June 9th, 2019

Whitsunday (Feast of Pentecost)


Explanation of the Week

Man's self-exaltation causes a confusion of language. In his desire to make a name for himself, he brings the judgment of being divided and scattered. (Gen 11:1-9) However, by the coming of the Holy Spirit, mankind is brought together and united in Christ. Language barriers are broken down as the people hear the wonderful works of God in their own native tongue. (Acts 2:1-21) Through the preaching of the cross, the Holy Spirit draws people from all nations into the one, holy, Christian, apostolic church. The Holy Spirit teaches and brings to our remembrance the words of Jesus, which are the words of the Father who sent Him. These words bestow forgiveness and peace to those who keep and hold on to them in love for Jesus. For He said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (Jn 14:23-31)

Introit

Antiphon:
The Spirit of the Lord fills the world. Alle- | luia.*
     Let the righ- | teous be glad;
let them rejoice be- | fore God;*
     yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Alle- | luia. (Wisdom 1:7; Psalm 68:3)

Psalm:
Let God arise, let His enemies be | scattered;*
     let those also who hate Him flee be- | fore Him.
Sing to God, sing praises | to His name;*
     extol Him who rides | on the clouds.
The Lord | gave the Word;*
     great was the company of those who pro- | claimed it.
He sends out His voice, a | mighty voice.*
     The God of Israel gives strength and power to His | people. (Psalm 68:1, 4, 11, 33, 35)

Collect (LSB)

O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Collect (TLH)

O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending to them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Deus qui hodierno die corda fidelium sanci Spiritus illustratione docuisti, da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de eius consolatione semper gaudere. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem Spiritus sancti Deus. Per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Gen. 11:1-9

Universal Language, Babel, Confusion

 1Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.

 2It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land (A)of Shinar and settled there.

 3They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used (B)tar for mortar.

 4They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top (C)will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves (D)a name, otherwise we (E)will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."

 5(F)The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

 6The LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have (G)the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.

 7"Come, (H)let Us go down and there (I)confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech."

 8So the LORD (J)scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.

 9Therefore its name was called [a](K)Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

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Old Testament: Joel 2:28-32

The Promise of the Spirit

    28"(A)It will come about after this
         That I will (B)pour out My Spirit on all (C)mankind;
         And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
         Your old men will dream dreams,
         Your young men will see visions.
    29"Even on the (D)male and female servants
         I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

The Day of the LORD

    30"I will (E)display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
         Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
    31"The (F)sun will be turned into darkness
         And the moon into blood
         Before the (G)great and awesome day of the LORD comes.
    32"And it will come about that (H)whoever calls on the name of the LORD
         Will be delivered;
         For (I)on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
         There will be those who (J)escape,
         As the LORD has said,
         Even among the (K)survivors whom the LORD calls.

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Epistle: Acts 2:1-13

The Day of Pentecost

 1When (A)the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

 2And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled (B)the whole house where they were sitting.

 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.

 4And they were all (C)filled with the Holy Spirit and began to (D)speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

 5Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, (E)devout men from every nation under heaven.

 6And when (F)this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

 7(G)They were amazed and astonished, saying, "Why, are not all these who are speaking (H)Galileans?

 8"And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?

 9"Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and (I)Cappadocia, (J)Pontus and (K)Asia,

 10(L)Phrygia and (M)Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around (N)Cyrene, and (O)visitors from Rome, both Jews and [a](P)proselytes,

 11Cretans and Arabs--we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God."

 12And (Q)they all continued in amazement and great perplexity, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"

 13But others were mocking and saying, "(R)They are full of sweet wine."

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Verse

Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
You send forth Your Spirit, they are cre- | ated;*
     and You renew the face of the earth. Alle- | luia.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the | faithful,*
     and kindle them in the fire of Your love. Alle- | luia. (Psalm 104:30, Liturgical text)

Gospel: John 14:23-31

 23Jesus answered and said to him, "(A)If anyone loves Me, he will (B)keep My word; and (C)My Father will love him, and We (D)will come to him and make Our abode with him.

 24"He who does not love Me (E)does not keep My words; and (F)the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.

