February 3rd, 2019

Epiphany 4

Explanation of the Week

In Jonah we see ourselves. For Jonah fled from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:1-17), even as we sinners turn our backs on God and go our own way. This brings the storm of God's judgment. But in Jonah we also see Christ. For even as he was in the great fish for three days and three nights, so also Christ Jesus was buried in the depths of death for us and raised on the third day. The Lord of creation, who rules over the wind and the wave (Mt 8:23-27), saved us from the fury of divine wrath by taking the judgment in His own body. His love is the fulfillment of the Law. (Rom 13:8-10) Though our faith be weak in the face of peril, yet we are kept in safety on the ship of the church; for the Son of God is with us. Though the whole creation groans with us under the curse, yet by Jesus' speaking there is a great calm. For we know that our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory to be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18-23)


They cry out to the LORD in their | trouble,*
     and He brings them out of | their distresses.
He | calms the storm,*
     so that its | waves are still. (Psalm 107:28-29)

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for | He is good!*
     For His mercy endures for- | ever.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His | goodness,*
     and for His wonderful works to the child- | ren of men!
They see the works | of the LORD,*
     and His wonders | in the deep.
For He commands the | stormy wind,*
     which lifts up the waves | of the sea. (Psalm 107:1, 8, 24-25)

Collect (LSB)

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, You Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

Almighty God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers that by reason of the fraility of our nature we cannot always stand upright, grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Deus qui nos in tantis periculis constitutos pro humana scis fragilitate non posse subsistere, da nobis salutem mentis et corporis, ut ea quae pro peccatis nostris nos affligunt, te adjuvante vincamus. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Jonah 1:1-17

Jonah Flees the Presence of the LORD

 1Now the word of the LORD came to(A) Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2"Arise, go to(B) Nineveh, that(C) great city, and call out against it,(D) for their evil[a] has come up before me." 3But Jonah(E) rose to flee to(F) Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to(G) Joppa and found a ship going to(H) Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.

 4But(I) the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened(J) to break up. 5Then the mariners were afraid, and(K) each cried out to his god. And(L) they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. 6So the captain came and said to him, "What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise,(M) call out to your god!(N) Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish."

Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

 7And they said to one another, "Come, let us(O) cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. 8Then they said to him, "Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" 9And he said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear(P) the LORD, the God of heaven,(Q) who made the sea and the dry land." 10Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, "What is this that you have done!" For the men knew that(R) he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

 11Then they said to him, "What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?" For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12He said to them, "Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you,(S) for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you." 13Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[b] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14Therefore they called out to the LORD, "O LORD, let us not perish for this man’s life, and(T) lay not on us innocent blood,(U) for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you." 15So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea,(V) and the sea ceased from its raging. 16Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly,(W) and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD(X) and made vows.

A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

 17[c] And the LORD appointed[d] a great fish to swallow up Jonah.(Y) And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Footnotes:Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars] Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
Cross references:Jonah 1:1 : 2 Kgs 14:25 Jonah 1:2 : Gen 10:11, 12; 2 Kgs 19:36; Nah 1:1; Zeph 2:13; Matt 12:41; Luke 11:30, 32 Jonah 1:2 : Jonah 3:3; 4:11 Jonah 1:2 : Rev 18:5 Jonah 1:3 : Jonah 4:2 Jonah 1:3 : 1 Kgs 10:22 Jonah 1:3 : Josh 19:46 Jonah 1:3 : Gen 4:16; Psalm 139:9, 10 Jonah 1:4 : Psalm 107:25 Jonah 1:4 : 1 Kgs 22:48; Psalm 48:7 Jonah 1:5 : Psalm 107:28 Jonah 1:5 : Acts 27:18, 19, 38 Jonah 1:6 : Jonah 1:5 Jonah 1:6 : Jonah 3:9 Jonah 1:7 : Judg 20:9 Jonah 1:9 : Rev 11:13 Jonah 1:9 : Psalm 146:6 Jonah 1:10 : Jonah 1:3 Jonah 1:12 : Josh 7:20 Jonah 1:14 : Deut 21:8 Jonah 1:14 : Psalm 115:3 Jonah 1:15 : Psalm 65:7; Luke 8:24 Jonah 1:16 : Gen 8:20; 31:54 Jonah 1:16 : Jonah 2:9 Jonah 1:17 : Matt 12:40; 16:4; Luke 11:30

Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1-3

Israel’s Only Savior

 1But now thus says the LORD,(A) he who created you, O Jacob,
   he who formed you, O Israel:(B) "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
   (C) I have called you by name, you are mine. 2(D) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;(E) when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
   and the flame shall not consume you. 3For(F) I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.(G) I give Egypt as your ransom,
   Cush and(H) Seba in exchange for you.

