January 8th, 2019

Tuesday of Sunday after New Years

First Reading: Ezek. 2:1-3:11

Ezekiel’s Call

 1And he said to me,(A) "Son of man,[a](B) stand on your feet, and I will speak with you." 2And as he spoke to me,(C) the Spirit entered into me and(D) set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 3And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to(E) nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me.(F) They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. 4The descendants also are(G) impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' 5And(H) whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are(I) a rebellious house)(J) they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6And you, son of man,(K) be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words,(L) though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on(M) scorpions.[b] Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 7And you shall speak my words to them,(N) whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

 8"But you, son of man, hear what I say to you.(O) Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and(P) eat what I give you." 9And when I looked, behold,(Q) a hand was stretched out to me, and behold,(R) a scroll of a book was in it. 10And he spread it before me. And it had writing(S) on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

 1And he said to me,(T) "Son of man, eat whatever you find here.(U) Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." 2So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3And he said to me, "Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it."(V) Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth(W) as sweet as honey.

 4And he said to me,(X) "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them. 5For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel— 6not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand.(Y) Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you. 7(Z) But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel(AA) have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. 8(AB) Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9Like(AC) emery harder than flint have I made your forehead.(AD) Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house." 10Moreover, he said to me, "Son of man,(AE) all my words that I shall speak to you receive(AF) in your heart, and hear with your ears. 11And go to the exiles,(AG) to your people, and speak to them and say to them,(AH) 'Thus says the Lord GOD,'(AI) whether they hear or refuse to hear."

Footnotes:Ezekiel 2:1 Or Son of Adam; so throughout Ezekiel Ezekiel 2:6 Or on scorpion plants
Cross references:Ezekiel 2:1 : Ezekiel 3:1, 3, 4, 17, 25; 4:1, 16; 5:1 Ezekiel 2:1 : Dan 10:11 Ezekiel 2:2 : Ezekiel 3:24 Ezekiel 2:2 : Ezekiel 3:24; Dan 8:18 Ezekiel 2:3 : Ezekiel 2:5, 6, 8; Ezekiel 3:26; 24:3; 44:6 Ezekiel 2:3 : Ezekiel 20:16, 18, 21 Ezekiel 2:4 : Ezekiel 3:7 Ezekiel 2:5 : Ezekiel 3:11; Ezekiel 3:27; 17:12 Ezekiel 2:5 : Ezekiel 2:3 Ezekiel 2:5 : Ezekiel 33:33 Ezekiel 2:6 : Ezekiel 3:9; Jer 1:8 Ezekiel 2:6 : Ezekiel 28:24; 2 Sam 23:6; Mic 7:4 Ezekiel 2:6 : Deut 8:15 Ezekiel 2:7 : Ezekiel 2:5 Ezekiel 2:8 : Isa 50:5 Ezekiel 2:8 : Rev 10:9; Ezekiel 3:1, 3 Ezekiel 2:9 : Ezekiel 8:3; Dan 10:10; Rev 10:2 Ezekiel 2:9 : Jer 36:2 Ezekiel 2:10 : Rev 5:1 Ezekiel 3:1 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 3:1 : Ezekiel 2:8 Ezekiel 3:3 : Jer 15:16; Rev 10:9, 10 Ezekiel 3:3 : Psalm 19:10; 119:103 Ezekiel 3:4 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 3:6 : Matt 11:21, 23 Ezekiel 3:7 : John 15:20 Ezekiel 3:7 : Ezekiel 2:4 Ezekiel 3:8 : Jer 1:18 Ezekiel 3:9 : Isa 50:7 Ezekiel 3:9 : Ezekiel 2:6 Ezekiel 3:10 : Jer 26:2 Ezekiel 3:10 : Ezekiel 3:3 Ezekiel 3:11 : Ezekiel 33:2, 12, 17, 30 Ezekiel 3:11 : Ezekiel 3:27 Ezekiel 3:11 : Ezekiel 2:7

Second Reading: Rom. 1:18-32

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

 18For(A) the wrath of God(B) is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be(C) known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature,(D) have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they(E) became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22(F) Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and(G) exchanged the glory of(H) the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

 24Therefore(I) God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to(J) the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for(K) a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,(L) who is blessed forever! Amen.

 26For this reason(M) God gave them up to(N) dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another,(O) men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

 28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God,(P) God gave them up to(Q) a debased mind to do(R) what ought not to be done. 29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Though they know(S) God’s decree that those who practice such things(T) deserve to die, they not only do them but(U) give approval to those who practice them.

Cross references:Romans 1:18 : Eph 5:6; Col 3:6; Romans 5:9 Romans 1:18 : Romans 2:5 Romans 1:19 : Romans 2:14, 15; Acts 14:17; 17:24-27 Romans 1:20 : Psalm 19:1-6; Jer 5:21, 22 Romans 1:21 : 2 Kgs 17:15; Jer 2:5; Eph 4:17, 18 Romans 1:22 : Jer 10:14; 1 Cor 1:20 Romans 1:23 : Psalm 106:20; Jer 2:11; Deut 4:16-18; Acts 17:29 Romans 1:23 : 1 Tim 1:17 Romans 1:24 : Romans 1:26, 28; Eph 4:19 Romans 1:24 : 1 Thess 4:4 Romans 1:25 : Isa 28:15; 44:19, 20; Jer 10:14; Amos 2:4; 2 Thess 2:11 Romans 1:25 : Romans 9:5 Romans 1:26 : Romans 1:24, 28 Romans 1:26 : Col 3:5; 1 Thess 4:5 Romans 1:27 : Lev 18:22; 20:13 Romans 1:28 : Romans 1:24, 26 Romans 1:28 : Jer 6:30 Romans 1:28 : Eph 5:4 Romans 1:32 : Romans 2:26; 8:4 Romans 1:32 : Romans 6:21 Romans 1:32 : Luke 11:48; Acts 8:1; 22:20; 1 Cor 13:6; 2 Thess 2:12


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