah 26:13 : Is 63:7 Isaiah 26:14 : Deut 4:28; Ps 135:17; Is 8:19; Hab 2:19 Isaiah 26:14 : Is 10:3 Isaiah 26:15 : Is 9:3 Isaiah 26:15 : Is 33:17; 54:2, 3 Isaiah 26:16 : Is 37:3; Hos 5:15 Isaiah 26:17 : Is 13:8; 21:3; John 16:21 Isaiah 26:18 : Is 33:11; 59:4 Isaiah 26:18 : Ps 17:14 Isaiah 26:19 : Is 25:8; Ezek 37:1-14; Dan 12:2; Hos 13:14 Isaiah 26:19 : Eph 5:14


Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 91


Security of the One Who Trusts in the LORD.

    1He who dwells in the (A)shelter of the Most High
         Will abide in the (B)shadow of the Almighty.
    2I will say to the LORD, "My (C)refuge and my (D)fortress,
         My God, in whom I (E)trust!"
    3For it is He who delivers you from the (F)snare of the trapper
         And from the deadly (G)pestilence.
    4He will (H)cover you with His pinions,
         And (I)under His wings you may seek refuge;
         His (J)faithfulness is a (K)shield and bulwark.
    5You (L)will not be afraid of the (M)terror by night,
         Or of the (N)arrow that flies by day;
    6Of the (O)pestilence that stalks in darkness,
         Or of the (P)destruction that lays waste at noon.
    7A thousand may fall at your side
         And ten thousand at your right hand,
         But (Q)it shall not approach you.
    8You will only look on with your eyes
         And (R)see the recompense of the wicked.
    9For you have made the LORD, (S)my refuge,
         Even the Most High, (T)your dwelling place.
    10(U)No evil will befall you,
         Nor will any plague come near your tent.
    11For He will give (V)His angels charge concerning you,
         To guard you in all your ways.
    12They will (W)bear you up in their hands,
         That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
    13You will (X)tread upon the lion and cobra,
         The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.
    14"(Y)Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
         I will (Z)set him securely on high, because he has (AA)known My name.
    15"He will (AB)call upon Me, and I will answer him;
         I will be with him in trouble;
         I will rescue him and (AC)honor him.
    16"With a (AD)long life I will satisfy him
         And (AE)let him see My salvation."

Cross references:Psalm 91:1 : Ps 27:5; 31:20; 32:7 Psalm 91:1 : Ps 17:8; 121:5; Is 25:4; 32:2 Psalm 91:2 : Ps 14:6; 91:9; 94:22; 142:5 Psalm 91:2 : Ps 18:2; 31:3; Jer 16:19 Psalm 91:2 : Ps 25:2; 56:4 Psalm 91:3 : Ps 124:7; Prov 6:5 Psalm 91:3 : 1 Kin 8:37; 2 Chr 20:9; Ps 91:6 Psalm 91:4 : Is 51:16 Psalm 91:4 : Ps 17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 63:7 Psalm 91:4 : Ps 40:11 Psalm 91:4 : Ps 35:2 Psalm 91:5 : Job 5:19-23; Ps 23:4; 27:1 Psalm 91:5 : Song 3:8 Psalm 91:5 : Ps 64:4 Psalm 91:6 : 2 Kin 19:35; Ps 91:10 Psalm 91:6 : Job 5:22 Psalm 91:7 : Gen 7:23; Josh 14:10 Psalm 91:8 : Ps 37:34; 58:10 Psalm 91:9 : Ps 91:2 Psalm 91:9 : Ps 90:1 Psalm 91:10 : Prov 12:21 Psalm 91:11 : Ps 34:7; Matt 4:6; Luke 4:10, 11; Heb 1:14 Psalm 91:12 : Matt 4:6; Luke 4:11 Psalm 91:13 : Judg 14:6; Dan 6:22; Luke 10:19 Psalm 91:14 : Ps 145:20 Psalm 91:14 : Ps 59:1 Psalm 91:14 : Ps 9:10 Psalm 91:15 : Job 12:4; Ps 50:15 Psalm 91:15 : 1 Sam 2:30; John 12:26 Psalm 91:16 : Deut 6:2; Ps 21:4; Prov 3:1, 2 Psalm 91:16 : Ps 50:23


Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-24


Children of God Love One Another
 1See (A)how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called (B)children of God; and such we are For this reason the world does not know us, because (C)it did not know Him.

 2(D)Beloved, now we are (E)children of God, and (F)it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He (G)appears, we will be (H)like Him, because we will (I)see Him just as He is.

 3And everyone who has this (J)hope fixed on Him (K)purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and (L)sin is lawlessness.

 5You know that He (M)appeared in order to (N)take away sins; and (O)in Him there is no sin.

 6No one who abides in Him (P)sins; no one who sins has seen Him or (Q)knows Him.

 7(R)Little children, make sure no one (S)deceives you; (T)the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

 8the one who practices sin is (U)of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning (V)The Son of God (W)appeared for this purpose, (X)to destroy the works of the devil.

