April 13th, 2019

Saturday of Judica (Lent 5)


First Reading: Ex. 7:1-25

Moses and Aaron Before Pharaoh
 1And the LORD said to Moses, "See, I have made you like(A) God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your(B) prophet. 2(C) You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. 3But(D) I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I(E) multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. 5The Egyptians(F) shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them." 6Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the LORD commanded them. 7Now Moses was(G) eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

 8Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 9"When Pharaoh says to you,(H) 'Prove yourselves by working a miracle,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'" 10So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the(I) magicians of Egypt, also(J) did the same by their secret arts. 12For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13Still(K) Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.

The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood
 14Then the LORD said to Moses, "Pharaoh’s heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. 15(L) Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand(M) the staff that turned into a(N) serpent. 16And you shall say to him, 'The(O) LORD, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, "Let my people go,(P) that they may serve me in the wilderness. But so far, you have not obeyed." 17Thus says the LORD, "By this(Q) you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and(R) it shall turn into blood. 18The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will(S) grow weary of drinking water from the Nile."'" 19And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and(T) stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'"

 20Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he(U) lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the(V) water in the Nile turned into blood. 21And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians(W) could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 22But(X) the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So(Y) Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as(Z) the LORD had said. 23Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart. 24And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the Nile.

 25Seven full days passed after the LORD had struck the Nile.

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Second Reading: Mk. 16:1-20

The Resurrection
 1(A) (B) When the Sabbath was past,(C) Mary Magdalene and(D) Mary the mother of James and(E) Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away(F) the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" 4And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—(G) it was very large. 5And(H) entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side,(I) dressed in(J) a white robe, and(K) they were alarmed. 6And he said to them,(L) "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that(M) he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." 8And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9-20.][a]
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
 9[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week,(N) he appeared first to(O) Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10(P) She went and told those who had been with him,(Q) as they(R) mourned and wept. 11But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they(S) would not believe it.
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
 12(T) After these things(U) he appeared in(V) another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13(W) And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
The Great Commission
 14Afterward(X) he appeared(Y) to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their(Z) unbelief and(AA) hardness of heart, because(AB) they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15And he said to them, (AC) "Go into all the world and(AD) proclaim the gospel to(AE) the whole creation. 16(AF) Whoever believes and is(AG) baptized(AH) will be saved, but(AI) whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And(AJ) these signs will accompany those who believe:(AK) in my name they will cast out demons;(AL) they will speak in new tongues; 18(AM) they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them;(AN) they will lay their hands(AO) on the sick, and they will recover."

 19So then the Lord Jesus,(AP) after he had spoken to them,(AQ) was taken up into heaven and(AR) sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and preached everywhere, while(AS) the Lord worked with them and confirmed(AT) the message(AU) by accompanying signs.]]

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