December 10th, 2018

Monday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Is. 26:20-27:13

 20Come, my people, enter your chambers,
   and shut your doors behind you;hide yourselves(A) for a little while
   until the fury has passed by. 21(B) For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place
   to punish the inhabitants of(C) the earth for their iniquity,and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,
   and will no more cover its slain.

The Redemption of Israel
 1In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong(D) sword will punish(E) Leviathan the fleeing serpent,(F) Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
 2In that day,(G) "A pleasant vineyard,[a](H) sing of it!
 3I, the LORD, am its keeper;
   every moment I water it.
   Lest anyone punish it,I keep it night and day;
 4I have no wrath.(I) Would that I had thorns and briers to battle!
   I would march against them,
   I would burn them up together. 5Or let them lay hold of my protection,
   let them make peace with me,
   let them make peace with me."

 6(J) In days to come[b] Jacob shall take root,
   Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots
   and fill the whole world with fruit.

 7(K) Has he struck them(L) as he struck those who struck them?
   Or have they been slain(M) as their slayers were slain? 8(N) Measure by measure,[c] by exile you contended with them;
   (O) he removed them with his fierce breath[d] in the day of the east wind. 9Therefore by this(P) the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for,
   and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:[e](Q) when he makes all the stones of the altars
   like chalkstones crushed to pieces,
   no(R) Asherim or incense altars will remain standing. 10(S) For the fortified city is solitary,
   a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness;there the calf grazes;
   there it lies down and strips its branches. 11When its boughs are dry, they are broken;
   women come and make a fire of them.(T) For this is a people without discernment;
   therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;
   he who formed them will show them no favor.

 12In that day(U) from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the LORD will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. 13And in that day(V) a great trumpet will be blown,(W) and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt(X) will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Second Reading · 1 John 4:1-21

Test the Spirits

 1Beloved,(A) do not believe every spirit, but(B) test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for(C) many(D) false prophets(E) have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God:(F) every spirit that confesses that(G) Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit(H) that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and(I) now is in the world already. 4Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for(J) he who is in you is greater than(K) he who is in the world. 5(L) They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and(M) the world listens to them. 6We are from God.(N) Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know(O) the Spirit of truth and(P) the spirit of error.

God Is Love

 7Beloved,(Q) let us love one another, for love is from God, and(R) whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8(S) Anyone who does not love does not know God, because(T) God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that(U) God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love,(V) not that we have loved God(W) but that he loved us and sent his Son to be(X) the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12(Y) No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and(Z) his love is perfected in us.

 13(AA) By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And(AB) we have seen and testify that(AC) the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of(AD) the world. 15(AE) Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So(AF) we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.(AG) God is love, and(AH) whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this(AI) is love perfected with us, so that(AJ) we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because(AK) as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but(AL) perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not(AM) been perfected in love. 19(AN) We love because he first loved us. 20(AO) If anyone says, "I love God," and(AP) hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God(AQ) whom he has not seen. 21And(AR) this commandment we have from him:(AS) whoever loves God must also love his brother.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.



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