Cross references:Isaiah 43:1 : Isaiah 44:2, 21, 24 Isaiah 43:1 : Isaiah 41:14 Isaiah 43:1 : Isaiah 45:3, 4; Gen 32:28 Isaiah 43:2 : Psalm 66:12 Isaiah 43:2 : Isaiah 42:25; Dan 3:25, 27 Isaiah 43:3 : Exodus 20:2 Isaiah 43:3 : Isaiah 45:14; 52:3, 4 Isaiah 43:3 : Psalm 72:10


The nations shall fear the name | of the LORD,*
     and all the kings of the earth Your | glory.
For the LORD shall build up | Zion;*
     He shall appear in His | glory. (Psalm 102:15–16)

Epistle: Rom. 13:8-10

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

 8(A) Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for(B) the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments,(C) "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this word:(D) "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore(E) love is the fulfilling of the law.

Cross references:Romans 13:8 : Lev 19:13; Prov 3:27, 28 Romans 13:8 : Romans 13:10; Matt 22:40; Col 3:14; John 13:34 Romans 13:9 : Matt 19:18; Exodus 20:13-17; Deut 5:17-21 Romans 13:9 : Lev 19:18 Romans 13:10 : John 14:15; Romans 13:8


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
The LORD reigns; let the | earth rejoice,*
     let the multitude of nations be glad! Alle- | luia. (Psalm 97:1)

Gospel: Matt. 8:23-27

Jesus Calms a Storm

 23(A) And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but(B) he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him, saying,(C) "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." 26And he said to them, "Why are you(D) afraid,(E) O you of little faith?" Then he rose and(F) rebuked the winds and the sea, and(G) there was a great calm. 27And the men(H) marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even(I) winds and sea obey him?"

Cross references:Matthew 8:23 : For Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:36-41; Luke 8:22-25; John 6:16-21 Matthew 8:24 : John 4:6, 7 Matthew 8:25 : Matthew 14:30 Matthew 8:26 : John 14:27 Matthew 8:26 : Matthew 6:30 Matthew 8:26 : Psalm 104:6, 7; Luke 4:39 Matthew 8:26 : Job 38:11; Psalm 65:7; Matthew 14:32 Matthew 8:27 : Mark 1:27 Matthew 8:27 : Luke 5:9


The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD. (Psalm 118)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 2

The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed

 1(A) Why do(B) the nations rage[a]
   and the peoples plot in vain? 2The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the LORD and against his(C) Anointed, saying, 3"Let us(D) burst their bonds apart
   and cast away their cords from us."

 4He who(E) sits in the heavens(F) laughs;
   the Lord holds them in derision. 5Then he will speak to them in his(G) wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6"As for me, I have(H) set my King
   on(I) Zion, my(J) holy hill."

 7I will tell of the decree:The LORD said to me,(K) "You are my Son;
   today I have begotten you. 8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and(L) the ends of the earth your possession. 9You shall(M) break[b] them with(N) a rod of iron
   and dash them in pieces like(O) a potter’s vessel."

 10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11(P) Serve the LORD with(Q) fear,
   and(R) rejoice with trembling. 12(S) Kiss(T) the Son,
   lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
   for his(U) wrath is quickly kindled.(V) Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Footnotes:Psalm 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble Psalm 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule
Cross references:Psalm 2:1 : Cited Acts 4:25, 26 Psalm 2:1 : Psalm 46:6 Psalm 2:2 : Psalm 18:50; 20:6; 45:7; 89:20 Psalm 2:3 : Jer 5:5 Psalm 2:4 : Psalm 11:4; 29:10; Isa 40:22 Psalm 2:4 : Psalm 37:13; 59:8; Job 22:19; Prov 1:26 Psalm 2:5 : Rev 6:16, 17 Psalm 2:6 : Prov 8:23 Psalm 2:6 : 2 Sam 5:7; Psalm 110:2 Psalm 2:6 : Psalm 3:4; 15:1; 43:3; 99:9 Psalm 2:7 : Rom 1:4; Cited Acts 13:33; Heb 1:5; 5:5 Psalm 2:8 : Psalm 72:8; 89:27; Dan 7:14 Psalm 2:9 : Psalm 89:23; Job 34:24 Psalm 2:9 : Rev 2:27; 12:5; 19:15 Psalm 2:9 : Isa 30:14; Jer 19:11 Psalm 2:11 : Heb 12:28 Psalm 2:11 : Phil 2:12 Psalm 2:11 : Phil 4:4 Psalm 2:12 : 1 Sam 10:1; 1 Kgs 19:18; John 5:23 Psalm 2:12 : Prov 31:2 Psalm 2:12 : Psalms 42:5 Psalm 2:12 : Psalm 34:8; 84:12; Prov 16:20; Jer 17:7; Psalm 146:5; Isa 30:18

