December 22nd, 2018

Saturday of Gaudete (Advent 3)


First Reading: Is. 43:1-24


Israel Redeemed
    1But now, thus says the LORD, your (A)Creator, O Jacob,
         And He who (B)formed you, O Israel,
         "Do not (C)fear, for I have (D)redeemed you;
         I have (E)called you by name; you are (F)Mine!
    2"When you (G)pass through the waters, (H)I will be with you;
         And through the rivers, they will not overflow you
         When you (I)walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
         Nor will the flame burn you.
    3"For (J)I am the LORD your God,
         The Holy One of Israel, your (K)Savior;
         I have given Egypt as your ransom,
         (L)Cush and Seba in your place.
    4"Since you are (M)precious in My sight,
         Since you are (N)honored and I (O)love you,
         I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
    5"Do not fear, for (P)I am with you;
         I will bring (Q)your offspring from the east,
         And (R)gather you from the west.
    6"I will say to the (S)north, 'Give them up!'
         And to the south, 'Do not hold them back '
         Bring My (T)sons from afar
         And My daughters from the (U)ends of the earth,
    7Everyone who is (V)called by My name,
         And whom I have (W)created for My (X)glory,
         (Y)Whom I have formed, even whom I have made."
Israel Is God's Witness
    8Bring out the people who are (Z)blind, even though they have eyes,
         And the deaf, even though they have ears.
    9All the nations have (AA)gathered together
         So that the peoples may be assembled
         Who among them can (AB)declare this
         And proclaim to us the former things?
         Let them present (AC)their witnesses (AD)that they may be justified,
         Or let them hear and say, "It is true."
    10"You are (AE)My witnesses," declares the LORD,
         "And (AF)My servant whom I have chosen,
         So that you may know and believe Me
         And understand that (AG)I am He
         (AH)Before Me there was no God formed,
         And there will be none after Me.
    11"I, even I, am the LORD,
         And there is no (AI)savior (AJ)besides Me.
    12"It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
         And there was no (AK)strange god among you;
         So you are My witnesses," declares the LORD,
         "And I am God.
    13"Even (AL)from eternity (AM)I am He,
         And there is (AN)none who can deliver out of My hand;
         (AO)I act and who can reverse it?"
Babylon to Be Destroyed
 14Thus says the LORD your (AP)Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
         "For your sake I have sent to Babylon,
         And will bring them all down as fugitives,
         Even the (AQ)Chaldeans, into the (AR)ships [a]in which they rejoice.
    15"I am the LORD, your Holy One,
         (AS)The Creator of Israel, your (AT)King."

 16Thus says the LORD,
         Who (AU)makes a way through the sea
         And a path through the mighty waters,
    17Who brings forth the (AV)chariot and the horse,
         The army and the mighty man
         (They will lie down together and not rise again;
         They have been (AW)quenched and extinguished like a wick):
    18"(AX)Do not call to mind the former things,
         Or ponder things of the past.
    19"Behold, I will do something (AY)new,
         Now it will spring forth;
         Will you not be aware of it?
         I will even (AZ)make a roadway in the wilderness,
         Rivers in the desert.
    20"The beasts of the field will glorify Me,
         The (BA)jackals and the ostriches,
         Because I have (BB)given waters in the wilderness
         And rivers in the desert,
         To give drink to My chosen people.
    21"The people whom (BC)I formed for Myself
         (BD)Will declare My praise.

The Shortcomings of Israel
    22"Yet you have not called on Me, O Jacob;
         But you have become (BE)weary of Me, O Israel.
    23"You have (BF)not brought to Me the sheep of your burnt offerings,
         Nor have you (BG)honored Me with your sacrifices
         I have not (BH)burdened you with offerings,
         Nor wearied you with (BI)incense.
    24"You have bought Me not (BJ)sweet cane with money,
         Nor have you filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
         Rather you have burdened Me with your sins,
         You have (BK)wearied Me with your iniquities.