 25"These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.

 26"But the (G)Helper, the Holy Spirit, (H)whom the Father will send in My name, (I)He will teach you all things, and (J)bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

 27"(K)Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you (L)Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

 28"(M)You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and (N)I will come to you ' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because (O)I go to the Father, for (P)the Father is greater than I.

 29"Now (Q)I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.

 30"I will not speak much more with you, for (R)the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;

 31but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as (S)the Father commanded Me Get up, (T)let us go from here.

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Offertory

Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us. Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, Kings will bring presents to You, Alleluia. (Psalm 68)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 48; Ps. 68; Ps. 45

The Beauty and Glory of Zion.

A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.

    1(A)Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
         In the (B)city of our God, His (C)holy mountain.
    2(D)Beautiful in elevation, (E)the joy of the whole earth,
         Is Mount Zion in the far north,
         The (F)city of the great King.
    3God, in her palaces,
         Has made Himself known as a (G)stronghold.
    4For, lo, the (H)kings assembled themselves,
         They passed by together.
    5They saw it, then they were amazed;
         They were (I)terrified, they fled in alarm.
    6Panic seized them there,
         Anguish, as of (J)a woman in childbirth.
    7With the (K)east wind
         You (L)break the (M)ships of Tarshish.
    8As we have heard, so have we seen
         In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God;
         God will (N)establish her forever. Selah.
    9We have thought on (O)Your lovingkindness, O God,
         In the midst of Your temple.
    10As is Your (P)name, O God,
         So is Your (Q)praise to the ends of the earth;
         Your (R)right hand is full of righteousness.
    11Let Mount (S)Zion be glad,
         Let the (T)daughters of Judah rejoice
         Because of Your judgments.
    12Walk about Zion and go around her;
         Count her (U)towers;
    13Consider her (V)ramparts;
         Go through her palaces,
         That you may (W)tell it to the next generation.
    14For such is God,
         Our God forever and ever;
         He will (X)guide us [a]until death.

Footnotes:Psalm 48:14 Lit upon; some mss and the Gr read forever
Cross references:Psalm 48:1 : 1 Chr 16:25; Ps 96:4; 145:3 Psalm 48:1 : Ps 46:4 Psalm 48:1 : Ps 2:6; 87:1; Is 2:3; Mic 4:1; Zech 8:3 Psalm 48:2 : Ps 50:2 Psalm 48:2 : Lam 2:15 Psalm 48:2 : Matt 5:35 Psalm 48:3 : Ps 46:7 Psalm 48:4 : 2 Sam 10:6-19 Psalm 48:5 : Ex 15:15 Psalm 48:6 : Is 13:8 Psalm 48:7 : Jer 18:17 Psalm 48:7 : 1 Kin 22:48 Psalm 48:7 : 1 Kin 10:22; Ezek 27:25 Psalm 48:8 : Ps 87:5 Psalm 48:9 : Ps 26:3; 40:10 Psalm 48:10 : Deut 28:58; Josh 7:9; Mal 1:11 Psalm 48:10 : Ps 65:1, 2; 100:1 Psalm 48:10 : Is 41:10 Psalm 48:11 : Ps 97:8 Psalm 48:11 : Ps 97:8 Psalm 48:12 : Neh 3:1, 11, 25-27 Psalm 48:13 : Ps 122:7 Psalm 48:13 : Ps 78:5-7 Psalm 48:14 : Ps 23:4; Is 58:11




