First Reading: Joel 2:1-17
The Terrible Visitation
1(A)Blow a trumpet in Zion,Cross references:
And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
For the (B)day of the LORD is coming;
Surely it is near,
2A day of (C)darkness and gloom,
A day of clouds and thick darkness
As the dawn is spread over the mountains,
So there is a (D)great and mighty people;
There has (E)never been anything like it,
Nor will there be again after it
To the years of many generations.
3A (F)fire consumes before them
And behind them a flame burns
The land is (G)like the garden of Eden before them
But a (H)desolate wilderness behind them,
And nothing at all escapes them.
4Their (I)appearance is like the appearance of horses;
And like war horses, so they run.
5With a (J)noise as of chariots
They leap on the tops of the mountains,
Like the crackling of a (K)flame of fire consuming the stubble,
Like a mighty people arranged for battle.
6Before them the people are in (L)anguish;
All (M)faces turn pale.
7They run like mighty men,
They climb the wall like soldiers;
And they each (N)march in line,
Nor do they deviate from their paths.
8They do not crowd each other,
They march everyone in his path;
When they burst through the defenses,
They do not break ranks.
9They rush on the city,
They run on the wall;
They climb into the (O)houses,
They (P)enter through the windows like a thief.
10Before them the earth (Q)quakes,
The heavens tremble,
The (R)sun and the moon grow dark
And the stars lose their brightness.
11The LORD (S)utters His voice before (T)His army;
Surely His camp is very great,
For (U)strong is he who carries out His word
The (V)day of the LORD is indeed great and very awesome,
And (W)who can endure it?
12"Yet even now," declares the LORD,
"(X)Return to Me with all your heart,
And with (Y)fasting, weeping and mourning;
13And (Z)rend your heart and not (AA)your garments "
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is (AB)gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And (AC)relenting of evil.
14Who knows (AD)whether He will not turn and relent
And leave a (AE)blessing behind Him,
Even (AF)a grain offering and a drink offering
For the LORD your God?
15(AG)Blow a trumpet in Zion,
(AH)Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
16Gather the people, (AI)sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing infants
Let the (AJ)bridegroom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
17Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers,
Weep (AK)between the porch and the altar,
And let them say, "(AL)Spare Your people, O LORD,
And do not make Your inheritance a (AM)reproach,
A byword among the nations
Why should they among the peoples say,
'(AN)Where is their God?'"
Joel 2:1 : Jer 4:5; Joel 2:15; Zeph 1:16
Joel 2:1 : Joel 1:15; 2:11, 31; 3:14; Obad 15; Zeph 1:14
Joel 2:2 : Joel 2:10, 31; Amos 5:18; Zeph 1:15
Joel 2:2 : Joel 1:6; 2:11, 25
Joel 2:2 : Lam 1:12; Dan 9:12; 12:1; Joel 1:2
Joel 2:3 : Ps 97:3; Is 9:18, 19
Joel 2:3 : Is 51:3; Ezek 36:35
Joel 2:3 : Ex 10:5, 15; Ps 105:34, 35; Zech 7:14
Joel 2:4 : Rev 9:7
Joel 2:5 : Rev 9:9
Joel 2:5 : Is 5:24; 30:30
Joel 2:6 : Is 13:8; Nah 2:10
Joel 2:6 : Jer 30:6
Joel 2:7 : Prov 30:27
Joel 2:9 : Ex 10:6
Joel 2:9 : Jer 9:21; John 10:1
Joel 2:10 : Ps 18:7; Joel 3:16; Nah 1:5
Joel 2:10 : Is 13:10; 34:4; Jer 4:23; Ezek 32:7, 8; Joel 2:31; 3:15; Matt 24:29; Rev 8:12
Joel 2:11 : Ps 46:6; Is 13:4; Jer 25:30; Joel 3:16
Joel 2:11 : Joel 2:25
Joel 2:11 : Jer 50:34; Rev 18:8
Joel 2:11 : Jer 30:7; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 31; 3:14; Zeph 1:14, 15; Rev 6:17
Joel 2:11 : Ezek 22:14; Mal 3:2
Joel 2:12 : Deut 4:29; Jer 4:1, 2; Ezek 33:11; Hos 12:6
Joel 2:12 : Dan 9:3
Joel 2:13 : Ps 34:18; 51:17; Is 57:15
Joel 2:13 : Gen 37:34; 2 Sam 1:11; Job 1:20; Jer 41:5
Joel 2:13 : Ex 34:6
Joel 2:13 : Jer 18:8; 42:10; Amos 7:3, 6
Joel 2:14 : Jer 26:3; Jon 3:9
Joel 2:14 : Hag 2:19
Joel 2:14 : Joel 1:9, 13
Joel 2:15 : Num 10:3; 2 Kin 10:20
Joel 2:15 : Joel 1:14
Joel 2:16 : 1 Sam 16:5; 2 Chr 29:5
Joel 2:16 : Ps 19:5
Joel 2:17 : 2 Chr 8:12; Ezek 8:16
Joel 2:17 : Ex 32:11, 12; Is 37:20; Amos 7:2, 5
Joel 2:17 : Ps 44:13; 74:10
Joel 2:17 : Ps 42:10; 79:10; 115:2
Second Reading: Rom. 11:1-24
Israel Is Not Cast Away
1I say then, God has not (A)rejected His people, has He? (B)May it never be! For (C)I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
has not rejected His people whom He (E)
Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE."
