January 30th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 3


First Reading: Zech. 9:1-17


 1The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.

 2And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.

 3And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

 4Behold, the LORD will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

 5Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

 6And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

 7And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

 8And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

 9Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

 10And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

 11As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

 12Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

 13When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

 14And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

 15The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

 16And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

 17For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.



Second Reading: 2 Tim. 2:1-26


 1Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

 2And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

 3Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

 5And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

 6The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

 7Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

 8Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

 9Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

 10Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 11It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

 12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

 13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

 14Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

 17And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

 18Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

 19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

 21If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

 22Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 23But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

 24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.



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