December 15th, 2018

Saturday of Populus Zion (Advent 2)


First Reading: Is. 30:27-31:9



 27Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar,
   burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke;[a]his lips are full of fury,
   and his tongue is like a devouring fire; 28(A) his breath is(B) like an overflowing stream
   that reaches up to the neck;to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction,
   and to place on the jaws of the peoples(C) a bridle that leads astray.

 29You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart,(D) as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to(E) the mountain of the LORD, to(F) the Rock of Israel. 30And the LORD(G) will cause his majestic voice to be heard and the descending blow of his arm to be seen, in furious anger(H) and a flame of devouring fire, with a cloudburst(I) and storm and hailstones. 31The Assyrians will be terror-stricken at the voice of the LORD,(J) when he strikes with his rod. 32And every stroke of the appointed staff that the LORD lays on them(K) will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres.(L) Battling with brandished arm, he will fight with them. 33For(M) a burning place[b] has long been prepared; indeed, for the king it is made ready,(N) its pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance;(O) the breath of the LORD, like a stream of sulfur, kindles it.

Woe to Those Who Go Down to Egypt
 1Woe to(P) those who go down to Egypt for help
   and rely on horses,who(Q) trust in chariots because they are many
   and in horsemen because they are very strong,but(R) do not look to the Holy One of Israel
   or consult the LORD! 2And(S) yet he is wise and brings disaster;
   (T) he does not call back his words,but(U) will arise against the house of the evildoers
   and against the helpers of(V) those who work iniquity. 3The Egyptians are man, and not God,
   and their horses(W) are flesh, and not spirit.When the LORD stretches out his hand,
   the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall,
   and they will all perish together.

 4For thus the LORD said to me,(X) "As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey,
   and when a band of shepherds is called out against himhe is not terrified by their shouting
   or daunted at their noise,(Y) so the LORD of hosts will come down
   to fight[c] on Mount Zion and on its hill. 5(Z) Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts
   will protect Jerusalem;he will protect and deliver it;
   he will spare and rescue it."

 6(AA) Turn to him from whom people[d] have(AB) deeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7For in that day(AC) everyone shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you.
 8(AD) "And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man;
   and a sword, not of man, shall devour him;and he shall flee from the sword,
   and his young men shall be(AE) put to forced labor. 9(AF) His rock shall pass away in terror,
   and his officers desert the standard in panic,"declares the LORD, whose(AG) fire is in Zion,
   and whose(AH) furnace is in Jerusalem.

Footnotes:Isaiah 30:27 Hebrew in weight of uplifted clouds Isaiah 30:33 Or For Topheth Isaiah 31:4 The Hebrew words for hosts and to fight sound alike Isaiah 31:6 Hebrew they
Cross references:Isaiah 30:28 : Isaiah 11:4; 2 Thess 2:8 Isaiah 30:28 : Isaiah 8:8; Nah 1:8 Isaiah 30:28 : Isaiah 37:29 Isaiah 30:29 : 1 Sam 10:5; 1 Kgs 1:40 Isaiah 30:29 : Isaiah 2:3 Isaiah 30:29 : Isaiah 26:4; 44:8; Deut 32:18 Isaiah 30:30 : Psalm 18:13 Isaiah 30:30 : Isaiah 29:6 Isaiah 30:30 : Isaiah 28:2; Josh 10:11 Isaiah 30:31 : Isaiah 9:4; Mic 6:9 Isaiah 30:32 : Exodus 15:1 Isaiah 30:32 : Isaiah 11:15; 19:16; Isaiah 2:19 Isaiah 30:33 : 2 Kgs 23:10; Jer 7:31 Isaiah 30:33 : Ezek 24:9, 10 Isaiah 30:33 : Psalm 18:8; Ezek 20:48 Isaiah 31:1 : Isaiah 30:2; 36:6 Isaiah 31:1 : Psalm 20:7; Isaiah 30:16; 36:9 Isaiah 31:1 : Isaiah 22:11 Isaiah 31:2 : Psalm 94:8-10 Isaiah 31:2 : Num 23:19 Isaiah 31:2 : Isaiah 22:14 Isaiah 31:2 : Psalm 94:4 Isaiah 31:3 : Jer 17:5 Isaiah 31:4 : Hos 11:10; Amos 1:2; 3:8 Isaiah 31:4 : Isaiah 42:13 Isaiah 31:5 : Deut 32:11; Psalm 91:4 Isaiah 31:6 : Isaiah 30:15 Isaiah 31:6 : Isaiah 1:5 Isaiah 31:7 : Isaiah 2:20; 30:22 Isaiah 31:8 : Isaiah 37:36 Isaiah 31:8 : Gen 49:15; Prov 12:24 Isaiah 31:9 : Deut 32:31; Isaiah 30:29 Isaiah 31:9 : Isaiah 30:33 Isaiah 31:9 : Psalm 21:9; Mal 4:1


