January 23rd, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 2


First Reading: Joel 2:18-32


The LORD Had Pity

 18(A) Then the LORD became jealous for his land
   (B) and had pity on his people. 19The LORD answered and said to his people,"Behold,(C) I am sending to you
   grain, wine, and oil,
   and you will be satisfied;and I will no more make you
   a reproach among the nations.

 20"I will remove the northerner far from you,
   and drive him into a parched and desolate land,his vanguard[a] into(D) the eastern sea,
   and his rear guard[b] into(E) the western sea;(F) the stench and foul smell of him will rise,
   for he has done great things.

 21"Fear not, O land;
   be glad and rejoice,
   for(G) the LORD has done great things! 22Fear not,(H) you beasts of the field,
   for(I) the pastures of the wilderness are green;(J) the tree bears its fruit;
   the fig tree and vine give their full yield.

 23(K) "Be glad, O children of Zion,
   and(L) rejoice in the LORD your God,for he has given(M) the early rain for your vindication;
   he has poured down for you abundant rain,
   the early and the latter rain, as before.

 24"The threshing floors shall be full of grain;
   the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. 25I will restore to you the years
   that(N) the swarming locust has eaten,(O) the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
   my great army, which I sent among you.

 26(P) "You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
   and praise the name of the LORD your God,
   who has dealt wondrously with you.And my people(Q) shall never again be put to shame. 27(R) You shall know that I am(S) in the midst of Israel,
   and that(T) I am the LORD your God(U) and there is none else.And my people(V) shall never again be put to shame.

The LORD Will Pour Out His Spirit

 28[c](W) "And it shall come to pass afterward,
   that(X) I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;(Y) your sons and(Z) your daughters shall prophesy,
   your old men shall dream dreams,
   and your young men shall see visions. 29(AA) Even on the male and female servants
   in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

 30"And I will show(AB) wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31(AC) The sun shall be turned to darkness,(AD) and the moon to blood,(AE) before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. 32And it shall come to pass that(AF) everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.(AG) For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among(AH) the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.

Footnotes:Joel 2:20 Hebrew face Joel 2:20 Hebrew his end Joel 2:28 Ch 3:1 in Hebrew
Cross references:Joel 2:18 : Zech 1:14; 8:2 Joel 2:18 : Psalm 103:13 Joel 2:19 : Joel 1:10; Psalm 4:7; Mal 3:10-12 Joel 2:20 : Ezek 47:18; Zech 14:8 Joel 2:20 : Zech 14:8 Joel 2:20 : Isa 34:3; Amos 4:10 Joel 2:21 : Psalm 126:2, 3 Joel 2:22 : Joel 1:18 Joel 2:22 : Joel 1:19 Joel 2:22 : Zech 8:12 Joel 2:23 : Psalm 100:1, 2; Hab 3:18; Zech 10:7 Joel 2:23 : Deut 11:14; Jer 5:24 Joel 2:23 : Hos 6:3 Joel 2:25 : Joel 1:4 Joel 2:25 : Joel 2:11 Joel 2:26 : Lev 25:19 Joel 2:26 : Isa 49:23 Joel 2:27 : Joel 3:17 Joel 2:27 : Hos 11:9; Ezek 37:26 Joel 2:27 : Exodus 20:2 Joel 2:27 : Isa 44:8 Joel 2:27 : Joel 2:26 Joel 2:28 : Joel 2:28-32, cited Acts 2:17-21 Joel 2:28 : Isa 32:15; Ezek 39:29; Zech 12:10; John 7:39 Joel 2:28 : Acts 2:39 Joel 2:28 : Acts 21:9 Joel 2:29 : 1 Cor 12:13 Joel 2:30 : Matt 24:30; Luke 21:11 Joel 2:31 : Joel 2:10 Joel 2:31 : Rev 6:12 Joel 2:31 : Mal 4:5 Joel 2:32 : Cited Rom 10:13 Joel 2:32 : Isa 46:13; 59:20; Obad 17 Joel 2:32 : Jer 31:7; Mic 4:7; Zech 8:12


Second Reading: Rom. 11:25-12:13


The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation

 25(A) Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers:[a](B) a partial hardening has come upon Israel,(C) until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
   (D) "The Deliverer will come(E) from Zion,
   he will banish ungodliness from Jacob"; 27"and this will be my(F) covenant with them
   (G) when I take away their sins."

 28As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are(H) beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29For the gifts and(I) the calling of God are irrevocable. 30For just as(J) you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now[b] receive mercy. 32For God(K) has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

 33Oh, the depth of the riches and(L) wisdom and knowledge of God!(M) How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
 34"For(N) who has known the mind of the Lord,
   or(O) who has been his counselor?" 35"Or(P) who has given a gift to him
   that he might be repaid?"

 36For(Q) from him and through him and to him are all things.(R) To him be glory forever. Amen.