The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

    1Let (A)God arise, let His enemies be scattered,
         And let those who hate Him flee before Him.
    2As (B)smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
         As (C)wax melts before the fire,
         So let the (D)wicked perish before God.
    3But let the (E)righteous be glad; let them exult before God;
         Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.
    4Sing to God, (F)sing praises to His name;
         (G)Lift up a song for Him who (H)rides through the deserts,
         Whose (I)name is the LORD, and exult before Him.
    5A (J)father of the fatherless and a (K)judge [a]for the widows,
         Is God in His (L)holy habitation.
    6God (M)makes a home for the lonely;
         He (N)leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
         Only (O)the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
    7O God, when You (P)went forth before Your people,
         When You (Q)marched through the wilderness, Selah.
    8The (R)earth quaked;
         The (S)heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
         (T)Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
    9You (U)shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
         You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.
    10Your creatures settled in it;
         You (V)provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.
    11The Lord gives the command;
         The (W)women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:
    12"(X)Kings of armies flee, they flee,
         And she who remains at home will (Y)divide the spoil!"
    13[b]When you lie down (Z)among the [c]sheepfolds,
         You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
         And its pinions with glistening gold.
    14When the Almighty (AA)scattered the kings there,
         It was snowing in (AB)Zalmon.
    15A (AC)mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
         A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
    16Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks,
         At the mountain which God has (AD)desired for His abode?
         Surely (AE)the LORD will dwell there forever.
    17The (AF)chariots of God are [d]myriads, (AG)thousands upon thousands;
         The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
    18You have (AH)ascended on high, You have (AI)led captive Your captives;
         You have received gifts among men,
         Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.
    19Blessed be the Lord, who daily (AJ)bears our burden,
         (AK)The God who is our salvation. Selah.
    20God is to us a (AL)God of deliverances;
         And (AM)to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.
    21Surely God will (AN)shatter the head of His enemies,
         The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.
    22The Lord said, "(AO)I will bring them back from Bashan.
         I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;
    23That (AP)your foot may shatter them in blood,
         The tongue of your (AQ)dogs may have its portion from your enemies."
    24They have seen (AR)Your procession, O God,
         The procession of my God, my King, (AS)into the sanctuary.
    25The (AT)singers went on, the musicians after them,
         In the midst of the (AU)maidens beating tambourines.
    26(AV)Bless God in the congregations,
         Even the LORD, you who are of the (AW)fountain of Israel.
    27There is (AX)Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them,
         The princes of Judah in their throng,
         The princes of (AY)Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
    28Your God has (AZ)commanded your strength;
         Show Yourself strong, O God, (BA)who have acted on our behalf.
    29Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
         (BB)Kings will bring gifts to You.
    30Rebuke the (BC)beasts in the reeds,
         The herd of (BD)bulls with the calves of the peoples,
         Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;
         He has (BE)scattered the peoples who delight in war.
    31Envoys will come out of (BF)Egypt;
         (BG)Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
    32Sing to God, O (BH)kingdoms of the earth,
         (BI)Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
    33To Him who (BJ)rides upon the (BK)highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
         Behold, (BL)He speaks forth with His voice, a (BM)mighty voice.
    34(BN)Ascribe strength to God;
         His majesty is over Israel
         And (BO)His strength is in the skies.
    35O God, You are (BP)awesome from Your sanctuary
         The God of Israel Himself (BQ)gives strength and power to the people
         (BR)Blessed be God!

