January 11th, 2019

Friday of Sunday after New Years

First Reading: Ezek. 33:1-20

Ezekiel Is Israel’s Watchman

 1The word of the LORD came to me: 2(A) "Son of man, speak to(B) your people and say to them, If(C) I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their(D) watchman, 3and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and(E) blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away,(F) his blood shall be upon his own head. 5(G) He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6(H) But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

 7(I) "So you,(J) son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8(K) If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9(L) But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way,(M) that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

Why Will You Die, Israel?

 10"And you,(N) son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: 'Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and(O) we rot away because of them.(P) How then can we live?' 11Say to them,(Q) As I live, declares the Lord GOD,(R) I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live;(S) turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

 12(T) "And you, son of man, say to(U) your people,(V) The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses,(W) and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness[a] when he sins. 13Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet(X) if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die. 14Again,(Y) though I say to the wicked,(Z) 'You shall surely die,' yet(AA) if he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, 15if the wicked(AB) restores the pledge,(AC) gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks(AD) in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16(AE) None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

 17"Yet(AF) your people say,(AG) 'The way of the Lord is not just,' when it is their own way that is not just. 18(AH) When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it. 19And(AI) when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this. 20Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' O house of Israel,(AJ) I will judge each of you according to his ways."

Footnotes:Ezekiel 33:12 Hebrew by it
Cross references:Ezekiel 33:2 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 33:2 : Ezekiel 33:12, 17, 30; Ezekiel 3:11; 37:18 Ezekiel 33:2 : Ezekiel 14:17 Ezekiel 33:2 : Mic 7:4 Ezekiel 33:3 : Amos 3:6 Ezekiel 33:4 : Ezekiel 18:13; Ezekiel 3:18 Ezekiel 33:5 : Ezekiel 3:19 Ezekiel 33:6 : Ezekiel 3:18 Ezekiel 33:7 : Ezekiel 3:17 Ezekiel 33:7 : Ezekiel 33:2 Ezekiel 33:8 : Ezekiel 33:6 Ezekiel 33:9 : Ezekiel 33:4 Ezekiel 33:9 : Ezekiel 3:19; 1 Tim 4:16 Ezekiel 33:10 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 33:10 : Ezekiel 4:17 Ezekiel 33:10 : Ezekiel 37:11; Isa 49:14 Ezekiel 33:11 : Ezekiel 16:48 Ezekiel 33:11 : Ezekiel 18:23 Ezekiel 33:11 : Ezekiel 18:31 Ezekiel 33:12 : Ezekiel 33:2 Ezekiel 33:12 : Ezekiel 33:2 Ezekiel 33:12 : Ezekiel 33:18; Ezekiel 18:24 Ezekiel 33:12 : 2 Chr 7:14 Ezekiel 33:13 : Ezekiel 33:12 Ezekiel 33:14 : Ezekiel 3:18 Ezekiel 33:14 : Gen 2:17 Ezekiel 33:14 : Ezekiel 18:27 Ezekiel 33:15 : Ezekiel 18:7 Ezekiel 33:15 : Lev 6:2, 4, 5; Luke 19:8 Ezekiel 33:15 : Ezekiel 20:11 Ezekiel 33:16 : Ezekiel 18:22 Ezekiel 33:17 : Ezekiel 33:12 Ezekiel 33:17 : Ezekiel 18:25, 29 Ezekiel 33:18 : Ezekiel 33:12, 13; Ezekiel 18:26 Ezekiel 33:19 : Ezekiel 18:27; Ezekiel 33:11, 12 Ezekiel 33:20 : Ezekiel 18:30

Second Reading: Rom. 3:1-18

God’s Righteousness Upheld

 1Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2Much in every way. To begin with,(A) the Jews were entrusted with(B) the oracles of God. 3(C) What if some were unfaithful?(D) Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4By no means!(E) Let God be true though(F) every one were a liar, as it is written,
   (G) "That you may be justified in your words,
   and prevail when you(H) are judged."

 5But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict(I) wrath on us? ((J) I speak in a human way.) 6By no means! For then how could(K) God judge the world? 7But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory,(L) why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8And why not(M) do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.

No One Is Righteous

 9What then? Are we Jews[a] any better off?[b] No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both(N) Jews and(O) Greeks, are(P) under sin, 10as it is written:
   (Q) "None is righteous, no, not one;
 11no one understands;
   no one seeks for God. 12All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
   no one does good,
   not even one." 13(R) "Their throat is(S) an open grave;
   they use their tongues to deceive."(T) "The venom of asps is under their lips."
 14(U) "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." 15(V) "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
 16in their paths are ruin and misery, 17and(W) the way of peace they have not known."
 18(X) "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Footnotes:Romans 3:9 Greek Are we Romans 3:9 Or at any disadvantage?
Cross references:Romans 3:2 : Deut 4:8; Psalm 147:19, 20; John 4:22 Romans 3:2 : Acts 7:38 Romans 3:3 : Romans 10:16; Heb 4:2 Romans 3:3 : Romans 9:6; 2 Tim 2:13 Romans 3:4 : John 8:26 Romans 3:4 : Psalm 62:9; 116:11; Romans 3:7 Romans 3:4 : Psalm 51:4 (Gk) Romans 3:4 : Job 9:32 Romans 3:5 : Romans 2:5 Romans 3:5 : Romans 6:19; 1 Cor 9:8; Gal 3:15; 1 Cor 15:32 Romans 3:6 : Gen 18:25; Job 8:3; Romans 2:16 Romans 3:7 : Romans 9:19 Romans 3:8 : Romans 6:1, 15 Romans 3:9 : Romans 2:1-29 Romans 3:9 : Romans 1:18-32 Romans 3:9 : Gal 3:22; Romans 3:19, 23; Romans 11:32; Prov 20:9 Romans 3:10 : Romans 3:10-12, Psalm 14:1-3; 53:1-3 Romans 3:13 : Psalm 5:9 Romans 3:13 : Jer 5:16 Romans 3:13 : Psalm 140:3 Romans 3:14 : Psalm 10:7 (Gk) Romans 3:15 : Prov 1:16; Romans 3:15-17, Isa 59:7, 8 Romans 3:17 : Luke 1:79 Romans 3:18 : Psalm 36:1


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