January 30th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 3

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Zech. 9:1-17

Prophecies against Neighboring Nations

 1The burden of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach, with (A)Damascus as its resting place (for the eyes of men, especially of all the tribes of Israel, are toward the LORD),
    2And (B)Hamath also, which borders on it;
         (C)Tyre and (D)Sidon, though they are (E)very wise.
    3For Tyre built herself a (F)fortress
         And (G)piled up silver like dust,
         And (H)gold like the mire of the streets.
    4Behold, the Lord will (I)dispossess her
         And cast her wealth into the sea;
         And she will be (J)consumed with fire.
    5Ashkelon will see it and be afraid.
         Gaza too will writhe in great pain;
         Also Ekron, for her expectation has been confounded.
         Moreover, the king will perish from Gaza,
         And Ashkelon will not be inhabited.
    6And a mongrel race will dwell in (K)Ashdod,
         And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
    7And I will remove their blood from their mouth
         And their detestable things from between their teeth.
         Then they also will be a remnant for our God,
         And be like a clan in Judah,
         And Ekron like a Jebusite.
    8But I will camp around My house because of an army,
         Because of (L)him who passes by and returns;
         And (M)no oppressor will pass over them anymore,
         For now I have seen with My eyes.
    9(N)Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
         Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
         Behold, your (O)king is coming to you;
         He is (P)just and (Q)endowed with salvation,
         (R)Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
         Even on a (S)colt, the foal of a donkey.
    10I will (T)cut off the chariot from Ephraim
         And the (U)horse from Jerusalem;
         And the (V)bow of war will be cut off
         And He will speak (W)peace to the nations;
         And His (X)dominion will be from sea to sea,
         And from the [a]River to the ends of the earth.

Deliverance of Judah and Ephraim

    11As for you also, because of the (Y)blood of My covenant with you,
         I have set your (Z)prisoners free from the waterless pit.
    12Return to the (AA)stronghold, O prisoners who have the (AB)hope;
         This very day I am declaring that I will restore (AC)double to you.
    13For I will (AD)bend Judah as My bow,
         I will fill the bow with Ephraim
         And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O (AE)Greece;
         And I will make you like a (AF)warrior's sword.
    14Then the LORD will appear (AG)over them,
         And His (AH)arrow will go forth like lightning;
         And the Lord GOD will blow the (AI)trumpet,
         And will march in the (AJ)storm winds of the south.
    15(AK)The LORD of hosts will defend them
         And they will (AL)devour and trample on the (AM)sling stones;
         And they will drink and be (AN)boisterous as with wine;
         And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,
         Drenched like the (AO)corners of the altar.
    16And the LORD their God will (AP)save them in that day
         As the flock of His people;
         For they are as the stones of a (AQ)crown,
         Sparkling in His land.
    17For what (AR)comeliness and (AS)beauty will be theirs!
         Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

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Second Reading · 2 Tim. 2:1-26

Be Strong

 1You therefore, my (A)son, (B)be strong in the grace that is in (C)Christ Jesus.

 2The things (D)which you have heard from me in the presence of (E)many witnesses, (F)entrust these to (G)faithful men who will be (H)able to teach others also.

 3(I)Suffer hardship with me, as a good (J)soldier of (K)Christ Jesus.

 4No soldier in active service (L)entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

 5Also if anyone (M)competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.

 6(N)The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.

 7Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

 8Remember Jesus Christ, (O)risen from the dead, (P)descendant of David, (Q)according to my gospel,

 9for which I (R)suffer hardship even to (S)imprisonment as a (T)criminal; but (U)the word of God (V)is not imprisoned.

 10For this reason (W)I endure all things for (X)the sake of those who are chosen, (Y)so that they also may obtain the (Z)salvation which is in (AA)Christ Jesus and with it (AB)eternal glory.

 11(AC)It is a trustworthy statement:
         For (AD)if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
    12If we endure, (AE)we will also reign with Him;
         If we (AF)deny Him, He also will deny us;
    13If we are faithless, (AG)He remains faithful, for (AH)He cannot deny Himself.

An Unashamed Workman

 14Remind them of these things, and solemnly (AI)charge them in the presence of God not to (AJ)wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.

 15Be diligent to (AK)present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling (AL)the word of truth.

 16But (AM)avoid (AN)worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,

 17and their talk will spread like [a]gangrene. Among them are (AO)Hymenaeus and Philetus,

 18men who have gone astray from the truth saying that (AP)the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset (AQ)the faith of some.

 19Nevertheless, the (AR)firm foundation of God stands, having this (AS)seal, "(AT)The Lord knows those who are His," and, "(AU)Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness."

 20Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and (AV)some to honor and some to dishonor.

 21Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from (AW)these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, (AX)prepared for every good work.

 22Now (AY)flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, (AZ)faith, love and peace, with those who (BA)call on the Lord (BB)from a pure heart.

 23But refuse foolish and ignorant (BC)speculations, knowing that they (BD)produce quarrels.

 24(BE)The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, (BF)able to teach, patient when wronged,

 25(BG)with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, (BH)if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to (BI)the knowledge of the truth,

 26and they may come to their senses and escape from (BJ)the snare of the devil, having been (BK)held captive by him to do his will.

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