January 30th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 3


First Reading: Zech. 9:1-17


Judgment on Israel’s Enemies

 1The burden of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach
   and(A) Damascus is its resting place.For the LORD has an eye on mankind
   and on all the tribes of Israel,[a] 2(B) and on Hamath also, which borders on it,
   (C) Tyre and(D) Sidon, though they are very wise. 3Tyre has built herself(E) a rampart
   and(F) heaped up silver like dust,
   and fine gold like the mud of the streets. 4But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions
   and strike down(G) her power on the sea,
   and(H) she shall be devoured by fire.

 5(I) Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid;
   Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish;
   Ekron also, because its hopes are confounded.The king shall perish from Gaza;
   Ashkelon shall be uninhabited; 6(J) a mixed people[b] shall dwell in Ashdod,
   and I will cut off the pride of Philistia. 7I will take away(K) its blood from its mouth,
   and(L) its abominations from between its teeth;(M) it too shall be a remnant for our God;
   it shall be like(N) a clan in Judah,
   and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites. 8Then(O) I will encamp at my house as a guard,
   (P) so that none shall march to and fro;(Q) no oppressor shall again march over them,
   (R) for now I see with my own eyes.

The Coming King of Zion

 9(S) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
   Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!(T) Behold,(U) your king is coming to you;
   righteous and having salvation is he,(V) humble and mounted on a donkey,
   on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10(W) I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
   and(X) the war horse from Jerusalem;and the battle bow shall be cut off,
   and(Y) he shall speak peace to the nations;(Z) his rule shall be from sea to sea,
   and from(AA) the River to the ends of the earth. 11As for you also, because of(AB) the blood of my covenant with you,
   (AC) I will set your prisoners free from(AD) the waterless pit. 12Return to your stronghold, O(AE) prisoners of hope;
   today I declare that(AF) I will restore to you double. 13For(AG) I have bent Judah as my bow;
   I have made Ephraim its arrow.I will stir up your sons, O Zion,
   against your sons,(AH) O Greece,
   and wield you like a warrior’s sword.

The LORD Will Save His People

 14Then the LORD will appear over them,
   and(AI) his arrow will go forth like lightning;(AJ) the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet
   and will march forth in(AK) the whirlwinds(AL) of the south. 15The LORD of hosts(AM) will protect them,
   and(AN) they shall devour,(AO) and tread down the sling stones,and(AP) they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine,
   and be full like a bowl,
   drenched(AQ) like the corners of the altar.

 16On that day the LORD their God will save them,
   as(AR) the flock of his people;for(AS) like the jewels of a crown
   they shall shine on his land. 17(AT) For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty!
   (AU) Grain shall make the young men flourish,
   and new wine the young women.

Footnotes:Zechariah 9:1 A slight emendation yields For to the LORD belongs the capital of Syria and all the tribes of Israel Zechariah 9:6 Or a foreign people; Hebrew a bastard
Cross references:Zechariah 9:1 : Isa 17:1 Zechariah 9:2 : Jer 49:23; 1 Kgs 8:65 Zechariah 9:2 : Josh 19:28, 29; Isa 23:1, 2 Zechariah 9:2 : Ezek 28:3-5 Zechariah 9:3 : Josh 19:29 Zechariah 9:3 : Ezek 28:4, 5 Zechariah 9:4 : Ezek 26:17 Zechariah 9:4 : Ezek 28:18 Zechariah 9:5 : Zeph 2:4 Zechariah 9:6 : Deut 23:2 Zechariah 9:7 : Lev 3:17 Zechariah 9:7 : Isa 66:17 Zechariah 9:7 : Isa 14:1 Zechariah 9:7 : Zechariah 12:5, 6 Zechariah 9:8 : Zechariah 2:5 Zechariah 9:8 : Zechariah 7:14 Zechariah 9:8 : Zechariah 10:4; Isa 60:17 Zechariah 9:8 : Zechariah 12:4 Zechariah 9:9 : Zeph 3:14 Zechariah 9:9 : Cited Matt 21:5; John 12:15 Zechariah 9:9 : Jer 23:5 Zechariah 9:9 : Matt 11:29 Zechariah 9:10 : Hos 1:7 Zechariah 9:10 : Mic 5:10 Zechariah 9:10 : Mic 5:5 Zechariah 9:10 : Psalm 72:8 Zechariah 9:10 : Exodus 23:31 Zechariah 9:11 : Exodus 24:8 Zechariah 9:11 : Isa 42:7; 51:14; 61:1 Zechariah 9:11 : Gen 37:24; Jer 38:6 Zechariah 9:12 : Jer 31:17 Zechariah 9:12 : Isa 61:7 Zechariah 9:13 : Zechariah 10:3, 4 Zechariah 9:13 : Gen 10:2; Ezek 27:13 Zechariah 9:14 : 2 Sam 22:15 Zechariah 9:14 : Isa 27:13 Zechariah 9:14 : Isa 21:1 Zechariah 9:14 : Zechariah 6:6 Zechariah 9:15 : Zechariah 12:8; Zechariah 10:5 Zechariah 9:15 : Zechariah 12:6 Zechariah 9:15 : Zechariah 10:5 Zechariah 9:15 : Zechariah 10:7 Zechariah 9:15 : Lev 4:18, 25 Zechariah 9:16 : Psalm 100:3 Zechariah 9:16 : Isa 62:3; Mal 3:17 Zechariah 9:17 : Isa 62:3, 4 Zechariah 9:17 : Isa 62:8, 9; Jer 31:12


