February 1st, 2019

Friday of Epiphany 3


First Reading: Zech. 11:4-17


 4Thus said the LORD my God:(A) "Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. 5(B) Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, 'Blessed be the LORD,(C) I have become rich,' and their own shepherds have no pity on them. 6For(D) I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the LORD. Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand."

 7(E) So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named(F) Favor, the other I named(G) Union. And I tended the sheep. 8In one month(H) I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also detested me. 9So I said, "I will not be your shepherd.(I) What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed. And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another." 10And I took(J) my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples. 11So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD. 12Then I said to them, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." And they weighed out as my wages(K) thirty pieces of silver. 13Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"—(L) the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the(M) thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter. 14Then I broke(N) my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

 15Then the LORD said to me, "Take once more the equipment of(O) a foolish shepherd. 16For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd(P) who does not care for those being destroyed, or seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy, but(Q) devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
 17(R) "Woe to my worthless shepherd,
   (S) who deserts the flock!May the sword strike his arm
   and(T) his right eye!Let his arm be wholly withered,
   his right eye utterly blinded!"

Cross references:Zechariah 11:4 : Zechariah 11:7 Zechariah 11:5 : Ezek 34:3 Zechariah 11:5 : Hos 12:8 Zechariah 11:6 : Jer 13:14 Zechariah 11:7 : Zechariah 11:4 Zechariah 11:7 : Zechariah 11:10 Zechariah 11:7 : Zechariah 11:14 Zechariah 11:8 : Zechariah 11:3, 16; Zechariah 10:3; Jer 22:11, 18, 24 Zechariah 11:9 : Jer 15:2 Zechariah 11:10 : Zechariah 11:7 Zechariah 11:12 : Exodus 21:32; Matt 26:15 Zechariah 11:13 : Matt 27:9, 10 Zechariah 11:13 : Zechariah 11:12 Zechariah 11:14 : Zechariah 11:7 Zechariah 11:15 : 2 Kgs 24:18-20 Zechariah 11:16 : Ezek 34:4; John 10:13 Zechariah 11:16 : Ezek 34:3 Zechariah 11:17 : Jer 23:1 Zechariah 11:17 : John 10:12 Zechariah 11:17 : 2 Kgs 25:7


Second Reading: 2 Tim. 4:1-18


Preach the Word

 1(A) I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,(B) who is to judge the living and the dead, and by(C) his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;(D) reprove, rebuke, and(E) exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3(F) For the time is coming when people will not endure(G) sound[a] teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and(H) will turn away from listening to the truth and(I) wander off into myths. 5As for you,(J) always be sober-minded,(K) endure suffering, do the work of(L) an evangelist,(M) fulfill your ministry.

 6For(N) I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my(O) departure has come. 7(P) I have fought the good fight,(Q) I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is(R) laid up for me(S) the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,(T) the righteous judge, will award to me on(U) that Day, and not only to me but also to all(V) who have loved his appearing.

Personal Instructions

 9(W) Do your best to come to me soon. 10For(X) Demas,(Y) in love with(Z) this present world,(AA) has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia,[b](AB) Titus to Dalmatia. 11(AC) Luke alone is with me. Get(AD) Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12(AE) Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14(AF) Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm;(AG) the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.(AH) May it not be charged against them! 17But(AI) the Lord stood by me and(AJ) strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and(AK) all the Gentiles might hear it. So(AL) I was rescued(AM) from the lion’s mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.(AN) To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Footnotes:2 Timothy 4:3 Or healthy 2 Timothy 4:10 Some manuscripts Gaul
Cross references:2 Timothy 4:1 : 2 Timothy 2:14; 1 Tim 5:21; 6:13 2 Timothy 4:1 : Acts 10:42 2 Timothy 4:1 : 2 Timothy 4:8; 2 Thess 2:8 2 Timothy 4:2 : 1 Tim 5:20; Titus 1:13; 2:15 2 Timothy 4:2 : 1 Tim 4:13 2 Timothy 4:3 : 2 Timothy 3:1 2 Timothy 4:3 : 1 Tim 1:10 2 Timothy 4:4 : 1 Tim 6:20 2 Timothy 4:4 : 1 Tim 1; 4, 6 2 Timothy 4:5 : 1 Pet 1:13 2 Timothy 4:5 : 2 Timothy 1:8; 2:3, 9 2 Timothy 4:5 : Acts 21:8; Eph 4:11 2 Timothy 4:5 : Col 4:17 2 Timothy 4:6 : Phil 2:17 2 Timothy 4:6 : Phil 1:23; 2 Pet 1:14 2 Timothy 4:7 : 1 Tim 6:12 2 Timothy 4:7 : Acts 20:24 2 Timothy 4:8 : Col 1:5; 1 Pet 1:4 2 Timothy 4:8 : James 1:12 2 Timothy 4:8 : Psalm 7:11 2 Timothy 4:8 : 2 Timothy 1:12 2 Timothy 4:8 : Rev 22:20 2 Timothy 4:9 : 2 Timothy 1:4 2 Timothy 4:10 : Col 4:14; Philem 24 2 Timothy 4:10 : 1 John 2:15 2 Timothy 4:10 : 1 Tim 6:17; Titus 2:12 2 Timothy 4:10 : 2 Timothy 1:15 2 Timothy 4:10 : Titus 3:12 2 Timothy 4:11 : 2 Timothy 4:10 2 Timothy 4:11 : Acts 12:12 2 Timothy 4:12 : Acts 20:4; Eph 6:21; Col 4:7; Titus 3:12 2 Timothy 4:14 : 1 Tim 1:20 2 Timothy 4:14 : Psalm 62:12; Prov 24:12; Neh 6:14; 13:29; Psalm 28:4; Rev 18:6 2 Timothy 4:16 : Acts 7:60 2 Timothy 4:17 : Acts 23:11; 27:23; Matt 10:19 2 Timothy 4:17 : 1 Tim 1:12 2 Timothy 4:17 : Acts 9:15 2 Timothy 4:17 : 2 Timothy 3:11 2 Timothy 4:17 : Psalm 22:21; 1 Sam 17:37 2 Timothy 4:18 : Rom 11:36


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