Second Reading: Rev. 3:1-22


To the Church in Sardis

 1"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him(A) who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

   

   "'I know your works. You have the reputation(B) of being alive,(C) but you are dead. 2Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works(D) complete in the sight of my God. 3(E) Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up,(F) I will come(G) like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not(H) soiled their garments, and they will walk with me(I) in white, for they are(J) worthy. 5(K) The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never(L) blot his name out of(M) the book of life.(N) I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6(O) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

To the Church in Philadelphia

 7"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'The words of(P) the holy one,(Q) the true one,(R) who has the key of David,(S) who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

 8"'I know your works. Behold, I have set before you(T) an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make those of(U) the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold,(V) I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that(W) I have loved you. 10(X) Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try(Y) those who dwell on the earth. 11(Z) I am coming soon.(AA) Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize(AB) your crown. 12(AC) The one who conquers, I will make him(AD) a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him(AE) the name of my God, and(AF) the name of the city of my God,(AG) the new Jerusalem,(AH) which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13(AI) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

To the Church in Laodicea

 14"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the(AJ) Amen,(AK) the faithful and true witness,(AL) the beginning of God’s creation.

 15"'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.(AM) Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17(AN) For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor,(AO) blind, and naked. 18I counsel you(AP) to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and(AQ) white garments so that you may clothe yourself and(AR) the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes,(AS) so that you may see. 19(AT) Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and(AU) knock.(AV) If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,(AW) I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21(AX) The one who conquers,(AY) I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as(AZ) I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22(BA) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

Cross references:Revelation 3:1 : Revelation 1:4, 16 Revelation 3:1 : 1 Tim 5:6 Revelation 3:1 : Luke 15:24 Revelation 3:2 : Acts 14:26 Revelation 3:3 : 2 Tim 1:13 Revelation 3:3 : Revelation 2:5 Revelation 3:3 : Revelation 16:15; Matt 24:43; 1 Thess 5:2, 4; 2 Pet 3:10 Revelation 3:4 : Jude 23 Revelation 3:4 : Revelation 6:11; 7:9; Eccles 9:8 Revelation 3:4 : Luke 20:35 Revelation 3:5 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 3:5 : Exodus 32:32 Revelation 3:5 : Revelation 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; Phil 4:3 Revelation 3:5 : Matt 10:32; Luke 12:8 Revelation 3:6 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 3:7 : Revelation 6:10 Revelation 3:7 : Revelation 3:14; Revelation 19:11; 1 John 5:20 Revelation 3:7 : Isa 22:22; Luke 1:32 Revelation 3:7 : Job 12:14; Matt 16:19 Revelation 3:8 : Acts 14:27; 1 Cor 16:9; 2 Cor 2:12; Col 4:3 Revelation 3:9 : Revelation 2:9 Revelation 3:9 : Isa 45:14; 49:23; 60:14 Revelation 3:9 : Isa 43:4 Revelation 3:10 : Revelation 1:9; 2 Pet 2:9 Revelation 3:10 : Revelation 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:8 Revelation 3:11 : Revelation 22:7, 12, 20 Revelation 3:11 : Revelation 2:25 Revelation 3:11 : Revelation 2:10 Revelation 3:12 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 3:12 : 1 Kgs 7:21; 2 Chr 3:17; Jer 1:18; Gal 2:9; Psalm 23:6; 27:4 Revelation 3:12 : Revelation 14:1; 22:4 Revelation 3:12 : Revelation 21:2; Ezek 48:35; Gal 4:26; Heb 12:22 Revelation 3:12 : Revelation 21:10 Revelation 3:12 : Revelation 2:17 Revelation 3:13 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 3:14 : 2 Cor 1:20 Revelation 3:14 : Revelation 3:7; Revelation 1:5; 19:11; 22:6 Revelation 3:14 : Col 1:15, 18; Revelation 21:6; 22:13; Prov 8:22 Revelation 3:15 : 2 Pet 2:21 Revelation 3:17 : Hos 12:8; Zech 11:5; 1 Cor 4:8 Revelation 3:17 : John 9:39-41; Eph 1:18 Revelation 3:18 : Isa 55:1; Matt 13:44; 25:9; Prov 8:19 Revelation 3:18 : Revelation 19:8; Revelation 3:4 Revelation 3:18 : Revelation 16:15 Revelation 3:18 : Revelation 3:17 Revelation 3:19 : Heb 12:6 Revelation 3:20 : Song 5:2 Revelation 3:20 : Luke 12:36 Revelation 3:20 : John 14:23; Luke 24:29, 30 Revelation 3:21 : Revelation 2:7 Revelation 3:21 : Revelation 20:4; Revelation 2:26; John 12:26; 2 Tim 2:12; Matt 19:28 Revelation 3:21 : Revelation 5:5; 6:2; 17:14; John 16:33 Revelation 3:22 : Revelation 2:7


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