First Reading: Zech. 14:1-21

The Coming Day of the LORD

 1Behold,(A) a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2For(B) I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and(C) the city shall be taken(D) and the houses plundered(E) and the women raped.(F) Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3(G) Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4(H) On that day his feet shall stand(I) on(J) the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and(K) the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from(L) the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

 6(M) On that day(N) there shall be no light, cold, or frost.[a] 7(O) And there shall be a unique[b] day,(P) which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but(Q) at evening time there shall be light.

 8(R) On that day(S) living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to(T) the eastern sea[c] and half of them to(U) the western sea.[d] It shall continue in summer as in winter.

 9And(V) the LORD will be king over all the earth.(W) On that day the LORD will be(X) one and(Y) his name one.

 10(Z) The whole land shall be turned into a plain from(AA) Geba to(AB) Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But(AC) Jerusalem shall remain aloft(AD) on its site from(AE) the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to(AF) the Corner Gate, and from(AG) the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11And it shall be inhabited, for(AH) there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction.[e](AI) Jerusalem shall dwell in security.

 12And this shall be(AJ) the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.

 13And(AK) on that day a great panic from the LORD shall fall on them, so that(AL) each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14Even(AM) Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And(AN) the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15And(AO) a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.

 16Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem(AP) shall go up year after year to worship(AQ) the King, the LORD of hosts, and(AR) to keep(AS) the Feast of Booths. 17And if(AT) any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship(AU) the King, the LORD of hosts,(AV) there will be no rain on them. 18And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain;[f] there shall be(AW) the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up(AX) to keep the Feast of Booths. 19This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up(AY) to keep the Feast of Booths.

 20And(AZ) on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses,(BA) "Holy to the LORD." And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar. 21And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be(BB) holy to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And(BC) there shall no longer be(BD) a trader[g] in the house of the LORD of hosts(BE) on that day.

Footnotes:Zechariah 14:6 Compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain Zechariah 14:7 Hebrew one Zechariah 14:8 That is, the Dead Sea Zechariah 14:8 That is, the Mediterranean Sea Zechariah 14:11 The Hebrew term rendered decree of utter destruction refers to things devoted (or set apart) to the Lord (or by the Lord) for destruction Zechariah 14:18 Hebrew lacks rain Zechariah 14:21 Or Canaanite
Cross references:Zechariah 14:1 : Joel 1:15 Zechariah 14:2 : Joel 3:2 Zechariah 14:2 : Luke 21:24 Zechariah 14:2 : Isa 13:16 Zechariah 14:2 : Lam 5:11 Zechariah 14:2 : Zechariah 13:8; Matt 24:40, 41 Zechariah 14:3 : Zechariah 12:9 Zechariah 14:4 : Zechariah 14:1; Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 14:4 : Ezek 11:23 Zechariah 14:4 : 2 Sam 15:30 Zechariah 14:4 : Zechariah 14:10 Zechariah 14:5 : Amos 1:1 Zechariah 14:6 : Zechariah 14:4 Zechariah 14:6 : Isa 60:19; Rev 21:23 Zechariah 14:7 : Rev 21:25 Zechariah 14:7 : Matt 24:36 Zechariah 14:7 : Isa 30:26 Zechariah 14:8 : Zechariah 14:4 Zechariah 14:8 : John 4:10; Rev 22:1; Isa 33:21; Ezek 47:1; Joel 3:18 Zechariah 14:8 : Joel 2:20 Zechariah 14:8 : Isa 33:16 Zechariah 14:9 : Psalm 47:7; Zechariah 14:16, 17; Mal 1:14 Zechariah 14:9 : Zechariah 14:1; Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 14:9 : Eph 4:5, 6 Zechariah 14:9 : Zechariah 13:2 Zechariah 14:10 : Zechariah 14:4; Isa 40:4 Zechariah 14:10 : Josh 18:24 Zechariah 14:10 : Josh 15:32 Zechariah 14:10 : Isa 2:2 Zechariah 14:10 : Zechariah 12:6; Zechariah 2:4 Zechariah 14:10 : Jer 37:13 Zechariah 14:10 : Jer 31:38 Zechariah 14:10 : Neh 3:1; Jer 31:38 Zechariah 14:11 : Rev 22:3 Zechariah 14:11 : Jer 23:6 Zechariah 14:12 : Zechariah 14:15, 18 Zechariah 14:13 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 14:13 : Hag 2:22; 1 Sam 14:20 Zechariah 14:14 : Zechariah 12:2 Zechariah 14:14 : Ezek 39:10 Zechariah 14:15 : Zechariah 14:12 Zechariah 14:16 : Zechariah 8:21 Zechariah 14:16 : Zechariah 14:9 Zechariah 14:16 : Nah 1:15; Lev 23:34 Zechariah 14:16 : Lev 23:39-43 Zechariah 14:17 : Isa 60:12 Zechariah 14:17 : Zechariah 14:16 Zechariah 14:17 : 1 Kgs 17:1 Zechariah 14:18 : Zechariah 14:15 Zechariah 14:18 : Zechariah 14:16 Zechariah 14:19 : Zechariah 14:16 Zechariah 14:20 : Zechariah 12:3 Zechariah 14:20 : Exodus 28:36; Isa 23:18; Mic 4:13 Zechariah 14:21 : Zechariah 14:20 Zechariah 14:21 : Ezek 44:9; Joel 3:17 Zechariah 14:21 : Deut 7:1, 2 Zechariah 14:21 : Zechariah 14:20

