January 11th, 2019

Friday of Sunday after New Years


First Reading: Ezek. 33:1-20


The Watchman's Duty

 1And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

 2"Son of man, speak to the (A)sons of your people and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman,

 3and he sees the sword coming upon the land and (B)blows on the trumpet and warns the people,

 4then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and (C)does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his (D)blood will be on his own head.

 5'He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have (E)delivered his life.

 6'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is (F)taken away in his iniquity; but his (G)blood I will require from the watchman's hand.'

 7"Now as for you, son of man, I have (H)appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them (I)warning from Me.

 8"When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will (J)surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.

 9"But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he (K)does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have (L)delivered your life.

 10"Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'Thus you have spoken, saying, "Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are (M)rotting away in them; (N)how then can we survive?"'

 11"Say to them, '(O)As I live!' declares the Lord GOD, 'I take (P)no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked (Q)turn from his way and live (R)Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?'

 12"And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, 'The (S)righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will (T)not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.'

 13"When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he (U)commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die.

 14"But when I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and he (V)turns from his sin and practices (W)justice and righteousness,

 15if a wicked man restores a pledge, (X)pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the (Y)statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

 16"(Z)None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he shall surely live.

 17"Yet your fellow citizens say, 'The way of the Lord is not right,' when it is their own way that is not right.

 18"When the righteous turns from his righteousness and (AA)commits iniquity, then he shall die in it.

 19"But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them.

 20"Yet you say, '(AB)The way of the Lord is not right.' O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways."

Cross references:Ezekiel 33:2 : Ezek 3:11; 33:12, 17, 30; 37:18 Ezekiel 33:3 : Neh 4:18-20; Is 58:1; Ezek 33:9; Hos 8:1; Joel 2:1 Ezekiel 33:4 : 2 Chr 25:16; Jer 6:17; Zech 1:4 Ezekiel 33:4 : Ezek 18:13; 33:5, 9; Acts 18:6 Ezekiel 33:5 : Ex 9:19-21; Heb 11:7 Ezekiel 33:6 : Ezek 18:20, 24; 33:8, 9 Ezekiel 33:6 : Ezek 3:18, 20 Ezekiel 33:7 : Is 62:6; Ezek 3:17-21 Ezekiel 33:7 : Jer 1:17; 26:2; Ezek 2:7, 8; Acts 5:20 Ezekiel 33:8 : Is 3:11; Ezek 18:4, 13, 18, 20; 33:14 Ezekiel 33:9 : Acts 13:40, 41, 46 Ezekiel 33:9 : Ezek 3:19, 21; Acts 20:26 Ezekiel 33:10 : Lev 26:39; Ezek 4:17; 24:23 Ezekiel 33:10 : Is 49:14; Ezek 37:11 Ezekiel 33:11 : Is 49:18; Ezek 5:11 Ezekiel 33:11 : Ezek 18:23, 32; Hos 11:8 Ezekiel 33:11 : Jer 31:20; 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9 Ezekiel 33:11 : Is 55:6, 7; Jer 3:22; Ezek 18:30, 31; Hos 14:1; Acts 3:19 Ezekiel 33:12 : Ezek 3:18; 18:24; 33:20 Ezekiel 33:12 : 2 Chr 7:14; Ezek 18:21; 33:19 Ezekiel 33:13 : Ezek 18:26; Heb 10:38; 2 Pet 2:20, 21 Ezekiel 33:14 : Is 55:7; Jer 18:7, 8; Ezek 18:27; 33:8, 19; Hos 14:1, 4 Ezekiel 33:14 : Mic 6:8 Ezekiel 33:15 : Ex 22:1-4; Lev 6:4, 5; Luke 19:8 Ezekiel 33:15 : Ps 119:59; 143:8; Ezek 20:11 Ezekiel 33:16 : Is 1:18; 43:25; Ezek 18:22 Ezekiel 33:18 : Ezek 3:20; 18:24; 33:12, 13 Ezekiel 33:20 : Ezek 18:25


Second Reading: Rom. 3:1-18


All the World Guilty

 1Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?

 2Great in every respect. First of all, that (A)they were entrusted with the (B)oracles of God.

 3What then? If (C)some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?

 4(D)May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found (E)a liar, as it is written,
         "(F)THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS,
         AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED."

 5But if our unrighteousness (G)demonstrates the righteousness of God, (H)what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? ((I)I am speaking in human terms.)

 6(J)May it never be! For otherwise, how will (K)God judge the world?

 7But if through my lie (L)the truth of God abounded to His glory, (M)why am I also still being judged as a sinner?

 8And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "(N)Let us do evil that good may come"? Their condemnation is just.

 9What then? (O)Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both (P)Jews and (Q)Greeks are (R)all under sin;

 10as it is written,
         "(S)THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
    11THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS,
         THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
    12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
         THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,
         THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE."
    13"(T)THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,
         WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,"
         "(U)THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS";
    14"(V)WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS";
    15"(W)THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
    16DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
    17AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN."
    18"(X)THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."

Cross references:Romans 3:2 : Deut 4:8; Ps 147:19; Rom 9:4 Romans 3:2 : Acts 7:38 Romans 3:3 : Rom 10:16; Heb 4:2 Romans 3:4 : Luke 20:16; Rom 3:6, 31 Romans 3:4 : Ps 116:11; Rom 3:7 Romans 3:4 : Ps 51:4 Romans 3:5 : Rom 5:8; 2 Cor 6:4; 7:11 Romans 3:5 : Rom 4:1; 7:7; 8:31; 9:14, 30 Romans 3:5 : Rom 6:19; 1 Cor 9:8; 15:32; Gal 3:15 Romans 3:6 : Luke 20:16; Rom 3:4, 31 Romans 3:6 : Rom 2:16 Romans 3:7 : Rom 3:4 Romans 3:7 : Rom 9:19 Romans 3:8 : Rom 6:1 Romans 3:9 : Rom 3:1 Romans 3:9 : Rom 2:1-29 Romans 3:9 : Rom 1:18-32 Romans 3:9 : Rom 3:19, 23; 11:32; Gal 3:22 Romans 3:10 : Ps 14:1-3; 53:1-3 Romans 3:13 : Ps 5:9 Romans 3:13 : Ps 140:3 Romans 3:14 : Ps 10:7 Romans 3:15 : Is 59:7 Romans 3:18 : Ps 36:1


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