January 9th, 2019

Wednesday of Sunday after New Years

First Reading: Ezek. 3:12-27

 12(A) Then the Spirit[a] lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice[b] of(B) a great earthquake: "Blessed be the glory of the LORD from its place!" 13It was the sound of the wings of(C) the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of(D) a great earthquake. 14(E) The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the(F) hand of the LORD being strong upon me. 15(G) And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling(H) by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling.[c] And(I) I sat there(J) overwhelmed among them seven days.

A Watchman for Israel
 16(K) And at the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me: 17(L) "Son of man,(M) I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall(N) give them warning from me. 18(O) If I say to the wicked,(P) 'You shall surely die,'(Q) and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person(R) shall die for[d] his iniquity,(S) but his blood I will require at your hand. 19(T) But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity,(U) but you(V) will have delivered your soul. 20(W) Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice,(X) and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die.(Y) Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin,(Z) and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul."

 22(AA) And the hand of the LORD was upon me there. And he said to me, "Arise, go out into(AB) the valley,[e] and(AC) there I will speak with you." 23So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold,(AD) the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory that I had seen(AE) by the Chebar canal, and I fell on my face. 24(AF) But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, "Go, shut yourself within your house. 25And you, O son of man, behold,(AG) cords will be placed upon you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people. 26And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that(AH) you shall be mute and unable to reprove them,(AI) for they are a rebellious house. 27(AJ) But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them,(AK) 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'(AL) He who will hear, let him hear; and he who will refuse to hear, let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.

Footnotes:Ezekiel 3:12 Or the wind; also verse 14 Ezekiel 3:12 Or sound Ezekiel 3:15 Or Chebar, and to where they dwelt Ezekiel 3:18 Or in; also verses 19, 20 Ezekiel 3:22 Or plain; also verse 23
Cross references:Ezekiel 3:12 : Ezekiel 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5; Ezekiel 37:1 Ezekiel 3:12 : Ezekiel 1:24 Ezekiel 3:13 : Ezekiel 1:5, 15 Ezekiel 3:13 : Ezekiel 1:24 Ezekiel 3:14 : Ezekiel 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5; Ezekiel 37:1 Ezekiel 3:14 : Ezekiel 1:3 Ezekiel 3:15 : Ezekiel 1:1 Ezekiel 3:15 : Job 2:13; Psalm 137:1; Lam 2:10 Ezekiel 3:15 : Ezekiel 4:17; Isa 52:14; Jer 14:9 Ezekiel 3:15 : Gen 50:10; 1 Sam 31:13 Ezekiel 3:16 : Jer 42:7 Ezekiel 3:17 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 3:17 : Ezekiel 33:7; Isa 52:8; 56:10; Jer 6:17; Heb 13:17 Ezekiel 3:17 : 2 Chr 19:10; 2 Kgs 6:10; Ezekiel 3:18-21; Ezekiel 33:4-6 Ezekiel 3:18 : Ezekiel 33:8 Ezekiel 3:18 : Gen 2:17 Ezekiel 3:18 : Ezekiel 3:17 Ezekiel 3:18 : Ezekiel 18:18; Jer 31:30; John 8:21, 24 Ezekiel 3:18 : Ezekiel 3:20; Ezekiel 33:6, 8; 34:10; Ezekiel 18:13; Acts 18:6; 20:26 Ezekiel 3:19 : Ezekiel 33:9 Ezekiel 3:19 : 1 Tim 4:16 Ezekiel 3:19 : Ezekiel 14:14, 20 Ezekiel 3:20 : Ezekiel 18:24 Ezekiel 3:20 : Jer 6:21 Ezekiel 3:20 : Ezekiel 3:17 Ezekiel 3:20 : Ezekiel 3:18 Ezekiel 3:22 : Ezekiel 1:3 Ezekiel 3:22 : Ezekiel 8:4; 37:1; Gen 11:2 Ezekiel 3:22 : Acts 9:6; 22:10 Ezekiel 3:23 : Ezekiel 1:28 Ezekiel 3:23 : Ezekiel 1:1 Ezekiel 3:24 : Ezekiel 2:2 Ezekiel 3:25 : Ezekiel 4:8 Ezekiel 3:26 : Isa 8:16 Ezekiel 3:26 : Ezekiel 2:3 Ezekiel 3:27 : Ezekiel 24:27; 29:21 Ezekiel 3:27 : Ezekiel 3:11 Ezekiel 3:27 : Rev 22:11

Second Reading: Rom. 2:1-16

God’s Righteous Judgment

 1Therefore you have(A) no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For(B) in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4Or do you presume on(C) the riches of his kindness and(D) forbearance and(E) patience,(F) not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are(G) storing up(H) wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

 6(I) He will render to each one according to his works: 7to those who(J) by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8but for those who are self-seeking[a] and(K) do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9There will be tribulation and distress(L) for every human being who does evil, the Jew(M) first and also the Greek, 10but glory and honor and(N) peace for everyone who does good,(O) the Jew first and also the Greek. 11For(P) God shows no partiality.

God’s Judgment and the Law

 12For all who have sinned(Q) without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13For(R) it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14For when Gentiles, who do not have the law,(S) by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the work of the law is(T) written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16(U) on that day when,(V) according to my gospel, God judges(W) the secrets of men(X) by Christ Jesus.

Footnotes:Romans 2:8 Or contentious
Cross references:Romans 2:1 : Romans 1:20 Romans 2:1 : 2 Sam 12:5-7; John 8:7; Matt 7:2 Romans 2:4 : Romans 9:23; 10:12 Romans 2:4 : Romans 3:25 Romans 2:4 : Romans 9:22; Exodus 34:6 Romans 2:4 : Isa 30:18; 2 Pet 3:9, 15; Rev 2:21 Romans 2:5 : Deut 32:34; James 5:3 Romans 2:5 : Psalm 110:5 Romans 2:6 : Job 34:11; Psalm 62:12; Prov 24:12; Jer 17:10; 32:19; Matt 16:27 Romans 2:7 : Luke 8:15 Romans 2:8 : 2 Thess 2:12 Romans 2:9 : Ezek 18:20 Romans 2:9 : 1 Pet 4:17 Romans 2:10 : Isa 57:19 Romans 2:10 : Romans 1:16 Romans 2:11 : Acts 10:34 Romans 2:12 : 1 Cor 9:21 Romans 2:13 : James 1:22, 23 Romans 2:14 : Romans 1:19 Romans 2:15 : Jer 31:33 Romans 2:16 : Romans 3:6; 14:10; 1 Cor 4:5; Acts 10:42; 17:31 Romans 2:16 : Romans 16:25; 2 Tim 2:8; Gal 1:11; 1 Tim 1:11 Romans 2:16 : Eccles 12:14 Romans 2:16 : Romans 16:25; 1 Tim 1:11; 2 Tim 2:8


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