Footnotes:Psalm 68:5 Lit of Psalm 68:13 Lit If Psalm 68:13 Or cooking stones or saddle bags Psalm 68:17 Lit twice ten thousand
Cross references:Psalm 68:1 : Num 10:35; Ps 12:5; 132:8 Psalm 68:2 : Ps 37:20; Is 9:18; Hos 13:3 Psalm 68:2 : Ps 22:14; 97:5; Mic 1:4 Psalm 68:2 : Ps 9:3; 37:20; 80:16 Psalm 68:3 : Ps 32:11; 64:10; 97:12 Psalm 68:4 : Ps 66:2 Psalm 68:4 : Is 57:14; 62:10 Psalm 68:4 : Deut 33:26; Ps 18:10; 68:33; Is 40:3 Psalm 68:4 : Ex 6:3; Ps 83:18 Psalm 68:5 : Ps 10:14; 146:9 Psalm 68:5 : Deut 10:18 Psalm 68:5 : Deut 26:15 Psalm 68:6 : Ps 107:4-7; 113:9 Psalm 68:6 : Ps 69:33; 102:20; 107:10, 14; 146:7; Acts 12:7; 16:26 Psalm 68:6 : Ps 78:17; 107:34, 40 Psalm 68:7 : Ex 13:21; Ps 78:14; Hab 3:13 Psalm 68:7 : Judg 5:4; Ps 78:52 Psalm 68:8 : Ex 19:18; Judg 5:4; 2 Sam 22:8; Ps 77:18; Jer 10:10 Psalm 68:8 : Judg 5:4; Ps 18:9; Is 45:8 Psalm 68:8 : Ex 19:18; Judg 5:5 Psalm 68:9 : Lev 26:4; Deut 11:11; Job 5:10; Ezek 34:26 Psalm 68:10 : Ps 65:9; 74:19; 78:20; 107:9 Psalm 68:11 : Ex 15:20; 1 Sam 18:6 Psalm 68:12 : Josh 10:16; Judg 5:19; Ps 135:11 Psalm 68:12 : Judg 5:30; 1 Sam 30:24 Psalm 68:13 : Gen 49:14; Judg 5:16 Psalm 68:14 : Josh 10:10 Psalm 68:14 : Judg 9:48 Psalm 68:15 : Ps 36:6 Psalm 68:16 : Deut 12:5; Ps 87:1, 2; 132:13 Psalm 68:16 : Ps 132:14 Psalm 68:17 : 2 Kin 6:17; Hab 3:8 Psalm 68:17 : Deut 33:2; Dan 7:10 Psalm 68:18 : Ps 7:7; 47:5; Eph 4:8 Psalm 68:18 : Judg 5:12 Psalm 68:19 : Ps 55:22; Is 46:4 Psalm 68:19 : Ps 65:5 Psalm 68:20 : Ps 106:43 Psalm 68:20 : Deut 32:39; Ps 49:15; 56:13 Psalm 68:21 : Ps 110:6; Hab 3:13 Psalm 68:22 : Num 21:33; Amos 9:1-3 Psalm 68:23 : Ps 58:10 Psalm 68:23 : 1 Kin 21:19; Jer 15:3 Psalm 68:24 : Ps 77:13 Psalm 68:24 : Ps 63:2 Psalm 68:25 : 1 Chr 13:8; 15:6; Ps 47:6 Psalm 68:25 : Ex 15:20; Judg 11:34 Psalm 68:26 : Ps 22:22, 23; 26:12 Psalm 68:26 : Deut 33:28; Is 48:1 Psalm 68:27 : Judg 5:14; 1 Sam 9:21 Psalm 68:27 : Judg 5:18 Psalm 68:28 : Ps 29:11; 44:4 Psalm 68:28 : Is 26:12 Psalm 68:29 : 1 Kin 10:10, 25; 2 Chr 32:23; Ps 45:12; 72:10; Is 18:7 Psalm 68:30 : Job 40:21; Ezek 29:3 Psalm 68:30 : Ps 22:12 Psalm 68:30 : Ps 18:14; 89:10 Psalm 68:31 : Is 19:19, 21 Psalm 68:31 : Is 45:14; Zeph 3:10 Psalm 68:32 : Ps 102:22 Psalm 68:32 : Ps 67:4 Psalm 68:33 : Deut 33:26; Ps 18:10; 104:3 Psalm 68:33 : Deut 10:14; 1 Kin 8:27 Psalm 68:33 : Ps 46:6 Psalm 68:33 : Ps 29:4 Psalm 68:34 : Ps 29:1 Psalm 68:34 : Ps 150:1 Psalm 68:35 : Deut 7:21; 10:17; Ps 47:2; 66:5 Psalm 68:35 : Ps 29:11; Is 40:29 Psalm 68:35 : Ps 66:20; 2 Cor 1:3




A Song Celebrating the King's Marriage.

