January 31st, 2019

Thursday of Epiphany 3


First Reading: Zech. 10:1-11:3


 1Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

 2For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.

 3Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.

 4Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.

 5And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

 6And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them.

 7And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.

 8I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.

 9And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.

 10I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them.

 11And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.

 12And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.

 1Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

 2Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

 3There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.



Second Reading: 2 Tim. 3:1-17


 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

 10But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

 11Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

 12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

 14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.



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