December 17th, 2018

Daniel the Prophet and the Three Young Men


First Reading: Is. 33:1-24


O LORD, Be Gracious to Us

 1(A) Ah, you destroyer,
   who yourself have not been destroyed,you traitor,
   whom none has betrayed!When you have ceased to destroy,
   you will be destroyed;and when you have finished betraying,
   they will betray you.

 2O LORD, be gracious to us;(B) we wait for you.
   Be our arm every morning,
   our salvation in the time of trouble. 3(C) At the tumultuous noise peoples flee;
   when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, 4and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
   (D) as locusts leap, it is leapt upon.

 5(E) The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high;
   he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, 6(F) and he will be the stability of your times,
   abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
   the fear of the LORD is Zion’s[a] treasure.

 7Behold, their heroes cry in the streets;
   (G) the envoys of peace weep bitterly. 8(H) The highways lie waste;
   the traveler ceases.(I) Covenants are broken;
   cities[b] are despised;
   there is no regard for man. 9(J) The land mourns and languishes;
   Lebanon is confounded and withers away;Sharon is like a desert,
   and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.

 10(K) "Now I will arise," says the LORD,
   "now I will lift myself up;
   now I will be exalted. 11(L) You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble;
   your breath is(M) a fire that will consume you. 12And the peoples will be as if burned to lime,
   (N) like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire."

 13Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
   and you who are near, acknowledge my might. 14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
   trembling has seized the godless:(O) "Who among us can dwell(P) with the consuming fire?
   Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?" 15(Q) He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
   who despises the gain of oppressions,who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
   who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
   (R) and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, 16he will dwell on the heights;
   his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
   (S) his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.

 17(T) Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
   (U) they will see a land that stretches afar. 18(V) Your heart will muse on the terror:
   "Where is he who counted, where is(W) he who weighed the tribute?
   Where is(X) he who counted the towers?" 19(Y) You will see no more the insolent people,
   the people(Z) of an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend,
   stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand. 20Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts!
   (AA) Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
   an untroubled habitation, an(AB) immovable tent,whose stakes will never be plucked up,
   nor will any of its cords be broken. 21But there the LORD in majesty will be for us
   a place of(AC) broad rivers and streams,(AD) where no galley with oars can go,
   nor majestic ship can pass. 22For the LORD is our(AE) judge; the LORD is our(AF) lawgiver;
   the LORD is our(AG) king; he will save us.

 23Your cords hang loose;
   they cannot hold the mast firm in its place
   or keep the sail spread out.(AH) Then prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;
   even(AI) the lame will take the prey. 24And no inhabitant will say,(AJ) "I am sick";
   (AK) the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

Footnotes:Isaiah 33:6 Hebrew his Isaiah 33:8 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll witnesses
Cross references:Isaiah 33:1 : Isaiah 21:2; Isaiah 17:14 Isaiah 33:2 : Isaiah 25:9; 26:8 Isaiah 33:3 : Isaiah 17:13; 2 Kgs 19:7 Isaiah 33:4 : Joel 2:4, 5 Isaiah 33:5 : Isaiah 2:17; 5:15, 16 Isaiah 33:6 : Isaiah 39:8 Isaiah 33:7 : Isaiah 36:22; 2 Kgs 18:37 Isaiah 33:8 : Judg 5:6 Isaiah 33:8 : Isaiah 33:1; 2 Kgs 18:14-17 Isaiah 33:9 : Isaiah 24:4; Nah 1:4 Isaiah 33:10 : Psalm 12:5; 68:1; Isaiah 10:26 Isaiah 33:11 : Isaiah 59:4; Psalm 7:14 Isaiah 33:11 : Isaiah 10:16, 17; Psalm 80:16 Isaiah 33:12 : Isaiah 33:11 Isaiah 33:14 : Psalm 15:1; 24:3 Isaiah 33:14 : Isaiah 66:15; Heb 12:29 Isaiah 33:15 : Psalm 15:2; 24:4 Isaiah 33:15 : Psalm 119:37 Isaiah 33:16 : Isaiah 30:23, 25 Isaiah 33:17 : Isaiah 6:5; Zech 9:9 Isaiah 33:17 : Isaiah 54:2, 3 Isaiah 33:18 : Psalm 37:10 Isaiah 33:18 : 2 Kgs 18:14 Isaiah 33:18 : Psalm 48:12 Isaiah 33:19 : 2 Kgs 19:32, 33 Isaiah 33:19 : Isaiah 28:11; Deut 28:49, 50 Isaiah 33:20 : Isaiah 32:18 Isaiah 33:20 : Isaiah 33:6 Isaiah 33:21 : Psalm 46:4, 5 Isaiah 33:21 : Isaiah 2:16; Psalm 48:7 Isaiah 33:22 : Judg 2:16 Isaiah 33:22 : James 4:12 Isaiah 33:22 : 1 Sam 12:13 Isaiah 33:23 : Gen 49:27 Isaiah 33:23 : Psalm 68:12 Isaiah 33:24 : Isaiah 1:5, 6 Isaiah 33:24 : Isaiah 1:25, 26; Jer 50:20


Second Reading: Rev. 5:1-14


The Scroll and the Lamb

 1Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne(A) a scroll written within and on the back,(B) sealed with seven seals. 2And(C) I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" 3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold,(D) the Lion(E) of the tribe of Judah,(F) the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."

 6And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw(G) a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with(H) seven eyes, which are(I) the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders(J) fell down before the Lamb,(K) each holding a harp, and(L) golden bowls full of incense,(M) which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang(N) a new song, saying,
   "Worthy are you to take the scroll
   and to open its seals,for(O) you were slain, and by your blood(P) you ransomed people for God
   from(Q) every tribe and language and people and nation, 10and you have made them(R) a kingdom and priests to our God,
   and they shall reign on the earth."

 11Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering(S) myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12saying with a loud voice,(T) "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" 13And I heard(U) every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" 14And the four living creatures(V) said, "Amen!" and the elders(W) fell down and worshiped.

Cross references:Revelation 5:1 : Ezek 2:9, 10 Revelation 5:1 : Isa 29:11; Dan 12:4 Revelation 5:2 : Revelation 10:1; 18:21 Revelation 5:5 : Gen 49:9 Revelation 5:5 : Heb 7:14 Revelation 5:5 : Revelation 22:16; Isa 11:1, 10; Rom 15:12 Revelation 5:6 : Revelation 5:9, 12; Revelation 13:8; Isa 53:7; John 1:29, 36; 1 Pet 1:19 Revelation 5:6 : Zech 3:9; 4:10 Revelation 5:6 : Revelation 1:4 Revelation 5:8 : Revelation 4:10 Revelation 5:8 : Revelation 14:2; 15:2 Revelation 5:8 : Revelation 15:7 Revelation 5:8 : Revelation 8:3, 4; Psalm 141:2 Revelation 5:9 : Revelation 14:3; Psalm 33:3 Revelation 5:9 : Revelation 5:6 Revelation 5:9 : Revelation 14:3, 4; 2 Pet 2:1 Revelation 5:9 : Revelation 7:9; 11:9; 14:6; Dan 3:4 Revelation 5:10 : Revelation 1:6 Revelation 5:11 : Dan 7:10; Heb 12:22 Revelation 5:12 : Revelation 4:11 Revelation 5:13 : Psalm 145:21; 150:6 Revelation 5:14 : Revelation 7:12; 19:4 Revelation 5:14 : Revelation 5:8; Revelation 4:10


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