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 97

The LORD Reigns

 1(A) The LORD reigns,(B) let the earth rejoice;
   let the many(C) coastlands be glad! 2(D) Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
   (E) righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3(F) Fire goes before him
   and burns up his adversaries all around. 4His(G) lightnings light up the world;
   the earth sees and(H) trembles. 5The mountains(I) melt like(J) wax before the LORD,
   before(K) the Lord of all the earth.

 6(L) The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
   and all(M) the peoples see his glory. 7All worshipers of images are(N) put to shame,
   who make their boast in(O) worthless idols;
   (P) worship him, all you gods!

 8Zion hears and(Q) is glad,
   and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
   because of your judgments, O LORD. 9For you, O LORD, are(R) most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above(S) all gods.

 10O you who love the LORD,(T) hate evil!
   He(U) preserves the lives of his(V) saints;
   he(W) delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11(X) Light(Y) is sown[a] for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart. 12(Z) Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
   and(AA) give thanks to his holy name!

Footnotes:Psalm 97:11 Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome Light dawns
Cross references:Psalm 97:1 : Psalm 93:1 Psalm 97:1 : Psalm 96:11 Psalm 97:1 : Psalm 72:10 Psalm 97:2 : Exodus 19:9; Deut 4:11; 5:22; 1 Kgs 8:12; Psalm 18:11 Psalm 97:2 : Psalm 89:14 Psalm 97:3 : Psalm 21:9; 50:3 Psalm 97:4 : Psalm 77:18 Psalm 97:4 : Psalm 96:9 Psalm 97:5 : Nah 1:5; Judg 5:5 Psalm 97:5 : Psalm 68:2 Psalm 97:5 : Josh 3:11 Psalm 97:6 : Psalm 50:6 Psalm 97:6 : Isa 40:5; 66:18; Psalm 96:3 Psalm 97:7 : Isa 42:17; 44:9 Psalm 97:7 : Psalm 96:5 Psalm 97:7 : Heb 1:6 Psalm 97:8 : Psalm 48:11 Psalm 97:9 : Psalm 83:18 Psalm 97:9 : Psalm 95:3 Psalm 97:10 : Prov 8:13; Amos 5:15; Rom 12:9; Psalm 34:14 Psalm 97:10 : Psalm 31:23; 37:28; 121:4; 145:20; Prov 2:8 Psalm 97:10 : Psalm 30:4 Psalm 97:10 : Dan 3:28; 6:27; Acts 12:11 Psalm 97:11 : Psalm 112:4; 118:27; Prov 4:18 Psalm 97:11 : Prov 11:18; Hos 10:12; James 3:18 Psalm 97:12 : Psalm 32:11 Psalm 97:12 : Psalm 30:4

Second Reading: Titus 2:7-3:15

7Show yourself in all respects to be(A) a model of good works, and in your teaching(B) show integrity,(C) dignity, 8and(D) sound speech that cannot be condemned,(E) so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 9(F) Slaves[a] are to be submissive to their own masters(G) in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10not pilfering,(H) but showing all good faith,(I) so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

 11For(J) the grace of God(K) has appeared, bringing salvation(L) for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and(M) worldly passions, and(N) to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in(O) the present age, 13(P) waiting for our blessed(Q) hope, the(R) appearing of the glory of our great(S) God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14(T) who gave himself for us to(U) redeem us from all lawlessness and(V) to purify for himself(W) a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

 15Declare these things; exhort and(X) rebuke with all authority.(Y) Let no one disregard you.

