June 13th, 2019

Thursday of Whitsunday (Feast of Pentecost)


First Reading: Num. 24:1-25

Balaam’s Third Oracle
 1When Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go, as at(A) other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. 2And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel(B) camping tribe by tribe. And(C) the Spirit of God came upon him, 3and he(D) took up his discourse and said,
   "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
   the oracle of the man whose eye is opened,[a] 4the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
   who sees the vision of the Almighty,
   (E) falling down with his eyes uncovered: 5How lovely are your tents, O Jacob,
   your encampments, O Israel! 6Like palm groves[b] that stretch afar,
   like gardens beside a river,(F) like aloes(G) that the LORD has planted,
   like cedar trees beside the waters. 7Water shall flow from his buckets,
   and his seed shall be(H) in many waters;his king shall be higher than(I) Agag,
   and(J) his kingdom shall be exalted. 8God brings him out of Egypt
   and is for him like the(K) horns of the wild ox;he shall(L) eat up the nations, his adversaries,
   and shall(M) break their bones in pieces
   and(N) pierce them through with his arrows. 9He crouched, he lay down like a lion
   and(O) like a lioness; who will rouse him up?(P) Blessed are those who bless you,
   and cursed are those who curse you."

 10And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he(Q) struck his hands together. And Balak said to Balaam,(R) "I called you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have blessed them these three times. 11Therefore now flee to your own place. I said,(S) 'I will certainly honor you,' but the LORD has held you back from honor." 12And Balaam said to Balak, "Did I not tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 13(T) 'If Balak should give me his house full of silver and gold, I would not be able to go beyond the word of the LORD, to do either good or bad(U) of my own will. What the LORD speaks, that will I speak'? 14And now, behold, I am going to my people. Come,(V) I will let you know what this people will do to your people(W) in the latter days."

Balaam’s Final Oracle
 15(X) And he took up his discourse and said,
   "The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor,
   the oracle of the man whose eye is opened, 16the oracle of him who hears the words of God,
   and knows the knowledge of(Y) the Most High,who sees the vision of the Almighty,
   (Z) falling down with his eyes uncovered: 17(AA) I see him, but not now;
   I behold him, but not near:(AB) a star shall come out of Jacob,
   and(AC) a scepter shall rise out of Israel;it shall(AD) crush the forehead[c] of Moab
   and break down all the sons of Sheth. 18(AE) Edom shall be dispossessed;
   (AF) Seir also, his enemies, shall be dispossessed.
   Israel is doing valiantly. 19And one from Jacob shall exercise dominion
   and destroy the survivors of cities!"

 20Then he looked on Amalek and(AG) took up his discourse and said,
   "Amalek was the first among the nations,
   (AH) but its end is utter destruction."

 21And he looked on the Kenite, and took up his discourse and said,
   "Enduring is your dwelling place,
   and your nest is set in the rock. 22Nevertheless, Kain shall be burned
   when Asshur takes you away captive."

 23And he took up his discourse and said,
   "Alas, who shall live when God does this?
 24But ships shall come from(AI) Kittimand shall afflict Asshur and(AJ) Eber;
   and he too(AK) shall come to utter destruction."

 25Then Balaam rose and(AL) went back to his place. And Balak also went his way.

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Second Reading: Lk. 23:1-25

Jesus Before Pilate
 1(A) Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man(B) misleading our nation and(C) forbidding us to give tribute to(D) Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ,(E) a king." 3(F) And Pilate asked him,(G) "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, (H) "You have said so." 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds,(I) "I find no guilt in this man." 5But they were urgent, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea,(J) from Galilee even to this place."
Jesus Before Herod
 6When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7And when he learned that he belonged to(K) Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad,(L) for he had long desired to see him,(M) because he had heard about him, and he was hoping(N) to see some sign done by him. 9So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11And Herod with his soldiers(O) treated him with contempt and(P) mocked him. Then,(Q) arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12And(R) Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

 13Pilate then called together the chief priests and(S) the rulers and the people, 14and said to them, "You brought me this man(T) as one who was misleading the people. And(U) after examining him before you, behold, I(V) did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15Neither did Herod, for(W) he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16(X) I will therefore punish and release him."[a]

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
 18(Y) But they all cried out together,(Z) "Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas"— 19a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and(AA) for murder. 20Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21but they kept shouting, "Crucify, crucify him!" 22A third time he said to them, "Why,(AB) what evil has he done?(AC) I have found in him no guilt deserving death.(AD) I will therefore punish and release him." 23But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25He released the man who had been thrown into prison(AE) for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked,(AF) but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

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