January 16th, 2019

Wednesday of The Baptism of Our Lord


First Reading: Ezek. 38: 1-23


Prophecy Against Gog

 1The word of the LORD came to me: 2(A) "Son of man,(B) set your face toward(C) Gog, of the land of(D) Magog, the(E) chief prince of(F) Meshech[a] and(G) Tubal, and prophesy against him 3and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold,(H) I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech[b] and Tubal. 4(I) And I will turn you about and(J) put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and(K) all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. 5(L) Persia,(M) Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6(N) Gomer and all his(O) hordes;(P) Beth-togarmah from(Q) the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—(R) many peoples are with you.

 7(S) "Be ready and keep ready, you and all your hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. 8(T) After many days you will be mustered.(U) In the latter years you will go against(V) the land that is restored from war, the land whose people(W) were gathered from many peoples upon(X) the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples and now dwell securely, all of them. 9You will advance, coming on(Y) like a storm. You will be(Z) like a cloud covering the land, you and all your(AA) hordes, and many peoples with you.

 10"Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day,(AB) thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme 11and say, 'I will go up against(AC) the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon(AD) the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,' 12to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against(AE) the waste places that are now inhabited, and(AF) the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. 13(AG) Sheba and(AH) Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all(AI) its leaders[c] will say to you, 'Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?'

 14"Therefore,(AJ) son of man, prophesy, and say to(AK) Gog, Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day when my people Israel are(AL) dwelling securely,(AM) will you not know it? 15You will come from your place out of(AN) the uttermost parts of the north, you and(AO) many peoples with you,(AP) all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. 16You will come up against my people Israel,(AQ) like a cloud covering the land.(AR) In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog,(AS) I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.

 17"Thus says the Lord GOD: Are you(AT) he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them? 18But on that day, the day that Gog shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord GOD,(AU) my wrath will be roused in my anger. 19For(AV) in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day(AW) there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20(AX) The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth,(AY) shall quake at my presence. And(AZ) the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground. 21(BA) I will summon a sword against Gog[d] on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD.(BB) Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22With pestilence and bloodshed(BC) I will enter into judgment with him, and(BD) I will rain upon him and(BE) his hordes and the many peoples who are with him(BF) torrential rains and hailstones,(BG) fire and sulfur. 23So I will show my greatness and my(BH) holiness and(BI) make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then(BJ) they will know that I am the LORD.

Footnotes:Ezekiel 38:2 Or Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech Ezekiel 38:3 Or Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech Ezekiel 38:13 Hebrew young lions Ezekiel 38:21 Hebrew against him
Cross references:Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 6:2 Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 39:1, 11; Rev 20:8 Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 39:6; Gen 10:2; Rev 20:8 Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 39:1 Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 27:13 Ezekiel 38:2 : Ezekiel 38:4, 9 Ezekiel 38:3 : Ezekiel 13:8 Ezekiel 38:4 : Ezekiel 39:2 Ezekiel 38:4 : Ezekiel 29:4 Ezekiel 38:4 : Ezekiel 38:15 Ezekiel 38:5 : Ezekiel 27:10 Ezekiel 38:5 : Gen 10:8 Ezekiel 38:6 : Gen 10:2 Ezekiel 38:6 : Ezekiel 38:22 Ezekiel 38:6 : Gen 10:3; Ezekiel 27:14 Ezekiel 38:6 : Ezekiel 39:2; Ezekiel 32:30 Ezekiel 38:6 : Ezekiel 38:4 Ezekiel 38:7 : Isa 8:9, 10 Ezekiel 38:8 : Isa 24:22 Ezekiel 38:8 : Ezekiel 38:16 Ezekiel 38:8 : Ezekiel 11:17 Ezekiel 38:8 : Ezekiel 6:2 Ezekiel 38:8 : Ezekiel 34:25, 27, 28 Ezekiel 38:9 : Isa 28:2 Ezekiel 38:9 : Jer 4:13 Ezekiel 38:9 : Ezekiel 38:6 Ezekiel 38:10 : Ezekiel 11:5 Ezekiel 38:11 : Zech 2:4, 5 Ezekiel 38:11 : Jer 49:31 Ezekiel 38:12 : Ezekiel 38:8 Ezekiel 38:12 : Ezekiel 5:5, 7, 14, 15 Ezekiel 38:13 : Ezekiel 27:22 Ezekiel 38:13 : Ezekiel 25:13; 27:15 Ezekiel 38:13 : Ezekiel 32:2; Psalm 17:12 Ezekiel 38:14 : Ezekiel 2:1 Ezekiel 38:14 : Ezekiel 38:2, 3 Ezekiel 38:14 : Ezekiel 38:8 Ezekiel 38:14 : Ezekiel 38:11 Ezekiel 38:15 : Ezekiel 38:6; Ezekiel 39:2 Ezekiel 38:15 : Ezekiel 38:6, 9, 22 Ezekiel 38:15 : Ezekiel 23:6 Ezekiel 38:16 : Ezekiel 38:9 Ezekiel 38:16 : Ezekiel 38:8 Ezekiel 38:16 : Ezekiel 38:23; Ezekiel 39:13; Ezekiel 20:41 Ezekiel 38:17 : Jer 6:22, 23 Ezekiel 38:18 : Psalm 18:8 Ezekiel 38:19 : Ezekiel 5:13 Ezekiel 38:19 : Hag 2:6, 7; Rev 16:18 Ezekiel 38:20 : Hos 4:3 Ezekiel 38:20 : Psalm 114:7 Ezekiel 38:20 : Jer 4:24 Ezekiel 38:21 : Jer 25:29 Ezekiel 38:21 : Judg 7:22 Ezekiel 38:22 : Ezekiel 17:20 Ezekiel 38:22 : Psalm 11:6 Ezekiel 38:22 : Ezekiel 38:6, 9 Ezekiel 38:22 : Ezekiel 13:11, 13 Ezekiel 38:22 : Psalm 11:6; Ezekiel 39:6; Rev 20:9 Ezekiel 38:23 : Ezekiel 38:16 Ezekiel 38:23 : Ezekiel 36:23; 37:28 Ezekiel 38:23 : Ezekiel 6:7


