January 14th, 2019

Monday of The Baptism of Our Lord

First Reading: Ezek. 36:33-37:14

 33"Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that(A) I cleanse you from all your iniquities,(B) I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35And they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like(C) the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.' 36Then(D) the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and(E) replanted that which was desolate.(F) I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.

 37"Thus says the Lord GOD: This also(G) I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them:(H) to increase their people like(I) a flock. 38Like the flock for sacrifices,[a](J) like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so(K) shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of people.(L) Then they will know that I am the LORD."

The Valley of Dry Bones
 1(M) The hand of the LORD was upon me, and(N) he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley;[b] it was full of bones. 2And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3And he said to me,(O) "Son of man,(P) can these bones live?" And(Q) I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." 4Then he said to me,(R) "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them,(S) O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause(T) breath[c] to enter you, and you shall live. 6(U) And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and(V) cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD."

 7So I prophesied(W) as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold,(X) a rattling,[d] and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But(Y) there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me,(Z) "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy,(AA) son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from(AB) the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live." 10So I prophesied(AC) as he commanded me, and(AD) the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

 11Then he said to me,(AE) "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up, and(AF) our hope is lost;(AG) we are indeed cut off.' 12Therefore(AH) prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold,(AI) I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And(AJ) I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13And(AK) you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14And(AL) I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD;(AM) I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD."

Footnotes:Ezekiel 36:38 Hebrew flock of holy things Ezekiel 37:1 Or plain; also verse 2 Ezekiel 37:5 Or spirit; also verses 6, 9, 10 Ezekiel 37:7 Or an earthquake (compare 3:12, 13)
Cross references:Ezekiel 36:33 : Ezekiel 36:25 Ezekiel 36:33 : Ezekiel 36:9, 10 Ezekiel 36:35 : Isa 51:3 Ezekiel 36:36 : Psalm 126:2 Ezekiel 36:36 : Ezekiel 34:29 Ezekiel 36:36 : Ezekiel 17:24 Ezekiel 36:37 : Ezekiel 14:3 Ezekiel 36:37 : Ezekiel 36:10 Ezekiel 36:37 : Ezekiel 34:31 Ezekiel 36:38 : 2 Chr 35:7 Ezekiel 36:38 : Ezekiel 36:33 Ezekiel 36:38 : Ezekiel 6:7 Ezekiel 37:1 : Ezekiel 1:3 Ezekiel 37:1 : Ezekiel 3:12 Ezekiel 37:3 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 37:3 : 1 Cor 15:35 Ezekiel 37:3 : Deut 32:39; John 5:21 Ezekiel 37:4 : Ezekiel 6:2 Ezekiel 37:4 : John 5:28 Ezekiel 37:5 : Gen 2:7 Ezekiel 37:6 : Ezekiel 37:8 Ezekiel 37:6 : Ezekiel 6:7 Ezekiel 37:7 : Ezekiel 12:7; 24:18 Ezekiel 37:7 : 1 Kgs 19:11 Ezekiel 37:8 : Ezekiel 37:5 Ezekiel 37:9 : Ezekiel 37:4 Ezekiel 37:9 : Ezekiel 37:3 Ezekiel 37:9 : Dan 7:2; 11:4; Rev 7:1 Ezekiel 37:10 : Ezekiel 37:7 Ezekiel 37:10 : Rev 11:11 Ezekiel 37:11 : Ezekiel 37:3 Ezekiel 37:11 : Ezekiel 33:10; Isa 49:14 Ezekiel 37:11 : Lam 3:54 Ezekiel 37:12 : Ezekiel 37:4 Ezekiel 37:12 : Isa 26:19; Hos 13:14 Ezekiel 37:12 : Ezekiel 37:21, 25; Ezekiel 36:24 Ezekiel 37:13 : Ezekiel 6:7 Ezekiel 37:14 : Ezekiel 36:27 Ezekiel 37:14 : Ezekiel 17:24

Second Reading: Rom. 5:1-21

Peace with God Through Faith

 1(A) Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,(B) we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also(C) obtained access by faith[b] into this grace(D) in which we stand, and(E) we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we(F) rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering(G) produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and(H) hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love(I) has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 6For(J) while we were still weak, at the right time(K) Christ died for the ungodly. 7For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8but(L) God shows his love for us in that(M) while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore,(N) we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from(O) the wrath of God. 10For if(P) while we were enemies(Q) we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by(R) his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received(S) reconciliation.

