December 29th, 2018

Christmastide V / David


First Reading: Is. 55:1-13


The Compassion of the LORD

 1(A) "Come, everyone who thirsts,
   come to the waters;and he who has no money,
   (B) come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk
   without money and without price. 2(C) Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
   and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
   and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me;
   (D) hear, that your soul may live;(E) and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
   (F) my steadfast, sure love for(G) David. 4(H) Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
   (I) a leader and commander for the peoples. 5(J) Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
   and(K) a nation that did not know you shall run to you,because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
   (L) for he has glorified you.

 6(M) "Seek the LORD while he may be found;
   call upon him while he is near; 7let the wicked forsake his way,
   and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
   and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9(N) For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 10(O) "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
   and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout,
   (P) giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,but(Q) it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

 12(R) "For you shall go out in joy
   and be led forth in peace;(S) the mountains and the hills before you
   shall break forth into singing,
   and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13(T) Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
   instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;and it shall make a name for the LORD,
   an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."

Cross references:Isaiah 55:1 : Isaiah 44:3; John 7:37; Matt 5:6 Isaiah 55:1 : Prov 9:5 Isaiah 55:2 : John 6:27 Isaiah 55:3 : Prov 4:4 Isaiah 55:3 : Isaiah 61:8; Jer 32:40; Ezek 37:26; Isaiah 54:8; 59:21 Isaiah 55:3 : Psalm 89:33-35; Acts 13:34 Isaiah 55:3 : Jer 30:9 Isaiah 55:4 : Psalm 18:43 Isaiah 55:4 : Dan 9:25; Mic 5:2; Acts 5:31; Rev 17:14; 19:16; Isaiah 9:6, 7 Isaiah 55:5 : Isaiah 55:4 Isaiah 55:5 : Zech 8:22, 23 Isaiah 55:5 : Isaiah 44:23; Acts 3:13 Isaiah 55:6 : Psalm 32:6; Amos 5:4 Isaiah 55:9 : Psalm 103:11 Isaiah 55:10 : Psalm 148:8 Isaiah 55:10 : 2 Cor 9:10 Isaiah 55:11 : Isaiah 40:8 Isaiah 55:12 : Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 48:20, 21; 52:12 Isaiah 55:12 : Isaiah 44:23; Psalm 98:8 Isaiah 55:13 : Isaiah 35:1, 2; 41:19


Second Reading: Luke 1:1-25


Dedication to Theophilus

 1Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that(A) have been accomplished among us, 2(B) just as those who(C) from the beginning were(D) eyewitnesses and(E) ministers of(F) the word(G) have delivered them to us, 3it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write(H) an orderly account for you,(I) most excellent(J) Theophilus, 4that you may have(K) certainty concerning the things(L) you have been taught.

Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

 5(M) In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,[a](N) of(O) the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6And they were both(P) righteous before God, walking(Q) blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7But they had no child, because(R) Elizabeth was barren, and(S) both were advanced in years.

 8Now(T) while he was serving as priest before God when(U) his division was on duty, 9according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot(V) to enter(W) the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And the whole multitude of the people(X) were praying(Y) outside at the hour of incense. 11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of(Z) the altar of incense. 12And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and(AA) fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for(AB) your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and(AC) you shall call his name John. 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will(AD) rejoice at his birth, 15for he will be(AE) great before the Lord. And(AF) he must not drink wine or strong(AG) drink, and(AH) he will be(AI) filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17and(AJ) he will go before him(AK) in the spirit and power of Elijah,(AL) to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and(AM) the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,(AN) to make ready for the Lord a people prepared."

 18And Zechariah said to the angel,(AO) "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years." 19And the angel answered him, "I am(AP) Gabriel.(AQ) I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20And behold,(AR) you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time." 21And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in(AS) the temple. 22And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in(AT) the temple. And(AU) he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23And(AV) when his time of(AW) service was ended, he went to his home.

 24After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25"Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me,(AX) to take away my reproach among people."

Footnotes:Luke 1:5 Greek Zacharias
Cross references:Luke 1:1 : 2 Tim 4:5, 17 (Gk); Acts 3:18 Luke 1:2 : Heb 2:3 Luke 1:2 : John 15:27; 16:4; Mark 1:1; Acts 11:15 Luke 1:2 : 2 Pet 1:16; 1 John 1:1, 3; Acts 4:20; 1 Pet 5:1 Luke 1:2 : Acts 26:16; 1 Cor 4:1 Luke 1:2 : Mark 4:14 Luke 1:2 : 1 Cor 11:2, 23 Luke 1:3 : Acts 11:4 Luke 1:3 : Acts 23:26; 24:3; 26:25 Luke 1:3 : Acts 1:1 Luke 1:4 : Acts 2:36 (Gk); 2 Pet 1:16, 19 Luke 1:4 : Acts 18:25; Rom 2:18; 1 Cor 14:19; Gal 6:6 (Gk) Luke 1:5 : Matt 2:1 Luke 1:5 : 1 Chr 24:10 Luke 1:5 : Luke 1:8 Luke 1:6 : Luke 2:25 Luke 1:6 : Phil 2:15; 3:6; 1 Thess 2:10; 3:13; 5:23; Acts 23:1; 24:16 Luke 1:7 : Luke 1:36; Judg 13:2; 1 Sam 1:2 Luke 1:7 : Gen 18:11; Heb 11:11, 12 Luke 1:8 : 1 Chr 24:19; 2 Chr 8:14; 31:2; Luke 1:23 Luke 1:8 : Luke 1:5 Luke 1:9 : Exodus 30:7, 8; 1 Sam 2:28; 1 Chr 23:13; 2 Chr 29:11 Luke 1:9 : Luke 1:21, 22; Rev 11:2, 19; Heb 9:2, 3 Luke 1:10 : Psalm 141:2; Rev 5:8; 8:3, 4 Luke 1:10 : Lev 16:17 Luke 1:11 : Exodus 30:1-10; 40:26, 27 Luke 1:12 : Acts 19:17 Luke 1:13 : Acts 10:4, 31 Luke 1:13 : Luke 1:60, 63 Luke 1:14 : Luke 1:58 Luke 1:15 : Luke 7:28; Matt 11:11 Luke 1:15 : Luke 7:33; Num 6:3; Judg 13:4, 7, 14; Matt 11:18 Luke 1:15 : Acts 2:15, 17; Eph 5:18 Luke 1:15 : Luke 1:41, 67; Acts 2:4 Luke 1:15 : Isa 49:1, 5; Jer 1:5; Gal 1:15 Luke 1:17 : Luke 1:76; John 3:28 Luke 1:17 : Matt 11:14 Luke 1:17 : Mal 4:6 Luke 1:17 : Rom 10:21 Luke 1:17 : Luke 7:27; Mal 3:1; Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2 Luke 1:18 : Gen 15:8; Gen 17:17 Luke 1:19 : Luke 1:26; Dan 8:16; 9:21 Luke 1:19 : Rev 8:2; 1 Kgs 17:1; Job 1:6; Isa 63:9; Matt 18:10 Luke 1:20 : Ezek 3:26; 24:27 Luke 1:21 : Luke 1:9 Luke 1:22 : Luke 1:21 Luke 1:22 : Luke 1:62 Luke 1:23 : 2 Chr 23:8; Luke 1:8; 2 Kgs 11:5; 1 Chr 9:25 Luke 1:23 : Heb 10:11 Luke 1:25 : Gen 30:23; 1 Sam 1:6; Psalm 113:9; Isa 4:1


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