January 3rd, 2019

Christmastide X


First Reading: Is. 63:1-14


God's Vengeance on the Nations

    1Who is this who comes from (A)Edom,
         With (B)garments of glowing colors from (C)Bozrah,
         This One who is majestic in His apparel,
         Marching in the greatness of His strength?
         "It is I who speak in righteousness, (D)mighty to save."
    2Why is Your apparel red,
         And Your garments like the one who (E)treads in the wine press?
    3"(F)I have trodden the wine trough alone,
         And from the peoples there was no man with Me
         I also (G)trod them in My anger
         And (H)trampled them in My wrath;
         And (I)their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments,
         And I stained all My raiment.
    4"For the (J)day of vengeance was in My heart,
         And My year of redemption has come.
    5"I looked, and there was (K)no one to help,
         And I was astonished and there was no one to uphold;
         So My (L)own arm brought salvation to Me,
         And My wrath upheld Me.
    6"I (M)trod down the peoples in My anger
         And made them (N)drunk in My wrath,
         And I poured out their lifeblood on the earth."

God's Ancient Mercies Recalled

    7I shall make mention of the (O)lovingkindnesses of the LORD, the praises of the LORD,
         According to all that the LORD has granted us,
         And the great (P)goodness toward the house of Israel,
         Which He has granted them according to His (Q)compassion
         And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.
    8For He said, "Surely, they are (R)My people,
         Sons who will not deal falsely "
         So He became their (S)Savior.
    9In all their affliction (T)He was afflicted,
         And the (U)angel of His presence saved them;
         In His (V)love and in His mercy He (W)redeemed them,
         And He (X)lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
    10But they (Y)rebelled
         And grieved His (Z)Holy Spirit;
         Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy,
         He fought against them.
    11Then (AA)His people remembered the days of old, of Moses
         Where is (AB)He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock?
         Where is He who (AC)put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them,
    12Who caused His (AD)glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses,
         Who (AE)divided the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting name,
    13Who led them through the depths?
         Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not (AF)stumble;
    14As the cattle which go down into the valley,
         The Spirit of the (AG)LORD gave them rest
         So You (AH)led Your people,
         To make for Yourself a glorious name.

Cross references:Isaiah 63:1 : Ps 137:7; Is 34:5, 6; Ezek 25:12-14; 35:1-15; Obad 1-14; Mal 1:2-5 Isaiah 63:1 : Is 63:2 Isaiah 63:1 : Is 34:6; Jer 49:13; Amos 1:12 Isaiah 63:1 : Zeph 3:17 Isaiah 63:2 : Rev 19:13, 15 Isaiah 63:3 : Rev 14:20; 19:15 Isaiah 63:3 : Is 22:5; 28:3 Isaiah 63:3 : Mic 7:10 Isaiah 63:3 : Rev 19:13 Isaiah 63:4 : Is 34:8; 35:4; 61:2; Jer 51:6 Isaiah 63:5 : Is 59:16 Isaiah 63:5 : Ps 44:3; Is 40:10; 52:10 Isaiah 63:6 : Is 22:5; 34:2; 65:12 Isaiah 63:6 : Is 29:9; 51:17, 21 Isaiah 63:7 : Ps 25:6; 92:2; Is 54:8, 10 Isaiah 63:7 : 1 Kin 8:66; Neh 9:25, 35 Isaiah 63:7 : Ps 51:1; 86:5, 15; Is 54:7, 8; Eph 2:4 Isaiah 63:8 : Ex 6:7; Is 3:15; 51:4 Isaiah 63:8 : Is 60:16 Isaiah 63:9 : Judg 10:16 Isaiah 63:9 : Ex 23:20-23; 33:14, 15 Isaiah 63:9 : Deut 7:7, 8 Isaiah 63:9 : Is 43:1; 52:9 Isaiah 63:9 : Deut 1:31; 32:10-12; Is 46:3 Isaiah 63:10 : Ps 78:40; 106:33; Acts 7:51; Eph 4:30 Isaiah 63:10 : Ps 51:11; Is 63:11 Isaiah 63:11 : Ps 106:44, 45 Isaiah 63:11 : Is 51:10 Isaiah 63:11 : Num 11:17, 25, 29; Hag 2:5 Isaiah 63:12 : Ex 6:6; 15:16 Isaiah 63:12 : Ex 14:21, 22; Is 11:15; 51:10 Isaiah 63:13 : Jer 31:9 Isaiah 63:14 : Josh 21:44; 23:1 Isaiah 63:14 : Deut 32:12


Second Reading: Luke 2:21-40


Jesus Presented at the Temple

 21And when (A)eight days had passed, before His circumcision, (B)His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

 22(C)And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord

 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "(D)EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD"),

 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "(E)A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."

 25And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was (F)righteous and devout, (G)looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

 26And (H)it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (I)see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, (J)to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,

 28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
    29"Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
         (K)According to Your word;
    30For my eyes have (L)seen Your salvation,
    31Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
    32(M)A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,
         And the glory of Your people Israel."

 33And His father and (N)mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.

 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary (O)His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for (P)the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed--

 35and a sword will pierce even your own soul--to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."

 36And there was a (Q)prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of (R)the tribe of Asher She was advanced in years (S)and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

 37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with (T)fastings and prayers.

 38At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were (U)looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Return to Nazareth

 39When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to (V)their own city of Nazareth.

 40(W)The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Cross references:Luke 2:21 : Gen 17:12; Lev 12:3; Luke 1:59 Luke 2:21 : Matt 1:21, 25; Luke 1:31 Luke 2:22 : Lev 12:6-8 Luke 2:23 : Ex 13:2, 12; Num 3:13; 8:17 Luke 2:24 : Lev 5:11; 12:8 Luke 2:25 : Luke 1:6 Luke 2:25 : Mark 15:43; Luke 2:38; 23:51 Luke 2:26 : Matt 2:12 Luke 2:26 : Ps 89:48; John 8:51; Heb 11:5 Luke 2:27 : Luke 2:22 Luke 2:29 : Luke 2:26 Luke 2:30 : Ps 119:166, 174; Is 52:10; Luke 3:6 Luke 2:32 : Is 9:2; 42:6; 49:6, 9; 51:4; 60:1-3; Matt 4:16; Acts 13:47; 26:23 Luke 2:33 : Matt 12:46 Luke 2:34 : Matt 12:46 Luke 2:34 : Matt 21:44; 1 Cor 1:23; 2 Cor 2:16; 1 Pet 2:8 Luke 2:36 : Luke 2:38; Acts 21:9 Luke 2:36 : Josh 19:24 Luke 2:36 : 1 Tim 5:9 Luke 2:37 : Luke 5:33; Acts 13:3; 14:23; 1 Tim 5:5 Luke 2:38 : Luke 1:68; 2:25 Luke 2:39 : Matt 2:23; Luke 1:26; 2:51; 4:16 Luke 2:40 : Luke 1:80; 2:52


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