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

 12Therefore, just as(T) sin came into the world through one man, and(U) death through sin, and(V) so death spread to all men because(W) all sinned— 13for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but(X) sin is not counted where there is no law. 14Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not(Y) like the transgression of Adam,(Z) who was a type of(AA) the one who was to come.

 15But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for(AB) many. 16And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For(AC) the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought(AD) justification. 17For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness(AE) reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

 18Therefore, as one trespass[e] led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness[f] leads to justification and life for(AF) all men. 19For as by the one man’s(AG) disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s(AH) obedience the many will be made righteous. 20Now(AI) the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased,(AJ) grace abounded all the more, 21so that,(AK) as sin reigned in death,(AL) grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Footnotes:Romans 5:1 Some manuscripts let us Romans 5:2 Some manuscripts omit by faith Romans 5:2 Or let us; also verse 3 Romans 5:2 Or boast; also verses 3, 11 Romans 5:18 Or the trespass of one Romans 5:18 Or the act of righteousness of one
Cross references:Romans 5:1 : Romans 3:28 Romans 5:1 : Romans 15:13; Heb 12:28 Romans 5:2 : Eph 2:18; 3:12; Heb 10:19, 20; 1 Pet 3:18 Romans 5:2 : 1 Cor 15:1 Romans 5:2 : Romans 5:11; Heb 3:6; Romans 12:12 Romans 5:3 : Matt 5:12 Romans 5:3 : Luke 21:19; James 1:3 Romans 5:5 : Psalm 119:116; Phil 1:20 Romans 5:5 : Acts 2:17, 18, 33; Titus 3:6; Gal 4:6 Romans 5:6 : Romans 5:8, 10; Hos 13:9; Eph 2:5 Romans 5:6 : Romans 4:25 Romans 5:8 : John 3:16 Romans 5:8 : Romans 5:6, 10 Romans 5:9 : Romans 3:25 Romans 5:9 : 1 Thess 1:10; 2:16; Romans 1:18 Romans 5:10 : Romans 5:6, 8; Col 1:21; Romans 8:32 Romans 5:10 : 2 Cor 5:18-20; Eph 2:16; Col 1:20, 21 Romans 5:10 : 2 Cor 4:10, 11 Romans 5:11 : Romans 11:15; 2 Cor 5:18, 19 Romans 5:12 : Gen 2:17; 3:6; 1 Cor 15:21, 22; Romans 5:15-17; Romans 6:9; Psalm 51:5 Romans 5:12 : Romans 6:23; James 1:15 Romans 5:12 : Romans 5:14, 21; 1 Cor 15:22 Romans 5:12 : Eph 2:3 Romans 5:13 : Romans 3:20 Romans 5:14 : Hos 6:7 Romans 5:14 : 1 Cor 15:45 Romans 5:14 : Matt 11:3 Romans 5:15 : Romans 5:19; Isa 53:11 Romans 5:16 : 1 Cor 11:32 Romans 5:16 : Romans 5:18 Romans 5:17 : Rev 22:5 Romans 5:18 : John 12:32 Romans 5:19 : 2 Cor 10:6 Romans 5:19 : Heb 5:8; Phil 2:8 Romans 5:20 : Gal 3:19; Romans 3:20 Romans 5:20 : 1 Tim 1:14 Romans 5:21 : Romans 5:12, 14 Romans 5:21 : John 1:17


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