Second Reading: 2 Tim. 2:1-26


A Good Soldier of Christ Jesus

 1You then,(A) my child,(B) be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2and(C) what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses(D) entrust to faithful men(E) who will be able to teach others also. 3(F) Share in suffering as(G) a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No soldier(H) gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5(I) An athlete is not(J) crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6It is(K) the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

 8Remember Jesus Christ,(L) risen from the dead, the(M) offspring of David,(N) as preached in my gospel, 9(O) for which I am suffering,(P) bound with chains as a criminal. But(Q) the word of God is not bound! 10Therefore(R) I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain(S) the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with(T) eternal glory. 11The saying is(U) trustworthy, for:
   (V) If we have died with him, we will also(W) live with him; 12(X) if we endure, we will also reign with him;(Y) if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13(Z) if we are faithless,(AA) he remains faithful—

   

   for(AB) he cannot deny himself.

A Worker Approved by God

 14Remind them of these things, and(AC) charge them before God[a](AD) not to quarrel about words,(AE) which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[b] a worker(AF) who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16But(AG) avoid(AH) irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are(AI) Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18who have swerved from the truth,(AJ) saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal:(AK) "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone(AL) who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity."

 20Now in(AM) a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay,(AN) some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21Therefore,(AO) if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,[c] he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house,(AP) ready for every good work.

 22So(AQ) flee(AR) youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with(AS) those who call on the Lord(AT) from a pure heart. 23Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant(AU) controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24And(AV) the Lord’s servant[d] must not be quarrelsome but(AW) kind to everyone,(AX) able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25correcting his opponents(AY) with gentleness. God(AZ) may perhaps grant them repentance(BA) leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26and they may come to their senses and escape from(BB) the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Footnotes:2 Timothy 2:14 Some manuscripts the Lord 2 Timothy 2:15 That is, one approved after being tested 2 Timothy 2:21 Greek from these things 2 Timothy 2:24 Greek bondservant
Cross references:2 Timothy 2:1 : 2 Timothy 1:2 2 Timothy 2:1 : Eph 6:10 2 Timothy 2:2 : 2 Timothy 1:13 2 Timothy 2:2 : 1 Tim 1:18 2 Timothy 2:2 : Titus 1:5 2 Timothy 2:3 : 2 Timothy 1:8; 4:5 2 Timothy 2:3 : 1 Tim 1:18 2 Timothy 2:4 : 2 Pet 2:20 2 Timothy 2:5 : 1 Cor 9:25 2 Timothy 2:5 : 2 Timothy 4:8 2 Timothy 2:6 : 1 Cor 9:10; Heb 6:7 2 Timothy 2:8 : 1 Cor 15:20 2 Timothy 2:8 : Matt 1:1 2 Timothy 2:8 : Rom 2:16 2 Timothy 2:9 : 2 Timothy 1:8, 12 2 Timothy 2:9 : Phil 1:7 2 Timothy 2:9 : 2 Timothy 4:17; Phil 1:13 2 Timothy 2:10 : Eph 3:13; Col 1:24; 1 Cor 13:7 2 Timothy 2:10 : 2 Cor 1:6 2 Timothy 2:10 : 1 Pet 5:10 2 Timothy 2:11 : 1 Tim 1:15 2 Timothy 2:11 : 1 Thess 5:10; Rom 6:8 2 Timothy 2:11 : Rev 20:4 2 Timothy 2:12 : 2 Thess 1:4, 5; Rom 8:17; Heb 10:36; Rev 20:4 2 Timothy 2:12 : Matt 10:33 2 Timothy 2:13 : Rom 3:3 2 Timothy 2:13 : 1 Cor 1:9 2 Timothy 2:13 : Num 23:19; Titus 1:2 2 Timothy 2:14 : 1 Tim 5:21; 6:13 2 Timothy 2:14 : 1 Tim 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:23 2 Timothy 2:14 : Titus 3:9 2 Timothy 2:15 : Phil 1:20 2 Timothy 2:16 : Titus 3:9 2 Timothy 2:16 : 1 Tim 6:20 2 Timothy 2:17 : 1 Tim 1:20 2 Timothy 2:18 : 1 Cor 15:12 2 Timothy 2:19 : Num 16:5; Nah 1:7; John 10:14, 27; Luke 13:27; 1 Cor 8:3 2 Timothy 2:19 : Isa 26:13 2 Timothy 2:20 : 1 Tim 3:15 2 Timothy 2:20 : Rom 9:21 2 Timothy 2:21 : Prov 25:4; Isa 52:11 2 Timothy 2:21 : 2 Timothy 3:17; Titus 3:1; 1 Tim 5:10 2 Timothy 2:22 : 1 Tim 6:11 2 Timothy 2:22 : 1 Tim 4:12 2 Timothy 2:22 : Acts 7:59; 9:14 2 Timothy 2:22 : 1 Tim 1:5 2 Timothy 2:23 : 1 Tim 6:4 2 Timothy 2:24 : 1 Tim 3:3 2 Timothy 2:24 : 1 Thess 2:7 2 Timothy 2:24 : 1 Tim 3:2 2 Timothy 2:25 : Gal 6:1; Titus 3:2; 1 Tim 6:11; 1 Pet 3:15 2 Timothy 2:25 : Dan 4:27; Acts 8:22; Acts 5:31 2 Timothy 2:25 : 1 Tim 2:4 2 Timothy 2:26 : 1 Tim 3:7


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