December 19th, 2018

Adam and Eve

First Reading: Is. 40:1-17

Comfort for God’s People

 1(A) Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2(B) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and cry to herthat(C) her warfare[a] is ended,
   that her iniquity is pardoned,that she has received from the LORD’s hand
   double for all her sins.

 3(D) A voice cries:[b](E) "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
   (F) make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4(G) Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain. 5(H) And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
   and all flesh shall see it together,
   (I) for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

The Word of God Stands Forever

 6A voice says, "Cry!"
   And I said,[c] "What shall I cry?"(J) All flesh is grass,
   and all its beauty[d] is like the flower of the field. 7The grass withers, the flower fades
   when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
   surely the people are grass. 8(K) The grass withers, the flower fades,
   but the word of our God will stand forever.

The Greatness of God

 9Get you up to a high mountain,
   O Zion,(L) herald of good news;[e]lift up your voice with strength,
   O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[f]
   lift it up, fear not;say to the cities of Judah,
   "Behold your God!" 10(M) Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
   and his arm rules for him;(N) behold, his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him. 11(O) He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
   (P) he will gather the lambs in his arms;(Q) he will carry them in his bosom,
   and gently lead those that are with young.

 12(R) Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
   and marked off the heavens with a span,enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
   and weighed the mountains in scales
   and the hills in a balance? 13(S) Who has measured[g] the Spirit of the LORD,
   or what man shows him his counsel? 14Whom did he consult,
   and who made him understand?(T) Who taught him the path of justice,
   and taught him knowledge,
   and showed him the way of understanding? 15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
   and are accounted(U) as the dust on the scales;
   behold, he takes up(V) the coastlands like fine dust. 16Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
   nor are(W) its beasts enough for a burnt offering. 17(X) All the nations are as nothing before him,
   they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

Footnotes:Isaiah 40:2 Or time of service Isaiah 40:3 Or A voice of one crying Isaiah 40:6 Revocalization based on Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Vulgate; Masoretic Text And someone says Isaiah 40:6 Or all its constancy Isaiah 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Zion Isaiah 40:9 Or O herald of good news to Jerusalem Isaiah 40:13 Or has directed
Cross references:Isaiah 40:1 : Isaiah 51:12; Luke 2:25 Isaiah 40:2 : Hos 2:14 Isaiah 40:2 : 2 Chr 36:22; Jer 25:12 Isaiah 40:3 : Cited Matt 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23 Isaiah 40:3 : Mal 3:1; Isaiah 57:14 Isaiah 40:3 : Psalm 68:4 Isaiah 40:4 : Cited Luke 3:5; Isaiah 49:11 Isaiah 40:5 : Luke 3:6 Isaiah 40:5 : Isaiah 1:20 Isaiah 40:6 : Cited 1 Pet 1:24, 25; Job 14:2; Psalm 102:11; 103:15; James 1:10 Isaiah 40:8 : Cited James 1:11 Isaiah 40:9 : Isaiah 52:7 Isaiah 40:10 : Isaiah 59:16, 17; Luke 11:22 Isaiah 40:10 : Isaiah 62:11; Rev 22:12 Isaiah 40:11 : Ezek 34:23; Zech 11:7; John 10:11; 21:15; Acts 20:28 Isaiah 40:11 : Matt 18:12; Luke 15:5 Isaiah 40:11 : Num 11:12 Isaiah 40:12 : Prov 30:4 Isaiah 40:13 : Cited Rom 11:34; 1 Cor 2:16 Isaiah 40:14 : Job 21:22 Isaiah 40:15 : Isaiah 29:5 Isaiah 40:15 : Isaiah 41:1 Isaiah 40:16 : Psalm 50:10 Isaiah 40:17 : Psalm 62:9; Dan 4:35; Isaiah 41:12

Second Reading: Rev. 7:1-17

The 144,000 of Israel Sealed

 1After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back(A) the four winds of the earth,(B) that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. 2Then I saw another angel ascending(C) from the rising of the sun, with(D) the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3saying,(E) "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants[a] of our God(F) on their foreheads." 4And(G) I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
 512,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,12,000 from the tribe of Gad, 612,000 from the tribe of Asher,12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh, 712,000 from the tribe of Simeon,12,000 from the tribe of Levi,12,000 from the tribe of Issachar, 812,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

A Great Multitude from Every Nation

 9After this I looked, and behold,(H) a great multitude that no one could number,(I) from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,(J) clothed in white robes, with(K) palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice,(L) "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and(M) the four living creatures, and they(N) fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12(O) saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen."

 13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these,(P) clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?" 14I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of(Q) the great tribulation.(R) They have washed their robes and(S) made them white(T) in the blood of the Lamb.
 15"Therefore they are before the throne of God,
   and(U) serve him day and night in his temple;
   and he who sits on the throne(V) will shelter them with his presence. 16(W) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
   (X) the sun shall not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat. 17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne(Y) will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of(Z) living water,and(AA) God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Footnotes:Revelation 7:3 Greek bondservants
Cross references:Revelation 7:1 : Jer 49:36; Dan 7:2 Revelation 7:1 : Revelation 7:3 Revelation 7:2 : Revelation 16:12 Revelation 7:2 : Revelation 9:4 Revelation 7:3 : Revelation 6:6; 9:4 Revelation 7:3 : Revelation 14:1; 22:4; Ezek 9:4; Revelation 13:16; Ezek 3:8, 9 Revelation 7:4 : Revelation 9:16 Revelation 7:9 : Rom 11:25 Revelation 7:9 : Revelation 5:9 Revelation 7:9 : Revelation 7:14; Revelation 3:4 Revelation 7:9 : Lev 23:40; John 12:13 Revelation 7:10 : Revelation 12:10; 19:1; Psalm 3:8 Revelation 7:11 : Revelation 4:6 Revelation 7:11 : Revelation 4:10 Revelation 7:12 : Revelation 5:14; 19:4; 1 Chr 29:10, 11 Revelation 7:13 : Revelation 7:9 Revelation 7:14 : Matt 24:21 Revelation 7:14 : Revelation 22:14; Isa 1:18; Zech 3:3-5 Revelation 7:14 : Dan 12:10; 1 John 1:7 Revelation 7:14 : Revelation 1:5 Revelation 7:15 : Revelation 22:3 Revelation 7:15 : Revelation 21:3; Isa 4:5, 6 Revelation 7:16 : Isa 49:10 Revelation 7:16 : Psalm 121:6 Revelation 7:17 : Psalm 23:1, 2; Matt 2:6; John 10:11 Revelation 7:17 : Revelation 22:1; Psalm 36:8, 9; John 4:14 Revelation 7:17 : Revelation 21:4; Isa 25:8


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