Be Ready for Every Good Work
 1Remind them(Z) to be submissive to rulers and authorities,(AA) to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2(AB) to speak evil of no one,(AC) to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and(AD) to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3For(AE) we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when(AF) the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us,(AG) not because of works done by us in righteousness, but(AH) according to his own mercy, by(AI) the washing of regeneration and(AJ) renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6whom he(AK) poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that(AL) being justified by his grace we might become(AM) heirs(AN) according to the hope of eternal life. 8The saying is(AO) trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful(AP) to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9But(AQ) avoid foolish(AR) controversies,(AS) genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for(AT) they are unprofitable and worthless. 10As for a person who stirs up division,(AU) after warning him once and then twice,(AV) have nothing more to do with him, 11knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
Final Instructions and Greetings
 12When I send Artemas or(AW) Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me(AX) at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and(AY) Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14And let our people learn(AZ) to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not(BA) be unfruitful.

 15All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith.


   (BB) Grace be with you all.

Footnotes:Titus 2:9 Or servants; Greek bondservants
Cross references:Titus 2:7 : 1 Tim 4:12; 1 Pet 5:3 Titus 2:7 : 2 Cor 11:3 Titus 2:7 : 1 Tim 2:2 Titus 2:8 : 1 Tim 6:3 Titus 2:8 : Neh 5:9; 1 Tim 5:14; 1 Pet 2:12; 3:16 Titus 2:9 : 1 Pet 2:18 Titus 2:9 : Col 3:22 Titus 2:10 : 1 Tim 3:11 Titus 2:10 : Matt 5:16; Phil 2:15 Titus 2:11 : Titus 3:7; Acts 11:23 Titus 2:11 : Titus 3:4 Titus 2:11 : Psalm 67:2; 1 Tim 2:4 Titus 2:12 : 1 Pet 4:2; 1 John 2:16 Titus 2:12 : 2 Tim 3:12; Acts 24:25 Titus 2:12 : 1 Tim 6:17; 2 Tim 4:10 Titus 2:13 : 1 Cor 1:7; 2 Pet 3:12 Titus 2:13 : Titus 1:2 Titus 2:13 : 2 Thess 2:8 Titus 2:13 : 2 Pet 1:1 Titus 2:14 : Matt 20:28 Titus 2:14 : Psalm 130:8; 1 Pet 1:18 Titus 2:14 : Ezek 37:23; Exodus 19:5 Titus 2:14 : Titus 3:8; Eph 2:10 Titus 2:15 : Titus 1:13; 1 Tim 5:20 Titus 2:15 : 1 Tim 4:12 Titus 3:1 : Rom 13:1; 1 Pet 2:13 Titus 3:1 : 2 Tim 2:21 Titus 3:2 : Eph 4:31 Titus 3:2 : 1 Tim 3:3 Titus 3:2 : 2 Tim 2:25 Titus 3:3 : 1 Cor 6:11 Titus 3:4 : Rom 2:4 Titus 3:5 : Rom 3:27 Titus 3:5 : Eph 2:4; 1 Pet 1:3 Titus 3:5 : John 3:5; 1 Cor 6:11; 1 Pet 3:21 Titus 3:5 : Rom 12:2 Titus 3:6 : Joel 2:28; Acts 2:33; 10:45; Rom 5:5 Titus 3:7 : Titus 2:11 Titus 3:7 : Rom 8:17 Titus 3:7 : Titus 1:2 Titus 3:8 : 1 Tim 1:15 Titus 3:8 : Titus 3:14; Titus 2:14 Titus 3:9 : 2 Tim 2:16 Titus 3:9 : 1 Tim 6:4 Titus 3:9 : 1 Tim 1:4 Titus 3:9 : 2 Tim 2:14 Titus 3:10 : Matt 18:15 Titus 3:10 : 2 John 10 Titus 3:12 : 2 Tim 4:12 Titus 3:12 : 2 Tim 4:10 Titus 3:13 : Acts 18:24 Titus 3:14 : Titus 3:8 Titus 3:14 : 2 Pet 1:8; Phil 1:11; 4:17; Col 1:10 Titus 3:15 : Col 4:18


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