Footnotes:Isaiah 43:14 Lit of their rejoicing
Cross references:Isaiah 43:1 : Is 43:15 Isaiah 43:1 : Is 43:7, 21; 44:2, 21, 24 Isaiah 43:1 : Is 43:5 Isaiah 43:1 : Is 44:22, 23; 48:20 Isaiah 43:1 : Gen 32:28; Is 43:7; 45:3, 4 Isaiah 43:1 : Is 43:21 Isaiah 43:2 : Ps 66:12; Is 8:7, 8 Isaiah 43:2 : Deut 31:6, 8 Isaiah 43:2 : Is 29:6; 30:27-29; Dan 3:25, 27 Isaiah 43:3 : Ex 20:2 Isaiah 43:3 : Is 19:20; 43:11; 45:15, 21; 49:26; 60:16; 63:8 Isaiah 43:3 : Is 20:3-5 Isaiah 43:4 : Ex 19:5, 6 Isaiah 43:4 : Is 49:5 Isaiah 43:4 : Is 63:9 Isaiah 43:5 : Is 8:10; 43:2 Isaiah 43:5 : Is 41:8; 49:12; 61:9 Isaiah 43:5 : Is 49:12 Isaiah 43:6 : Ps 107:3 Isaiah 43:6 : 2 Cor 6:18 Isaiah 43:6 : Is 45:22 Isaiah 43:7 : Is 56:5; 62:2; James 2:7 Isaiah 43:7 : Ps 100:3; Is 29:23; Eph 2:10 Isaiah 43:7 : Is 44:23; 46:13 Isaiah 43:7 : Is 43:1 Isaiah 43:8 : Is 6:9; 42:19; Ezek 12:2 Isaiah 43:9 : Is 34:1; 41:1 Isaiah 43:9 : Is 41:22, 23, 26 Isaiah 43:9 : Is 44:9 Isaiah 43:9 : Is 43:26 Isaiah 43:10 : Is 44:8 Isaiah 43:10 : Is 41:8 Isaiah 43:10 : Is 41:4 Isaiah 43:10 : Is 45:5, 6 Isaiah 43:11 : Is 43:3; 45:21; Hos 13:4 Isaiah 43:11 : Is 44:6, 8 Isaiah 43:12 : Deut 32:16; Ps 81:9 Isaiah 43:13 : Ps 90:2; Is 48:16 Isaiah 43:13 : Is 41:4 Isaiah 43:13 : Ps 50:22 Isaiah 43:13 : Job 9:12; Is 14:27 Isaiah 43:14 : Is 41:14 Isaiah 43:14 : Is 23:13 Isaiah 43:14 : Jer 51:13 Isaiah 43:15 : Is 43:1 Isaiah 43:15 : Is 41:20; 44:6 Isaiah 43:16 : Ex 14:21, 22; Ps 77:19; Is 11:15; 44:27; 50:2; 51:10; 63:11, 12 Isaiah 43:17 : Ex 15:19 Isaiah 43:17 : Ps 118:12; Is 1:31 Isaiah 43:18 : Is 65:17; Jer 23:7 Isaiah 43:19 : Is 42:9; 48:6; 2 Cor 5:17 Isaiah 43:19 : Ex 17:6; Num 20:11; Deut 8:15; Ps 78:16; Is 35:1, 6; 41:18, 19; 49:10; 51:3 Isaiah 43:20 : Is 13:22; 35:7 Isaiah 43:20 : Is 41:17, 18; 48:21 Isaiah 43:21 : Is 43:1 Isaiah 43:21 : Ps 102:18; Is 42:12; Luke 1:74, 75; 1 Pet 2:9 Isaiah 43:22 : Mic 6:3; Mal 1:13; 3:14 Isaiah 43:23 : Amos 5:25 Isaiah 43:23 : Zech 7:5, 6; Mal 1:6-8 Isaiah 43:23 : Jer 7:21-26 Isaiah 43:23 : Ex 30:34; Lev 2:1; 24:7 Isaiah 43:24 : Ex 30:23; Jer 6:20 Isaiah 43:24 : Ps 95:10; Is 1:14; 7:13; Ezek 6:9; Mal 2:17


Second Reading: Rev. 9:13-10:11


The Sixth Trumpet--Army from the East

 13Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the [a]four (A)horns of the (B)golden altar which is before God,

 14one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the (C)four angels who are bound at the (D)great river Euphrates."

 15And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were (E)released, so that they would kill a (F)third of mankind.

 16The number of the armies of the horsemen was (G)two hundred million; (H)I heard the number of them.

 17And this is how I saw (I)in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of (J)brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and (K)out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and (L)brimstone.