A Living Sacrifice

 1(S) I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[c] by the mercies of God,(T) to present your bodies(U) as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[d] 2(V) Do not be conformed to this world,[e] but be transformed by(W) the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may(X) discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[f]

Gifts of Grace

 3For(Y) by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you(Z) not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment,(AA) each according to(AB) the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For(AC) as in one body we have many members,[g] and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we,(AD) though many,(AE) are one body in Christ, and individually(AF) members one of another. 6(AG) Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if(AH) prophecy,(AI) in proportion to our faith; 7if(AJ) service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity;(AK) the one who leads,[h] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with(AL) cheerfulness.

Marks of the True Christian

 9(AM) Let love be genuine.(AN) Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10(AO) Love one another with brotherly affection.(AP) Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal,(AQ) be fervent in spirit,[i](AR) serve the Lord. 12(AS) Rejoice in hope,(AT) be patient in tribulation,(AU) be constant in prayer. 13(AV) Contribute to the needs of the saints and(AW) seek to show hospitality.

Footnotes:Romans 11:25 Or brothers and sisters Romans 11:31 Some manuscripts omit now Romans 12:1 Or brothers and sisters Romans 12:1 Or your rational service Romans 12:2 Greek age Romans 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God Romans 12:4 Greek parts; also verse 5 Romans 12:8 Or gives aid Romans 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit
Cross references:Romans 11:25 : Romans 12:16 Romans 11:25 : 2 Cor 3:14; Romans 11:7 Romans 11:25 : Rev 7:9; Luke 21:24 Romans 11:26 : Isa 59:20, 21; John 4:22; Heb 8:8-12 Romans 11:26 : Psalm 14:7; 53:6 Romans 11:27 : Romans 9:4 Romans 11:27 : Isa 27:9; Heb 8:12 Romans 11:28 : Romans 9:5; Deut 7:8; 10:15 Romans 11:29 : Romans 8:28 Romans 11:30 : Eph 2:2, 3, 11, 13; Col 1:21; 3:7; Titus 3:3 Romans 11:32 : Romans 3:9 Romans 11:33 : Col 2:3; Psalm 139:6; Eph 3:10 Romans 11:33 : Deut 29:29 Romans 11:34 : Isa 40:13; 1 Cor 2:16; Job 15:8 Romans 11:34 : Job 36:22, 23 Romans 11:35 : Job 35:7; 41:11 Romans 11:36 : 1 Cor 8:6; 11:12; Col 1:16; Heb 2:10 Romans 11:36 : Romans 16:27; Eph 3:21; Phil 4:20; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Pet 4:11; 2 Pet 3:18; Jude 25; Rev 1:6; 5:13 Romans 12:1 : 1 Cor 1:10; 2 Cor 10:1; Eph 4:1 Romans 12:1 : Romans 6:13, 16, 19; Psalm 50:13, 14; 1 Cor 6:20; 1 Pet 2:5 Romans 12:1 : Heb 10:20 Romans 12:2 : 1 Pet 1:14; 1 John 2:15 Romans 12:2 : Titus 3:5; Psalm 51:10; 2 Cor 4:16; Eph 4:23; Col 3:10 Romans 12:2 : Eph 5:10; 1 Thess 4:3 Romans 12:3 : Romans 1:5 Romans 12:3 : Romans 12:16; Romans 11:20 Romans 12:3 : 1 Cor 7:17 Romans 12:3 : Eph 4:7 Romans 12:4 : 1 Cor 12:12-14; Eph 4:4, 16 Romans 12:5 : 1 Cor 10:17, 33 Romans 12:5 : 1 Cor 12:20; Eph 4:13; John 17:11 Romans 12:5 : Eph 4:25; 1 Cor 6:15; 12:27 Romans 12:6 : 1 Cor 12:4; 1 Pet 4:10, 11; 1 Cor 7:7; 12:7-11 Romans 12:6 : 1 Cor 12:10; Acts 13:1 Romans 12:6 : 2 Tim 2:15 Romans 12:7 : Acts 6:1 Romans 12:8 : 1 Tim 5:17; 1 Cor 12:28 Romans 12:8 : 2 Cor 9:7 Romans 12:9 : 2 Cor 6:6; 1 Tim 1:5; 1 Pet 1:22 Romans 12:9 : Psalm 97:10; 101:3; Amos 5:15; 1 Thess 5:21, 22 Romans 12:10 : Heb 13:1 Romans 12:10 : Romans 13:7; Phil 2:3; 1 Pet 2:17 Romans 12:11 : Acts 18:25 Romans 12:11 : Acts 20:19 Romans 12:12 : Romans 5:2 Romans 12:12 : Heb 10:36 Romans 12:12 : Acts 1:14 Romans 12:13 : Romans 15:25; 1 Cor 16:1, 15; 2 Cor 9:1, 12; Heb 6:10; 13:16; 1 Tim 6:18 Romans 12:13 : Matt 25:35


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