For the choir director; according to the Shoshannim [a]. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

    1My heart [b]overflows with a good theme;
         I address my verses to the King;
         My tongue is the pen of (A)a ready writer.
    2You are fairer than the sons of men;
         (B)Grace is poured upon Your lips;
         Therefore God has (C)blessed You forever.
    3Gird (D)Your sword on Your thigh, O (E)Mighty One,
         In Your splendor and Your majesty!
    4And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
         For the cause of truth and (F)meekness and righteousness;
         Let Your (G)right hand teach You awesome things.
    5Your (H)arrows are sharp;
         The (I)peoples fall under You;
         Your arrows are (J)in the heart of the King's enemies.
    6(K)Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
         A scepter of (L)uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
    7You have (M)loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
         Therefore God, Your God, has (N)anointed You
         With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
    8All Your garments are fragrant with (O)myrrh and aloes and cassia;
         Out of ivory palaces (P)stringed instruments have made You glad.
    9Kings' daughters are among (Q)Your noble ladies;
         At Your (R)right hand stands the queen in (S)gold from Ophir.
    10Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
         (T)Forget your people and your father's house;
    11Then the King will desire your beauty.
         Because He is your (U)Lord, (V)bow down to Him.
    12The daughter of (W)Tyre will come with a gift;
         The (X)rich among the people will seek your favor.
    13The King's daughter is all glorious within;
         Her clothing is (Y)interwoven with gold.
    14She will be (Z)led to the King (AA)in embroidered work;
         The (AB)virgins, her companions who follow her,
         Will be brought to You.
    15They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing;
         They will enter into the King's palace.
    16In place of your fathers will be your sons;
         You shall make them princes in all the earth.
    17I will cause (AC)Your name to be remembered in all generations;
         Therefore the peoples (AD)will give You thanks forever and ever.

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First Reading: Num. 21:10-35

 10(A)Now the sons of Israel moved out and camped in Oboth.

 11They journeyed from Oboth and camped at Iyeabarim, in the wilderness which is opposite Moab, to the east.

 12(B)From there they set out and camped in [a]Wadi Zered.

 13From there they journeyed and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that comes out of the border of the Amorites, (C)for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites.

 14Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD,
         "Waheb in Suphah,
         And the wadis of the Arnon,
    15And the slope of the wadis
         That extends to the site of (D)Ar,
         And leans to the border of Moab."

 16(E)From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the LORD said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water."

 17(F)Then Israel sang this song:
         "Spring up, O well! Sing to it!
    18"The well, which the leaders sank,
         Which the nobles of the people dug,
         With the scepter and with their staffs."
         And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah,

 19and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth,

 20and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the wasteland.

Two Victories
 21(G)Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, king of the Amorites, saying,

 22"(H)Let me pass through your land. We will not turn off into field or vineyard; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the king's highway until we have passed through your border."

 23(I)But Sihon would not permit Israel to pass through his border So Sihon gathered all his people and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and came to (J)Jahaz and fought against Israel.

 24Then (K)Israel struck him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the sons of Ammon; for the (L)border of the sons of Ammon was Jazer.

 25Israel took all these cities and (M)Israel lived in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all her villages.

 26For Heshbon was the city of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken all his land out of his hand, as far as the Arnon.

 27Therefore those who use proverbs say,
         "Come to Heshbon! Let it be built!
         So let the city of Sihon be established.
    28"(N)For a fire went forth from Heshbon,
         A flame from the town of Sihon;
         It devoured (O)Ar of Moab,
         The (P)dominant heights of the Arnon.
    29"(Q)Woe to you, O Moab!
         You are ruined, O people of (R)Chemosh!
         (S)He has given his sons as fugitives,
         (T)And his daughters into captivity,
         To an Amorite king, Sihon.
    30"But we have cast them down,
         Heshbon is ruined as far as (U)Dibon,
         Then we have laid waste even to Nophah,
         Which reaches to Medeba."

 31Thus Israel lived in the land of the Amorites.

 32Moses sent to spy out (V)Jazer, and they captured its villages and dispossessed the Amorites who were there.

 33(W)Then they turned and went up by the way of Bashan, and Og the king of Bashan went out with all his people, for battle at (X)Edrei.

 34But the LORD said to Moses, "(Y)Do not fear him, for I have given him into your hand, and all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon, king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon."

 35So (Z)they killed him and his sons and all his people, until there was no remnant left him; and they possessed his land.

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Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 104; Ps. 145

The LORD'S Care over All His Works.

