|Jesus Healed A Man With A Withered Hand|
Daily Readings for
WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017
WEDNESDAY, October 25, 2017
The LORD determined to lay in ruins the wall of daughter Zion; he stretched the line; he did not withhold his hand from destroying; he caused rampart and wall to lament; they languish together. Her gates have sunk into the ground; he has ruined and broken her bars; her king and princes are among the nations; guidance is no more, and her prophets obtain no vision from the LORD. The elders of daughter Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have thrown dust on their heads and put on sackcloth; the young girls of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground. My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city. They cry to their mothers, "Where is bread and wine?" as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their life is poured out on their mothers' bosom. What can I say for you, to what compare you, O daughter Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter Zion? For vast as the sea is your ruin; who can heal you? Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen oracles for you that are false and misleading. All who pass along the way clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their heads at daughter Jerusalem; "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of all the earth?"
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, "Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath." He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath." He left that place and entered their synagogue; a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, "Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?" so that they might accuse him. He said to them, "Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath." Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
Psalm 38 Domine, ne in furore
1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger; do not punish me in your wrath.
2 For your arrows have already pierced me, and your hand presses hard upon me.
3 There is no health in my flesh, because of your indignation; there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin.
4 For my iniquities overwhelm me; like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear.
5 My wounds stink and fester by reason of my foolishness.
6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; I go about in mourning all the day long.
7 My loins are filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.
8 I am utterly numb and crushed; I wail, because of the groaning of my heart.
9 O Lord, you know all my desires, and my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me.
11 My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; my neighbors stand afar off.
12 Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long.
13 But I am like the deaf who do not hear, like those who are mute and who do not open their mouth.
14 I have become like one who does not hear and from whose mouth comes no defense.
15 For in you, O LORD, have I fixed my hope; you will answer me, O Lord my God.
16 For I said, "Do not let them rejoice at my expense, those who gloat over me when my foot slips."
17 Truly, I am on the verge of falling, and my pain is always with me.
18 I will confess my iniquity and be sorry for my sin.
19 Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me.
20 Those who repay evil for good slander me, because I follow the course that is right.
21 O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.
22 Make haste to help me, O Lord of my salvation.
Psalm 119: Daleth Adhæsit pavimento
25 My soul cleaves to the dust; give me life according to your word.
26 I have confessed my ways, and you answered me; instruct me in your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of your commandments, that I may meditate on your marvelous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
29 Take from me the way of lying; let me find grace through your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set your judgments before me.
31 I hold fast to your decrees; O LORD, let me not be put to shame.
32 I will run the way of your commandments, for you have set my heart at liberty.
Psalm 119: He Legem pone
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; I shall keep it with all my heart.
35 Make me go in the path of your commandments, for that is my desire.
36 Incline my heart to your decrees and not to unjust gain.
37 Turn my eyes from watching what is worthless; give me life in your ways.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, which you make to those who fear you.
39 Turn away the reproach which I dread, because your judgments are good.
40 Behold, I long for your commandments; in your righteousness preserve my life.
Psalm 119: Waw Et veniat super me
41 Let your loving-kindness come to me, O LORD, and your salvation, according to your promise.
42 Then shall I have a word for those who taunt me, because I trust in your words.
43 Do not take the word of truth out of my mouth, for my hope is in your judgments.
44 I shall continue to keep your law; I shall keep it for ever and ever.
45 I will walk at liberty, because I study your commandments.
46 I will tell of your decrees before kings and will not be ashamed.
47 I delight in your commandments, which I have always loved.
48 I will lift up my hands to your commandments, and I will meditate on your statutes.
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