 18A (M)third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the (N)fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.

 19For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.

 20The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, (O)did not repent of (P)the works of their hands, so as not to (Q)worship demons, and (R)the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

 21and they (S)did not repent of their murders nor of their (T)sorceries nor of their (U)immorality nor of their thefts.

The Angel and the Little Book

 1I saw another (V)strong angel (W)coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the (X)rainbow was upon his head, and (Y)his face was like the sun, and his (Z)feet like pillars of fire;

 2and he had in his hand a (AA)little book which was open He placed (AB)his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;

 3and he cried out with a loud voice, (AC)as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the (AD)seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.

 4When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, (AE)I was about to write; and I (AF)heard a voice from heaven saying, "(AG)Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them."

 5Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land (AH)lifted up his right hand to heaven,

 6(AI)and swore by (AJ)Him who lives forever and ever, (AK)WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that (AL)there will be delay no longer,

 7but in the days of the voice of the (AM)seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then (AN)the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.

 8Then (AO)the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, "Go, take (AP)the book which is open in the hand of the angel who (AQ)stands on the sea and on the land."

 9So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, "(AR)Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey."

 10I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

 11And (AS)they said to me, "You must (AT)prophesy again concerning (AU)many peoples and nations and tongues and (AV)kings."

Footnotes:Revelation 9:13 Two early mss do not contain four
Cross references:Revelation 9:13 : Ex 30:2, 10 Revelation 9:13 : Rev 8:3 Revelation 9:14 : Rev 7:1 Revelation 9:14 : Gen 15:18; Deut 1:7; Josh 1:4; Rev 16:12 Revelation 9:15 : Rev 20:7 Revelation 9:15 : Rev 8:7; 9:18 Revelation 9:16 : Rev 5:11 Revelation 9:16 : Rev 7:4 Revelation 9:17 : Dan 8:2; 9:21 Revelation 9:17 : Rev 9:18; 14:10; 19:20; 20:10; 21:8 Revelation 9:17 : Rev 11:5 Revelation 9:17 : Rev 9:18; 14:10; 19:20; 20:10; 21:8 Revelation 9:18 : Rev 8:7; 9:15 Revelation 9:18 : Rev 9:17 Revelation 9:20 : Rev 2:21 Revelation 9:20 : Deut 4:28; Jer 1:16; Mic 5:13; Acts 7:41 Revelation 9:20 : 1 Cor 10:20 Revelation 9:20 : Ps 115:4-7; 135:15-17; Dan 5:23 Revelation 9:21 : Rev 9:20 Revelation 9:21 : Is 47:9, 12; Rev 18:23 Revelation 9:21 : Rev 17:2, 4, 5 Revelation 10:1 : Rev 5:2 Revelation 10:1 : Rev 18:1; 20:1 Revelation 10:1 : Rev 4:3 Revelation 10:1 : Matt 17:2; Rev 1:16 Revelation 10:1 : Rev 1:15 Revelation 10:2 : Rev 5:1; 10:8-10 Revelation 10:2 : Rev 10:5, 8 Revelation 10:3 : Is 31:4; Hos 11:10 Revelation 10:3 : Ps 29:3-9; Rev 4:5 Revelation 10:4 : Rev 1:11, 19 Revelation 10:4 : Rev 10:8 Revelation 10:4 : Dan 8:26; 12:4, 9; Rev 22:10 Revelation 10:5 : Deut 32:40; Dan 12:7 Revelation 10:6 : Gen 14:22; Ex 6:8; Num 14:30; Ezek 20:5 Revelation 10:6 : Rev 4:9 Revelation 10:6 : Ex 20:11; Rev 4:11 Revelation 10:6 : Rev 6:11; 12:12; 16:17; 21:6 Revelation 10:7 : Rev 11:15 Revelation 10:7 : Amos 3:7; Rom 16:25 Revelation 10:8 : Rev 10:4 Revelation 10:8 : Rev 10:2 Revelation 10:8 : Rev 10:2 Revelation 10:9 : Jer 15:16; Ezek 2:8; 3:1-3 Revelation 10:11 : Rev 11:1 Revelation 10:11 : Ezek 37:4, 9 Revelation 10:11 : Rev 5:9 Revelation 10:11 : Rev 17:10, 12


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