January 31st, 2019

Thursday of Epiphany 3


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


Restoration of Judah and Israel

 1 Ask the LORD for rain
      In the time of the latter rain.[a]
      The LORD will make flashing clouds;
      He will give them showers of rain,
      Grass in the field for everyone.
       2 For the idols[b] speak delusion;
      The diviners envision lies,
      And tell false dreams;
      They comfort in vain.
      Therefore the people wend their way like sheep;
      They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.
       3 “ My anger is kindled against the shepherds,
      And I will punish the goatherds.
      For the LORD of hosts will visit His flock,
      The house of Judah,
      And will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
       4 From him comes the cornerstone,
      From him the tent peg,
      From him the battle bow,
      From him every ruler[c] together.
       5 They shall be like mighty men,
      Who tread down their enemies
      In the mire of the streets in the battle.
      They shall fight because the LORD is with them,
      And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
       6 “ I will strengthen the house of Judah,
      And I will save the house of Joseph.
      I will bring them back,
      Because I have mercy on them.
      They shall be as though I had not cast them aside;
      For I am the LORD their God,
      And I will hear them.
       7 Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man,
      And their heart shall rejoice as if with wine.
      Yes, their children shall see it and be glad;
      Their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
       8 I will whistle for them and gather them,
      For I will redeem them;
      And they shall increase as they once increased.
       9 “ I will sow them among the peoples,
      And they shall remember Me in far countries;
      They shall live, together with their children,
      And they shall return.
       10 I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt,
      And gather them from Assyria.
      I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon,
      Until no more room is found for them.
       11 He shall pass through the sea with affliction,
      And strike the waves of the sea:
      All the depths of the River[d] shall dry up.
      Then the pride of Assyria shall be brought down,
      And the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
       12 “ So I will strengthen them in the LORD,
      And they shall walk up and down in His name,”
      Says the LORD.

Desolation of Israel

 1 Open your doors, O Lebanon,
      That fire may devour your cedars.
       2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
      Because the mighty trees are ruined.
      Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
      For the thick forest has come down.
       3 There is the sound of wailing shepherds!
      For their glory is in ruins.
      There is the sound of roaring lions!
      For the pride[e] of the Jordan is in ruins.

Footnotes:Zechariah 10:1 That is, spring rain Zechariah 10:2 Hebrew teraphim Zechariah 10:4 Or despot Zechariah 10:11 That is, the Nile Zechariah 11:3 Or floodplain, thicket


Second Reading: 2 Tim. 3:1-17


Perilous Times and Perilous Men

 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

The Man of God and the Word of God

    10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.



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