December 14th, 2018

Friday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)


First Reading: Is. 30:15-26


 15For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
         "In repentance and (A)rest you will be saved,
         In (B)quietness and trust is your strength."
         But you were not willing,
    16And you said, "No, for we will flee on (C)horses,"
         Therefore you shall flee!
         "And we will ride on swift horses,"
         Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
    17(D)One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
         You will flee at the threat of five,
         Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top
         And as a signal on a hill.

God Is Gracious and Just
    18Therefore the LORD (E)longs to be gracious to you,
         And therefore He waits on (F)high to have compassion on you
         For the LORD is a (G)God of justice;
         How blessed are all those who (H)long for Him.

 19O people in Zion, (I)inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will (J)weep no longer He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will (K)answer you.

 20Although the Lord has given you (L)bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer (M)hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.

 21Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the (N)way, walk in it," whenever you (O)turn to the right or to the left.

 22And you will defile your graven (P)images overlaid with silver, and your molten (Q)images plated with gold You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to them, "(R)Be gone!"

 23Then He will (S)give you rain for the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous; on that day (T)your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.

 24Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which has been (U)winnowed with shovel and fork.

 25On every lofty mountain and on (V)every high hill there will be streams running with water on the day of the great (W)slaughter, when the towers fall.

 26(X)The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day (Y)the LORD binds up the (Z)fracture of His people and (AA)heals the bruise He has inflicted.

Cross references:Isaiah 30:15 : Ps 116:7; Is 28:12 Isaiah 30:15 : Is 7:4; 32:17 Isaiah 30:16 : Is 2:7; 31:1, 3 Isaiah 30:17 : Lev 26:36; Deut 28:25; 32:30; Josh 23:10; Prov 28:1 Isaiah 30:18 : Is 42:14, 16; 48:9; Jon 3:4, 10; 2 Pet 3:9, 15 Isaiah 30:18 : Is 2:11, 17; 33:5 Isaiah 30:18 : Is 5:16; 28:17; 61:8 Isaiah 30:18 : Is 8:17; 25:9; 26:8; 33:2 Isaiah 30:19 : Is 65:9; Ezek 37:25, 28 Isaiah 30:19 : Is 25:8; 60:20; 61:1-3 Isaiah 30:19 : Ps 50:15; Is 58:9; 65:24; Matt 7:7-11 Isaiah 30:20 : 1 Kin 22:27; Ps 80:5 Isaiah 30:20 : Ps 74:9; Amos 8:11 Isaiah 30:21 : Ps 25:8, 9; Prov 3:6; Is 35:8, 9; 42:16 Isaiah 30:21 : Is 29:24 Isaiah 30:22 : Ex 32:2, 4; Judg 17:3, 4; Is 46:6 Isaiah 30:22 : Ex 32:2, 4; Judg 17:3, 4; Is 46:6 Isaiah 30:22 : Matt 4:10 Isaiah 30:23 : Ps 65:9-13; 104:13, 14 Isaiah 30:23 : Ps 144:13; Is 32:20; Hos 4:16 Isaiah 30:24 : Matt 3:12; Luke 3:17 Isaiah 30:25 : Is 35:6, 7; 41:18; 43:19, 20 Isaiah 30:25 : Is 34:2 Isaiah 30:26 : Is 24:23; 60:19, 20; Rev 21:23; 22:5 Isaiah 30:26 : Is 61:1 Isaiah 30:26 : Is 1:6; 30:13, 14 Isaiah 30:26 : Deut 32:39; Job 5:18; Is 33:24; Jer 33:6; Hos 6:1, 2


Second Reading: Rev. 2:1-29


Message to Ephesus
 1"To the angel of the church in (A)Ephesus write: The One who holds (B)the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks (C)among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

 2'(D)I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you (E)put to the test those who call themselves (F)apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;

 3and you have perseverance and have endured (G)for My name's sake, and have not grown weary.

 4'But I have this against you, that you have (H)left your first love.

 5'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and (I)repent and (J)do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your (K)lampstand out of its place--unless you repent.

 6'Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the (L)Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 7'(M)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (N)To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of (O)the tree of life which is in the (P)Paradise of God.'

Message to Smyrna
 8"And to the angel of the church in (Q)Smyrna write: (R)The first and the last, who (S)was dead, and has come to life, says this:

 9'I know your (T)tribulation and your (U)poverty (but you are (V)rich), and the blasphemy by those who (W)say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of (X)Satan.

 10'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be (Y)tested, and you will have tribulation (Z)for ten days Be (AA)faithful until death, and I will give you (AB)the crown of life.

 11'(AC)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (AD)He who overcomes will not be hurt by the (AE)second death.'

Message to Pergamum
 12"And to the angel of the church in (AF)Pergamum write: The One who has (AG)the sharp two-edged sword says this:

 13'I know where you dwell, where (AH)Satan's throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny (AI)My faith even in the days of Antipas, My (AJ)witness, My (AK)faithful one, who was killed among you, (AL)where Satan dwells.

 14'But (AM)I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the (AN)teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, (AO)to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.

 15'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the (AP)Nicolaitans.

 16'Therefore (AQ)repent; or else (AR)I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with (AS)the sword of My mouth.

 17'(AT)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (AU)To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden (AV)manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a (AW)new name written on the stone (AX)which no one knows but he who receives it.'

Message to Thyatira
 18"And to the angel of the church in (AY)Thyatira write: (AZ)The Son of God, (BA)who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:

 19'(BB)I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.

