January 30th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 3

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Zech. 9:1-17

Israel Defended Against Enemies

 1 The burden[a] of the word of the LORD
      Against the land of Hadrach,
      And Damascus its resting place
      (For the eyes of men
      And all the tribes of Israel
      Are on the LORD);
       2 Also against Hamath, which borders on it,
      And against Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
       3 For Tyre built herself a tower,
      Heaped up silver like the dust,
      And gold like the mire of the streets.
       4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out;
      He will destroy her power in the sea,
      And she will be devoured by fire.
       5 Ashkelon shall see it and fear;
      Gaza also shall be very sorrowful;
      And Ekron, for He dried up her expectation.
      The king shall perish from Gaza,
      And Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
       6 “ A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod,
      And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
       7 I will take away the blood from his mouth,
      And the abominations from between his teeth.
      But he who remains, even he shall be for our God,
      And shall be like a leader in Judah,
      And Ekron like a Jebusite.
       8 I will camp around My house
      Because of the army,
      Because of him who passes by and him who returns.
      No more shall an oppressor pass through them,
      For now I have seen with My eyes.

The Coming King

    9 “ Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
      Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
      Behold, your King is coming to you;
      He is just and having salvation,
      Lowly and riding on a donkey,
      A colt, the foal of a donkey.
       10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
      And the horse from Jerusalem;
      The battle bow shall be cut off.
      He shall speak peace to the nations;
      His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea,
      And from the River to the ends of the earth.’[b]

God Will Save His People

    11 “ As for you also,
      Because of the blood of your covenant,
      I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
       12 Return to the stronghold,
      You prisoners of hope.
      Even today I declare
      That I will restore double to you.
       13 For I have bent Judah, My bow,
      Fitted the bow with Ephraim,
      And raised up your sons, O Zion,
      Against your sons, O Greece,
      And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
       14 Then the LORD will be seen over them,
      And His arrow will go forth like lightning.
      The Lord GOD will blow the trumpet,
      And go with whirlwinds from the south.
       15 The LORD of hosts will defend them;
      They shall devour and subdue with slingstones.
      They shall drink and roar as if with wine;
      They shall be filled with blood like basins,
      Like the corners of the altar.
       16 The LORD their God will save them in that day,
      As the flock of His people.
      For they shall be like the jewels of a crown,
      Lifted like a banner over His land—
       17 For how great is its[c] goodness
      And how great its[d] beauty!
      Grain shall make the young men thrive,
      And new wine the young women.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · 2 Tim. 2:1-26

Be Strong in Grace

 1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure[a] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may[b] the Lord give you understanding in all things. 8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 This is a faithful saying:
      For if we died with Him,We shall also live with Him.
       12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him.
      If we deny Him,He also will deny us.
       13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful;
      He cannot deny Himself.

Approved and Disapproved Workers

    14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ[c] depart from iniquity.” 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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