December 14th, 2018

Friday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)

First Reading: Is. 30:15-26

 15For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,"In(A) returning[a] and(B) rest you shall be saved;
   in quietness and in trust shall be your strength."But you were unwilling, 16and you said,"No! We will flee upon(C) horses";
   therefore you shall flee away;and, "We will ride upon swift steeds";
   therefore your pursuers shall be swift. 17(D) A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
   at the threat of five you shall flee,till you are left
   like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
   like a signal on a hill.

The LORD Will Be Gracious
 18Therefore the LORD(E) waits to be gracious to you,
   and therefore he(F) exalts himself to show mercy to you.For the LORD is a God of justice;
   (G) blessed are all those who wait for him.

 19For a people shall dwell(H) in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. 20And though the Lord give you the(I) bread of adversity and the(J) water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21(K) And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is(L) the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. 22Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images.(M) You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, "Be gone!"

 23(N) And he will give(O) rain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous.(P) In that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, 24and(Q) the oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25And(R) on every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter,(S) when the towers fall. 26(T) Moreover, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when(U) the LORD binds up(V) the brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.

Footnotes:Isaiah 30:15 Or repentance
Cross references:Isaiah 30:15 : Hos 14:1 Isaiah 30:15 : Exodus 14:14 Isaiah 30:16 : Isaiah 31:1, 3; Hos 14:3 Isaiah 30:17 : Lev 26:8; Deut 32:30 Isaiah 30:18 : Hab 2:3 Isaiah 30:18 : Isaiah 5:16 Isaiah 30:18 : Psalm 2:12; 34:8; Prov 16:20; Jer 17:7 Isaiah 30:19 : Isaiah 14:32 Isaiah 30:20 : 1 Kgs 22:27; Psalm 127:2; Ezek 4:10, 11 Isaiah 30:20 : Isaiah 3:1, 2 Isaiah 30:21 : Jer 31:33, 34 Isaiah 30:21 : Isaiah 35:8; Acts 9:2 Isaiah 30:22 : Isaiah 2:20; 31:7; Hos 14:8 Isaiah 30:23 : Isaiah 32:20; Psalm 144:13, 14 Isaiah 30:23 : Jer 5:24 Isaiah 30:23 : Psalm 65:13 Isaiah 30:24 : Gen 45:6 Isaiah 30:25 : Isaiah 33:21; Psalm 107:35; Joel 3:18 Isaiah 30:25 : Isaiah 32:19; Isaiah 2:15 Isaiah 30:26 : Isaiah 60:19, 20 Isaiah 30:26 : Hos 6:1 Isaiah 30:26 : Isaiah 1:5, 6

Second Reading: Rev. 2:1-29

To the Church in Ephesus

 1"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: 'The words of(A) him who holds the seven stars in his right hand,(B) who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

 2(C) "'I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but(D) have tested those(E) who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up(F) for my name’s sake, and you(G) have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned(H) the love you had at first. 5Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do(I) the works you did at first. If not,(J) I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet this you have: you hate the works of(K) the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7(L) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.(M) To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of(N) the tree of life, which is in(O) the paradise of God.'

To the Church in Smyrna

 8"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: 'The words of(P) the first and the last,(Q) who died and came to life.

 9"'I know your tribulation and(R) your poverty ((S) but you are rich) and the slander[a] of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison,(T) that you may be tested, and for(U) ten days(V) you will have tribulation.(W) Be faithful(X) unto death, and I will give you(Y) the crown of life. 11(Z) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.(AA) The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.'

To the Church in Pergamum

 12"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: 'The words of him who has(AB) the sharp two-edged sword.

 13"'I know where you dwell,(AC) where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not(AD) deny my faith[b] even in the days of Antipas(AE) my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of(AF) Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might(AG) eat food sacrificed to idols and(AH) practice sexual immorality. 15So also you have some who hold the teaching of(AI) the Nicolaitans. 16Therefore repent. If not,(AJ) I will come to you soon and(AK) war against them with(AL) the sword of my mouth. 17(AM) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.(AN) To the one who conquers I will give some of(AO) the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with(AP) a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.'

