Sunday, January 3, 2021
Seventh Sunday of Heesnag
 For I am the LORD your God,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar —
the LORD of hosts is his name.
 And I have put my words in your mouth,
and hid you in the shadow of my hand,
stretching out the heavens
and laying the foundations of the earth,
and saying to Zion, `You are my people.’”
 Rouse yourself, rouse yourself,
stand up, O Jerusalem,
you who have drunk at the hand of the LORD
the cup of his wrath,
who have drunk to the dregs
the bowl of staggering.
 There is none to guide her
among all the sons she has borne;
there is none to take her by the hand
among all the sons she has brought up.
 These two things have befallen you —
who will condole with you? —
devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
who will comfort you?
 Your sons have fainted,
they lie at the head of every street
like an antelope in a net;
they are full of the wrath of the LORD,
the rebuke of your God.
 Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted,
who are drunk, but not with wine:
 Thus says your Lord, the LORD,
your God who pleads the cause of his people:
“Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering;
the bowl of my wrath
you shall drink no more;
 and I will put it into the hand of your tormentors,
who have said to you,
`Bow down, that we may pass over’;
and you have made your back like the ground
and like the street for them to pass over.”
 Awake, awake,
put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for there shall no more come into you
the uncircumcised and the unclean.
 Shake yourself from the dust, arise,
O captive Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.
 For thus says the LORD: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.
 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.
 I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 I appeal to you, brethren, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
 You should understand that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes soon.
 Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings.
 Grace be with all of you. Amen.
 A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.
 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors.
 But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
 For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.
 “You are those who have continued with me in my trials;
 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,
 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
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