    1(A)Bless the LORD, O my soul!
         O LORD my God, You are very great;
         You are (B)clothed with splendor and majesty,
    2Covering Yourself with (C)light as with a cloak,
         (D)Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
    3[a]He (E)lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters;
         He makes the (F)clouds His chariot;
         He walks upon the (G)wings of the wind;
    4He makes [b](H)the winds His messengers,
         [c]Flaming (I)fire His ministers.
    5He (J)established the earth upon its foundations,
         So that it will not [d]totter forever and ever.
    6You (K)covered it with the deep as with a garment;
         The waters were standing above the mountains.
    7At Your (L)rebuke they fled,
         At the (M)sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
    8The mountains rose; the valleys sank down
         To the (N)place which You established for them.
    9You set a (O)boundary that they may not pass over,
         So that they will not return to cover the earth.
    10He sends forth (P)springs in the valleys;
         They flow between the mountains;
    11They (Q)give drink to every beast of the field;
         The (R)wild donkeys quench their thirst.
    12Beside them the birds of the heavens (S)dwell;
         They lift up their voices among the branches.
    13He (T)waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
         (U)The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.
    14He causes the (V)grass to grow for the cattle,
         And (W)vegetation for the labor of man,
         So that he may bring forth food (X)from the earth,
    15And (Y)wine which makes man's heart glad,
         (Z)So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
         And food which (AA)sustains man's heart.
    16The trees of the LORD drink their fill,
         The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
    17Where the (AB)birds build their nests,
         And the (AC)stork, whose home is the fir trees.
    18The high mountains are for the (AD)wild goats;
         The (AE)cliffs are a refuge for the (AF)shephanim.
    19He made the moon (AG)for the seasons;
         The (AH)sun knows the place of its setting.
    20You (AI)appoint darkness and it becomes night,
         In which all the (AJ)beasts of the forest prowl about.
    21The (AK)young lions roar after their prey
         And (AL)seek their food from God.
    22When the sun rises they withdraw
         And lie down in their (AM)dens.
    23Man goes forth to (AN)his work
         And to his labor until evening.
    24O LORD, how (AO)many are Your works!
         In (AP)wisdom You have made them all;
         The (AQ)earth is full of Your [e]possessions.
    25There is the (AR)sea, great and broad,
         In which are swarms without number,
         Animals both small and great.
    26There the (AS)ships move along,
         And [f](AT)Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.
    27They all (AU)wait for You
         To (AV)give them their food in [g]due season.
    28You give to them, they gather it up;
         You (AW)open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
    29You (AX)hide Your face, they are dismayed;
         You (AY)take away their [h]spirit, they expire
         And (AZ)return to their dust.
    30You send forth Your [i](BA)Spirit, they are created;
         And You renew the face of the ground.
    31Let the (BB)glory of the LORD endure forever;
         Let the LORD (BC)be glad in His works;
    32He (BD)looks at the earth, and it (BE)trembles;
         He (BF)touches the mountains, and they smoke.
    33I will sing to the LORD (BG)as long as I live;
         I will (BH)sing praise to my God while I have my being.
    34Let my (BI)meditation be pleasing to Him;
         As for me, I shall (BJ)be glad in the LORD.
    35Let sinners be (BK)consumed from the earth
         And let the (BL)wicked be no more
         (BM)Bless the LORD, O my soul
         (BN)Praise the LORD!

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Second Reading: Lk. 21:20-38

 20"But when you see Jerusalem (A)surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.

 21"Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and (B)those who are in the country must not enter the city;

 22because these are (C)days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.

 23"Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for (D)there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people;

 24and they will fall by (E)the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and (F)Jerusalem will be (G)trampled under foot by the Gentiles until (H)the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of Christ
 25"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,

 26men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 27"(I)Then they will see (J)THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory.

 28"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because (K)your redemption is drawing near."

 29Then He told them a parable: "Behold the fig tree and all the trees;

 30as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and (L)know for yourselves that summer is now near.

 31"So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that (M)the kingdom of God is near.

 32"Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.

 33"(N)Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

 34"(O)Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

 35for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.

 36"But (P)keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to (Q)stand before the Son of Man."

 37Now during the day He was (R)teaching in the temple, but (S)at evening He would go out and spend the night on (T)the mount that is called Olivet.

 38And all the people would get up (U)early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

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