January 5th, 2019

Christmastide XII


First Reading: Is. 65:8-25


 8Thus says the LORD:(A) "As the new wine is found in the cluster,
   and they say, 'Do not destroy it,
   for there is a blessing in it,'so I will do for my servants’ sake,
   (B) and not destroy them all. 9(C) I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,
   and from Judah possessors of my mountains;my chosen shall possess it,
   and my servants shall dwell there. 10(D) Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks,
   and(E) the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down,
   for my people(F) who have sought me. 11But(G) you who forsake the LORD,
   who forget(H) my holy mountain,who(I) set a table for Fortune
   and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny, 12I will destine you to the sword,
   and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter,(J) because, when I called, you did not answer;
   when I spoke, you did not listen,(K) but you did what was evil in my eyes
   and chose what I did not delight in."

 13Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:"Behold,(L) my servants shall eat,
   but you shall be hungry;behold, my servants shall drink,
   but you shall be thirsty;behold, my servants shall rejoice,
   but you shall be put to shame; 14behold,(M) my servants shall sing for gladness of heart,
   but you shall cry out for pain of heart
   and shall wail for breaking of spirit. 15You shall leave your name to(N) my chosen(O) for a curse,
   and the Lord GOD will put you to death,
   but his servants(P) he will call by another name. 16So that he who(Q) blesses himself in the land
   shall bless himself by(R) the God of truth,and he who takes an oath in the land
   shall swear by(S) the God of truth;because the former troubles are forgotten
   and are hidden from my eyes.

New Heavens and a New Earth
 17"For behold,(T) I create new heavens
   and a new earth,and the former things shall not be remembered
   or come into mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever
   in that which I create;for behold,(U) I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
   and her people to be a gladness. 19(V) I will rejoice in Jerusalem
   and be glad in my people;(W) no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
   and the cry of distress. 20No more shall there be in it
   an infant who lives but a few days,
   or an old man who does not fill out his days,for(X) the young man shall die a hundred years old,
   and(Y) the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. 21(Z) They shall build houses and inhabit them;
   they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22(AA) They shall not build and another inhabit;
   they shall not plant and another eat;(AB) for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
   and my chosen shall long enjoy[a] the work of their hands. 23(AC) They shall not labor in vain
   (AD) or bear children for calamity,[b]for(AE) they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD,
   and their descendants with them. 24(AF) Before they call I will answer;
   (AG) while they are yet speaking I will hear. 25(AH) The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
   the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
   and(AI) dust shall be the serpent’s food.(AJ) They shall not hurt or destroy
   in all my holy mountain,"
         says the LORD.

Footnotes:Isaiah 65:22 Hebrew shall wear out Isaiah 65:23 Or for sudden terror
Cross references:Isaiah 65:8 : Isaiah 17:6 Isaiah 65:8 : Isaiah 2:21 Isaiah 65:9 : Isaiah 27:6; 37:31 Isaiah 65:10 : Isaiah 33:9; 35:2 Isaiah 65:10 : Hos 2:15; Josh 7:26 Isaiah 65:10 : Isaiah 51:1 Isaiah 65:11 : Josh 24:20 Isaiah 65:11 : Isaiah 65:25; Joel 3:17 Isaiah 65:11 : Ezek 23:41; 1 Cor 10:21 Isaiah 65:12 : Isaiah 66:4; Prov 1:24; Jer 7:13 Isaiah 65:12 : Isaiah 66:4 Isaiah 65:13 : Isaiah 55:1; Psalm 22:26 Isaiah 65:14 : Psalm 5:11 Isaiah 65:15 : Isaiah 65:9 Isaiah 65:15 : Deut 28:37; Jer 29:22; Zech 8:13 Isaiah 65:15 : Isaiah 62:2 Isaiah 65:16 : Jer 4:2 Isaiah 65:16 : Deut 32:4 Isaiah 65:16 : Isaiah 43:18, 19 Isaiah 65:17 : Isaiah 66:22; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21:1 Isaiah 65:18 : Jer 31:7 Isaiah 65:19 : Isaiah 62:5; 66:10 Isaiah 65:19 : Isaiah 35:10; Rev 21:4 Isaiah 65:20 : Prov 3:2 Isaiah 65:20 : Eccles 8:12 Isaiah 65:21 : Ezek 28:26; Deut 28:30 Isaiah 65:22 : Isaiah 65:21 Isaiah 65:22 : Psalm 92:12-14 Isaiah 65:23 : Isaiah 49:4 Isaiah 65:23 : Deut 28:41 Isaiah 65:23 : Isaiah 61:9; Psalm 115:12-15 Isaiah 65:24 : Psalm 32:5 Isaiah 65:24 : Dan 9:21 Isaiah 65:25 : Isaiah 11:6, 7 Isaiah 65:25 : Gen 3:14; Mic 7:17 Isaiah 65:25 : Isaiah 11:9