To the Church in Thyatira

 18"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: 'The words of the Son of God,(AQ) who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

 19(AR) "'I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman(AS) Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants[c](AT) to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21I gave her time to repent, but(AU) she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he(AV) who searches mind and heart, and(AW) I will give to each of you according to your works. 24But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call(AX) the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I(AY) do not lay on you any other burden. 25Only hold fast(AZ) what you have until I come. 26(BA) The one who conquers and who keeps my works(BB) until the end,(BC) to him I will give authority over the nations, 27and(BD) he will(BE) rule them with a rod of iron,(BF) as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28And I will give him(BG) the morning star. 29(BH) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

Footnotes:Revelation 2:9 Greek blasphemy Revelation 2:13 Or your faith in me Revelation 2:20 Greek bondservants
Cross references:Revelation 2:1 : Revelation 1:16, 20 Revelation 2:1 : Revelation 1:13 Revelation 2:2 : Revelation 2:19; Revelation 3:1, 8, 15 Revelation 2:2 : 1 John 4:1 Revelation 2:2 : 2 Cor 11:13 Revelation 2:3 : John 15:21 Revelation 2:3 : Heb 12:3, 5 Revelation 2:4 : Jer 2:2 Revelation 2:5 : Revelation 2:2; Heb 10:32 Revelation 2:5 : Revelation 3:3, 19 Revelation 2:6 : Revelation 2:15 Revelation 2:7 : Revelation 2:11, 17, 29; Revelation 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9 Revelation 2:7 : Revelation 3:5; 21:7 Revelation 2:7 : Gen 2:9 Revelation 2:7 : Ezek 28:13; 31:8 (Gk) Revelation 2:8 : Revelation 1:17 Revelation 2:8 : Revelation 1:18 Revelation 2:9 : James 2:5; 1 Tim 6:18; Heb 10:34; 11:26 Revelation 2:9 : Revelation 3:9, 10 Revelation 2:10 : Revelation 2:9 Revelation 2:10 : Gen 24:55; Dan 1:12, 14 Revelation 2:10 : Matt 24:9 Revelation 2:10 : Matt 10:22; Heb 3:6 Revelation 2:10 : Revelation 12:11 Revelation 2:10 : James 1:12 Revelation 2:11 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 2:11 : Revelation 20:6, 14; 21:8 Revelation 2:12 : Revelation 2:16; Revelation 1:16 Revelation 2:13 : Revelation 2:9 Revelation 2:13 : 1 Tim 5:8 Revelation 2:13 : Acts 22:20 Revelation 2:14 : 2 Pet 2:15 Revelation 2:14 : Revelation 2:20; Acts 15:29; 1 Cor 8:10; 10:19 Revelation 2:14 : Num 25:1; 31:16; 1 Cor 10:8 Revelation 2:15 : Revelation 2:6 Revelation 2:16 : Revelation 22:7 Revelation 2:16 : 2 Thess 2:8 Revelation 2:16 : Revelation 2:12 Revelation 2:17 : Revelation 2:11 Revelation 2:17 : John 6:48-50 Revelation 2:17 : Revelation 3:12; Isa 62:2; 65:15 Revelation 2:17 : Revelation 19:12; Revelation 14:3 Revelation 2:18 : Revelation 1:14, 15 Revelation 2:19 : Revelation 2:2 Revelation 2:20 : 1 Kgs 16:31; 21:25; 2 Kgs 9:7 Revelation 2:20 : Revelation 2:14 Revelation 2:21 : Revelation 9:20, 21; 16:9, 11; Rom 2:4 Revelation 2:23 : Psalm 7:9; 26:2; Jer 20:12; Rom 8:27 Revelation 2:23 : Matt 16:27 Revelation 2:24 : 1 Cor 2:10 Revelation 2:24 : Acts 15:28 Revelation 2:25 : Revelation 3:11 Revelation 2:26 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 2:26 : Heb 3:6 Revelation 2:26 : Psalm 2:8; Revelation 3:21; 20:4 Revelation 2:27 : Psalm 2:9 Revelation 2:27 : Revelation 12:5; 19:15 Revelation 2:27 : Isa 30:14; Jer 19:11 Revelation 2:28 : 2 Pet 1:19; Revelation 22:16 Revelation 2:29 : Revelation 2:7


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