February 1st, 2019

Friday of Epiphany 3


First Reading: Zech. 11:4-17


 4Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

 5Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

 6For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.

 7And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

 8Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

 9Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

 10And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.

 11And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.

 12And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

 13And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.

 14Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

 15And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

 16For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

 17Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.



Second Reading: 2 Tim. 4:1-18


 1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

 2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

 6For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

 7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

 8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 9Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

 10For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

 11Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

 12And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

 13The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.

 14Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

 15Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

 16At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

 17Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

 18And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.



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