4But what is the divine response to him? "(H)
I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL."
5In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time (I)
a remnant according to God's gracious choice.
if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.
7What then? What (K)
Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were (L)
8just as it is written,
GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR,
EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT,
DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY."
9And David says,
LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP,
AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM.
LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT,
AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER."
I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? (Q)
May it never be! But by their transgression (R)
salvation has come to the Gentiles, to (S)
make them jealous.
12Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their (T)
13But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as (U)
I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
14if somehow I might (V)
move to jealousy (W)
my fellow countrymen and (X)
save some of them.
15For if their rejection is the (Y)
reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but (Z)
life from the dead?
16If the (AA)
first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
17But if some of the (AB)
branches were broken off, and (AC)
you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree,
18do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that (AD)
it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.
You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in."
20Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you (AF)
stand by your faith (AG)
Do not be conceited, but fear;
21for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.
22Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's (AH)
if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also (AJ)
will be cut off.
23And they also, (AK)
if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
24For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? Cross references:
Romans 11:1 : 1 Sam 12:22; Jer 31:37; 33:24-26
Romans 11:1 : Luke 20:16
Romans 11:1 : 2 Cor 11:22; Phil 3:5
Romans 11:2 : Ps 94:14
Romans 11:2 : Rom 8:29
Romans 11:2 : Rom 6:16
Romans 11:3 : 1 Kin 19:10, 14
Romans 11:4 : 1 Kin 19:18
Romans 11:5 : 2 Kin 19:4; Rom 9:27
Romans 11:6 : Rom 4:4
Romans 11:7 : Rom 9:31
Romans 11:7 : Mark 6:52; Rom 9:18; 11:25; 2 Cor 3:14
Romans 11:8 : Deut 29:4; Is 29:10; Matt 13:13
Romans 11:9 : Ps 69:22
Romans 11:10 : Ps 69:23
Romans 11:11 : Rom 11:1
Romans 11:11 : Luke 20:16
Romans 11:11 : Acts 28:28
Romans 11:11 : Rom 11:14
Romans 11:12 : Rom 11:25
Romans 11:13 : Acts 9:15
Romans 11:14 : Rom 11:11
Romans 11:14 : Gen 29:14; 2 Sam 19:12; Rom 9:3
Romans 11:14 : 1 Cor 1:21; 7:16; 9:22; 1 Tim 1:15; 2:4; 2 Tim 1:9; Titus 3:5
Romans 11:15 : Rom 5:11
Romans 11:15 : Luke 15:24, 32
Romans 11:16 : Num 15:18-ff; Neh 10:37; Ezek 44:30
Romans 11:17 : Jer 11:16; John 15:2
Romans 11:17 : Eph 2:11-ff
Romans 11:18 : John 4:22
Romans 11:19 : Rom 9:19
Romans 11:20 : Rom 5:2; 1 Cor 10:12; 2 Cor 1:24
Romans 11:20 : Rom 12:16; 1 Tim 6:17; 1 Pet 1:17
Romans 11:22 : Rom 2:4
Romans 11:22 : 1 Cor 15:2; Heb 3:6, 14
Romans 11:22 : John 15:2
Romans 11:23 : 2 Cor 3:16