 20'But (BC)I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman (BD)Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they (BE)commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

 21'(BF)I gave her time to repent, and she (BG)does not want to repent of her immorality.

 22'Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who (BH)commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [a]her deeds.

 23'And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who (BI)searches the minds and hearts; and (BJ)I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

 24'But I say to you, the rest who are in (BK)Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the (BL)deep things of Satan, as they call them--I (BM)place no other burden on you.

 25'Nevertheless (BN)what you have, hold fast (BO)until I come.

 26'(BP)He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds (BQ)until the end, (BR)TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS;

 27AND HE SHALL (BS)RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, (BT)AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father;

 28and I will give him (BU)the morning star.

 29'(BV)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

Footnotes:Revelation 2:22 One early ms reads their
Cross references:Revelation 2:1 : Rev 1:11 Revelation 2:1 : Rev 1:16 Revelation 2:1 : Rev 1:12 Revelation 2:2 : Rev 2:19; 3:1, 8, 15 Revelation 2:2 : John 6:6; 1 John 4:1 Revelation 2:2 : 2 Cor 11:13 Revelation 2:3 : John 15:21 Revelation 2:4 : Jer 2:2; Matt 24:12 Revelation 2:5 : Rev 2:16, 22; 3:3, 19 Revelation 2:5 : Heb 10:32; Rev 2:2 Revelation 2:5 : Matt 5:14-ff; Phil 2:15; Rev 1:20 Revelation 2:6 : Rev 2:15 Revelation 2:7 : Matt 11:15; Rev 2:11, 17; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9 Revelation 2:7 : Rev 2:11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7 Revelation 2:7 : Gen 2:9; 3:22; Prov 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Rev 22:2, 14 Revelation 2:7 : Ezek 28:13; 31:8; Luke 23:43 Revelation 2:8 : Rev 1:11 Revelation 2:8 : Is 44:6; 48:12; Rev 1:17; 22:13 Revelation 2:8 : Rev 1:18 Revelation 2:9 : Rev 1:9 Revelation 2:9 : 2 Cor 6:10; 8:9; James 2:5 Revelation 2:9 : 2 Cor 6:10; 8:9; James 2:5 Revelation 2:9 : Rev 3:9 Revelation 2:9 : Matt 4:10; Rev 2:13, 24 Revelation 2:10 : Rev 3:10; 13:14-ff Revelation 2:10 : Dan 1:12, 14 Revelation 2:10 : Rev 2:13; 12:11; 17:14 Revelation 2:10 : 1 Cor 9:25; Rev 3:11 Revelation 2:11 : Matt 11:15; Rev 2:7, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9 Revelation 2:11 : Rev 2:7, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 21:7 Revelation 2:11 : Rev 20:6, 14; 21:8 Revelation 2:12 : Rev 1:11 Revelation 2:12 : Rev 1:16; 2:16 Revelation 2:13 : Matt 4:10; Rev 2:24 Revelation 2:13 : 1 Tim 5:8; Rev 14:12 Revelation 2:13 : Acts 22:20; Rev 1:5; 11:3; 17:6 Revelation 2:13 : Rev 2:10; 12:11; 17:14 Revelation 2:13 : Rev 2:9 Revelation 2:14 : Rev 2:20 Revelation 2:14 : Num 31:16; 2 Pet 2:15 Revelation 2:14 : Num 25:1; Acts 15:29; 1 Cor 10:20; Rev 2:20 Revelation 2:15 : Rev 2:6 Revelation 2:16 : Rev 2:5 Revelation 2:16 : Rev 22:7, 20 Revelation 2:16 : 2 Thess 2:8; Rev 1:16 Revelation 2:17 : Rev 2:7 Revelation 2:17 : Rev 2:7 Revelation 2:17 : Ex 16:33; John 6:49 Revelation 2:17 : Is 56:5; 62:2; 65:15 Revelation 2:17 : Rev 14:3; 19:12 Revelation 2:18 : Rev 1:11; 2:24 Revelation 2:18 : Matt 4:3 Revelation 2:18 : Rev 1:14 Revelation 2:19 : Rev 2:2 Revelation 2:20 : Rev 2:14 Revelation 2:20 : 1 Kin 16:31; 21:25; 2 Kin 9:7, 22, 30 Revelation 2:20 : Acts 15:29; 1 Cor 10:20; Rev 2:14 Revelation 2:21 : Rom 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9 Revelation 2:21 : Rom 2:5; Rev 9:20; 16:9, 11 Revelation 2:22 : Rev 17:2; 18:9 Revelation 2:23 : Ps 7:9; 26:2; 139:1; Jer 11:20; 17:10; Matt 16:27; Luke 16:15; Acts 1:24; Rom 8:27 Revelation 2:23 : Ps 62:12 Revelation 2:24 : Rev 2:18 Revelation 2:24 : 1 Cor 2:10 Revelation 2:24 : Acts 15:28 Revelation 2:25 : Rev 3:11 Revelation 2:25 : John 21:22 Revelation 2:26 : Rev 2:7 Revelation 2:26 : Matt 10:22; Heb 3:6 Revelation 2:26 : Ps 2:8; Rev 3:21; 20:4 Revelation 2:27 : Ps 2:9; Rev 12:5; 19:15 Revelation 2:27 : Is 30:14; Jer 19:11 Revelation 2:28 : 1 John 3:2; Rev 22:16 Revelation 2:29 : Rev 2:7


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