Second Reading: Luke 3:1-20


John the Baptist Prepares the Way

 1In the fifteenth year of the reign of(A) Tiberius Caesar,(B) Pontius Pilate(C) being governor of Judea, and(D) Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2during(E) the high priesthood of Annas and(F) Caiaphas,(G) the word of God came to(H) John the son of Zechariah in(I) the wilderness. 3And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming(J) a baptism of repentance(K) for the forgiveness of sins. 4As it is written in(L) the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
   (M) "The voice of one crying in the wilderness:(N) 'Prepare the way of the Lord,[a]
   make his paths straight. 5(O) Every valley shall be filled,
   (P) and every mountain and hill shall be made low,(Q) and the crooked shall become straight,
   and the rough places shall become level ways, 6(R) and all flesh shall see(S) the salvation of God.'"

 7He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him,(T) "You brood of(U) vipers! Who warned you to flee from(V) the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits(W) in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves,(X) 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from(Y) these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees.(Z) Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

 10And the crowds asked him,(AA) "What then shall we do?" 11And he answered them,(AB) "Whoever has two tunics[b] is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise." 12(AC) Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, "Teacher,(AD) what shall we do?" 13And he said to them,(AE) "Collect no more than you are authorized to do." 14Soldiers also asked him, "And we,(AF) what shall we do?" And he said to them,(AG) "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your(AH) wages."

 15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John,(AI) whether he might be(AJ) the Christ, 16(AK) John answered them all, saying, "I baptize you with water, but(AL) he who is mightier than I is coming,(AM) the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you(AN) with the Holy Spirit and with(AO) fire. 17His(AP) winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to(AQ) gather the wheat into his barn,(AR) but the chaff he will burn with(AS) unquenchable fire."

 18So(AT) with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But(AU) Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that(AV) he locked up John in prison.

Footnotes:Luke 3:4 Or crying, Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord Luke 3:11 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
Cross references:Luke 3:1 : Luke 2:1 Luke 3:1 : Matt 27:2 Luke 3:1 : Luke 2:2 Luke 3:1 : Luke 3:19; Luke 8:3; 9:7, 9; 13:31; 23:7; Matt 14:1; Acts 4:27; 13:1; Mark 6:14 Luke 3:2 : John 18:13, 24; Acts 4:6 Luke 3:2 : Matt 26:3 Luke 3:2 : For Luke 3:2-17, Matt 3:1-12; Mark 1:2-8 Luke 3:2 : John 1:6, 7 Luke 3:2 : Luke 1:80; Josh 15:61; Judg 1:16 Luke 3:3 : Acts 2:38 Luke 3:3 : Matt 26:28; Luke 1:77 Luke 3:4 : Luke 4:17; Acts 8:28 Luke 3:4 : John 1:23; Isa 40:3-5 Luke 3:4 : Luke 1:76 Luke 3:5 : Isa 57:14 Luke 3:5 : Isa 49:11; Zech 4:7 Luke 3:5 : Isa 42:16; 45:2 Luke 3:6 : Isa 52:10; Psalm 98:2, 3 Luke 3:6 : Luke 2:30; Acts 28:28; Luke 1:69, 71, 77; Titus 2:11 Luke 3:7 : Matt 12:34; 23:33 Luke 3:7 : Psalm 140:3 Luke 3:7 : Rom 5:9; Eph 5:6; Col 3:6; 1 Thess 1:10 Luke 3:8 : Acts 26:20 Luke 3:8 : John 8:39 Luke 3:8 : Luke 4:3 Luke 3:9 : Luke 13:7, 9; Matt 7:19; John 15:2, 6 Luke 3:10 : Acts 2:37; 16:30; 22:10 Luke 3:11 : Isa 58:7; Dan 4:27; Eph 4:28; James 2:15, 16; 1 John 3:17; Luke 18:22 Luke 3:12 : Luke 7:29; Matt 21:32 Luke 3:12 : Luke 3:10 Luke 3:13 : Luke 19:8 Luke 3:14 : Luke 3:10 Luke 3:14 : Luke 3:13 Luke 3:14 : 1 Cor 9:7 (Gk) Luke 3:15 : John 1:19, 20 Luke 3:15 : Matt 1:17 Luke 3:16 : John 1:26; Acts 1:5 Luke 3:16 : John 1:15, 27; 3:30, 31; Acts 13:25 Luke 3:16 : Isa 5:27 Luke 3:16 : John 1:33; Acts 11:16 Luke 3:16 : Mal 3:2, 3; Acts 2:3 Luke 3:17 : Isa 30:24 Luke 3:17 : Matt 13:30 Luke 3:17 : Mal 4:1 Luke 3:17 : Mark 9:43, 48 Luke 3:18 : John 20:30; 21:25 Luke 3:19 : Matt 14:3; Mark 6:17, 18; Luke 3:1 Luke 3:20 : John 3:24


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