Second Reading: Rom. 7:1-20


Released from the Law

 1Or do you not know, brothers[a]—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2For(A) a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.[b] 3Accordingly,(B) she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

 4Likewise, my brothers,(C) you also have died(D) to the law(E) through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead,(F) in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work(G) in our members(H) to bear fruit for death. 6But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the(I) new way of(J) the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.[c]

The Law and Sin

 7What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law,(K) I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if(L) the law had not said, "You shall not covet." 8But sin,(M) seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness.(N) For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10The very commandment(O) that promised life proved to be death to me. 11For sin,(P) seizing an opportunity through the commandment,(Q) deceived me and through it killed me. 12So(R) the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

 13Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh,(S) sold under sin. 15For I do not understand my own actions. For(T) I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with(U) the law, that it is good. 17So now(V) it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells(W) in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19(X) For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want,(Y) it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

Footnotes:Romans 7:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 4 Romans 7:2 Greek law concerning the husband Romans 7:6 Greek of the letter
Cross references:Romans 7:2 : 1 Cor 7:39 Romans 7:3 : Matt 5:32 Romans 7:4 : Romans 7:6; Romans 6:2 Romans 7:4 : Romans 8:2; Gal 2:19; 5:18; Eph 2:15; Col 2:14 Romans 7:4 : Eph 2:16; Col 1:22 Romans 7:4 : Romans 6:22; Gal 5:22; Eph 5:9 Romans 7:5 : Romans 6:13 Romans 7:5 : Romans 6:21, 23 Romans 7:6 : Romans 6:4 Romans 7:6 : Romans 2:27, 29; 2 Cor 3:6 Romans 7:7 : Romans 3:20 Romans 7:7 : Romans 13:9; Exodus 20:17; Deut 5:21 Romans 7:8 : Romans 7:11; Gal 5:13 Romans 7:8 : 1 Cor 15:56 Romans 7:10 : Romans 10:5 Romans 7:11 : Romans 7:8 Romans 7:11 : Gen 3:13; Heb 3:13 Romans 7:12 : Psalm 19:8, 9; 119:137; 2 Pet 2:21; Romans 7:16 Romans 7:14 : 1 Kgs 21:20, 25; 2 Kgs 17:17; Isa 50:1; 52:3 Romans 7:15 : Romans 7:18, 19; Gal 5:17 Romans 7:16 : 1 Tim 1:8; Romans 7:12 Romans 7:17 : Romans 7:20 Romans 7:18 : Gen 6:5; 8:21; Job 14:4; 15:14; Psalm 51:5 Romans 7:19 : Romans 7:15 Romans 7:20 : Romans 7:17


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