 9No one who is (Y)born of God (Z)practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

 10By this the (AA)children of God and the (AB)children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who (AC)does not love his (AD)brother.

 11(AE)For this is the message (AF)which you have heard from the beginning, (AG)that we should love one another;

 12not as (AH)Cain, who was of (AI)the evil one and slew his brother And for what reason did he slay him? Because (AJ)his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.

 13Do not be surprised, brethren, if (AK)the world hates you.

 14We know that we have (AL)passed out of death into life, (AM)because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

 15Everyone who (AN)hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that (AO)no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

 16We know love by this, that (AP)He laid down His life for us; and (AQ)we ought to lay down our lives for the (AR)brethren.

 17But (AS)whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and (AT)closes his heart against him, (AU)how does the love of God abide in him?

 18(AV)Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and (AW)truth.

 19We will know by this that we are (AX)of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him

 20in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.

 21(AY)Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have (AZ)confidence before God;

 22and (BA)whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we (BB)keep His commandments and do (BC)the things that are pleasing in His sight.

 23This is His commandment, that we (BD)believe in (BE)the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as (BF)He commanded us.

 24The one who (BG)keeps His commandments (BH)abides in Him, and He in him (BI)We know by this that (BJ)He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Cross references:1 John 3:1 : John 3:16; 1 John 4:10 1 John 3:1 : John 1:12; 11:52; Rom 8:16; 1 John 3:2, 10 1 John 3:1 : John 15:18, 21; 16:3 1 John 3:2 : 1 John 2:7 1 John 3:2 : John 1:12; 11:52; Rom 8:16; 1 John 3:1, 10 1 John 3:2 : Rom 8:19, 23 1 John 3:2 : Luke 17:30; Col 3:4; 1 John 2:28 1 John 3:2 : Rom 8:29; 2 Pet 1:4 1 John 3:2 : John 17:24; 2 Cor 3:18 1 John 3:3 : Rom 15:12; 1 Pet 1:3 1 John 3:3 : John 17:19; 2 Cor 7:1 1 John 3:4 : Rom 4:15; 1 John 5:17 1 John 3:5 : 1 John 1:2; 3:8 1 John 3:5 : John 1:29; 1 Pet 1:18-20; 1 John 2:2 1 John 3:5 : 2 Cor 5:21; 1 John 2:29 1 John 3:6 : 1 John 3:9 1 John 3:6 : 1 John 2:3; 3 John 11 1 John 3:7 : 1 John 2:1 1 John 3:7 : 1 John 2:26 1 John 3:7 : 1 John 2:29 1 John 3:8 : Matt 13:38; John 8:44; 1 John 3:10 1 John 3:8 : Matt 4:3 1 John 3:8 : 1 John 3:5 1 John 3:8 : John 12:31; 16:11 1 John 3:9 : John 1:13; 3:3; 1 John 2:29; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18; 3 John 11 1 John 3:9 : 1 Pet 1:23; 1 John 3:6; 5:18 1 John 3:10 : John 1:12; 11:52; Rom 8:16; 1 John 3:1, 2 1 John 3:10 : Matt 13:38; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8 1 John 3:10 : Rom 13:8-ff; Col 3:14; 1 Tim 1:5; 1 John 4:8 1 John 3:10 : 1 John 2:9 1 John 3:11 : 1 John 1:5 1 John 3:11 : 1 John 2:7 1 John 3:11 : John 13:4; 15:12; 1 John 4:7, 11, 21; 2 John 5 1 John 3:12 : Gen 4:8 1 John 3:12 : Matt 5:37; 1 John 2:13 1 John 3:12 : Ps 38:20; Prov 29:10; John 8:40, 41 1 John 3:13 : John 15:18; 17:14 1 John 3:14 : John 5:24 1 John 3:14 : John 13:35; 1 John 2:10 1 John 3:15 : Matt 5:21; John 8:44 1 John 3:15 : Gal 5:20; Rev 21:8 1 John 3:16 : John 10:11; 15:13 1 John 3:16 : Phil 2:17; 1 Thess 2:8 1 John 3:16 : 1 John 2:9 1 John 3:17 : James 2:15 1 John 3:17 : Deut 15:7 1 John 3:17 : 1 John 4:20 1 John 3:18 : 1 John 2:1; 3:7 1 John 3:18 : 2 John 1; 3 John 1 1 John 3:19 : 1 John 2:21 1 John 3:21 : 1 John 3:2 1 John 3:21 : 1 John 2:28; 5:14 1 John 3:22 : Job 22:26; Matt 7:7; 21:22; John 9:31 1 John 3:22 : 1 John 2:3 1 John 3:22 : John 8:29; Heb 13:21 1 John 3:23 : John 6:29 1 John 3:23 : John 1:12; 2:23; 3:18 1 John 3:23 : John 13:34; 15:12; 1 John 2:8 1 John 3:24 : 1 John 2:3 1 John 3:24 : John 6:56; 10:38; 1 John 2:6, 24; 4:15 1 John 3:24 : John 14:17; Rom 8:9, 14, 16; 1 Thess 4:8; 1 John 4:13 1 John 3:24 : 1 John 2:5


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