May 24th, 2019

Esther


First Reading: Lev. 26:1-20


 1Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

 2Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

 3If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

 4Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

 5And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

 6And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

 7And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.

 8And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

 9For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.

 10And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.

 11And I set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.

 12And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

 13I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

 14But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;

 15And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:

 16I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

 17And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

 18And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

 19And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

 20And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.



Second Reading: Lk. 13:18-35


 18Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

 19It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

 20And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

 21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

 22And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

 23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

 26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

 29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

 30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

 31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

 32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

 33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

 34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

 35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.



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