Friday: Preparation for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week's blog post is here. It has a review of The Inclusive Bible, summaries and links for this week's readings, Christ's discussion of humility, and more about the Book of Job.

More information about the comlementary and semi-continuous series is here: Which Series?

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 47:1-9

Come down and sit in the dust,
 virgin daughter Babylon!
Sit on the ground without a throne,
 daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
 tender and delicate.
Take the millstones and grind meal,
 remove your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
 pass through the rivers.
Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
 and your shame shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
 and I will spare no one.
Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
 is the Holy One of Israel.

Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
 daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
 the mistress of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people,
 I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand,
 you showed them no mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke
 exceedingly heavy.
You said,“I shall be mistress forever,”
 so that you did not lay these things to heart
 or remember their end.

Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
 who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
 “I am, and there is no one besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow
 or know the loss of children”—
both these things shall come upon you
 in a moment, in one day:
the loss of children and widowhood
 shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
 and the great power of your enchantments.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Job 37:1-24

[Elihu continued and said {36:1}]

“At this also my heart trembles,
 and leaps out of its place.
Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice
 and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,
 and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
 he thunders with his majestic voice
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
 he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’;
 and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain,
serves as a sign on everyone's hand,
 so that all whom he has made may know it.
Then the animals go into their lairs
 and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
 and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given,
 and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
 the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn round and round by his guidance,
 to accomplish all that he commands them
 on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction, or for his land,
 or for love, he causes it to happen.

“Hear this, O Job;
 stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God lays his command upon them,
 and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
 the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect,
you whose garments are hot
 when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
 hard as a molten mirror?
Teach us what we shall say to him;
 we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Should he be told that I want to speak?
 Did anyone ever wish to be swallowed up?
Now, no one can look on the light
 when it is bright in the skies,
 when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor;
 around God is awesome majesty.
The Almighty—we cannot find him;
 he is great in power and justice,
 and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore mortals fear him;
 he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”

Complementary Psalm 91:9-16

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
 the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
 no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
 to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.¹
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
 the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

¹Satan uses these phrases when tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13).

Semi-continuous Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35b

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
 wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
 you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
 you ride on the wings of the wind,
you make the winds your messengers,
 fire and flame your ministers.¹

You set the earth on its foundations,
 so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
 the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee;
 at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains,
 ran down to the valleys
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
 so that they might not again cover the earth.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
 In wisdom you have made them all;
 the earth is full of your creatures.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
 Praise the Lord!

This idea is used in Hebrews 1:5-13, about how the Son is superior to the angels.

New Testament Lesson: Revelation 17:1-18

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk.” So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth's abominations.” And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly amazed. But the angel said to me, “Why are you so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to ascend from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth, whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

“This calls for a mind that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings, of whom five have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

And he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Year B Ordinary 29 Friday

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Unless otherwise indicated, Bible text is from Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version with the Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical Books (NRSV) copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Footnotes in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) that show where the passage is used in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) from the Complete Jewish Bible (Updated) (CJB) by David H. Stern, Copyright © 1998 and 2006 by David H. Stern, used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved worldwide. When text is taken from the CJB, the passage ends with (CJB) and the foregoing copyright notice applies.

Note: The links in the titles above take you to Amazon, where you can purchase them and benefit The Lectionary Company.

Image credit: The Whore of Babylon by an unidentified Russian engraver via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image. series is here: Which Series?

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 47:1-9

Come down and sit in the dust,
 virgin daughter Babylon!
Sit on the ground without a throne,
 daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
 tender and delicate.
Take the millstones and grind meal,
 remove your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
 pass through the rivers.
Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
 and your shame shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
 and I will spare no one.
Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
 is the Holy One of Israel.

Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
 daughter Chaldea!
For you shall no more be called
 the mistress of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people,
 I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand,
 you showed them no mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke
 exceedingly heavy.
You said,“I shall be mistress forever,”
 so that you did not lay these things to heart
 or remember their end.

Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
 who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
 “I am, and there is no one besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow
 or know the loss of children”—
both these things shall come upon you
 in a moment, in one day:
the loss of children and widowhood
 shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
 and the great power of your enchantments.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Job 37:1-24

[Elihu continued and said {36:1}]

“At this also my heart trembles,
 and leaps out of its place.
Listen, listen to the thunder of his voice
 and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it loose,
 and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
 he thunders with his majestic voice
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
 he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth’;
 and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain,
serves as a sign on everyone's hand,
 so that all whom he has made may know it.
Then the animals go into their lairs
 and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
 and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given,
 and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
 the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn round and round by his guidance,
 to accomplish all that he commands them
 on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction, or for his land,
 or for love, he causes it to happen.

“Hear this, O Job;
 stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God lays his command upon them,
 and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
 the wondrous works of the one whose knowledge is perfect,
you whose garments are hot
 when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
 hard as a molten mirror?
Teach us what we shall say to him;
 we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Should he be told that I want to speak?
 Did anyone ever wish to be swallowed up?
Now, no one can look on the light
 when it is bright in the skies,
 when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor;
 around God is awesome majesty.
The Almighty—we cannot find him;
 he is great in power and justice,
 and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore mortals fear him;
 he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”

Complementary Psalm 91:9-16

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
 the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
 no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
 to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.¹
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
 the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

¹Satan uses these phrases when tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13).

Semi-continuous Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35b

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
 wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
 you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
 you ride on the wings of the wind,
you make the winds your messengers,
 fire and flame your ministers.¹

You set the earth on its foundations,
 so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
 the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee;
 at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains,
 ran down to the valleys
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
 so that they might not again cover the earth.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
 In wisdom you have made them all;
 the earth is full of your creatures.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
 Praise the Lord!

This idea is used in Hebrews 1:5-13, about how the Son is superior to the angels.

New Testament Lesson: Revelation 17:1-18

The Whore of Babylon

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk.” So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth's abominations.” And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly amazed. But the angel said to me, “Why are you so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to ascend from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth, whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

“This calls for a mind that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings, of whom five have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a little while. As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

And he said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Year B Ordinary 29 Friday

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Unless otherwise indicated, Bible text is from Holy Bible New Revised Standard Version with the Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical Books (NRSV) copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Footnotes in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) that show where the passage is used in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) from the Complete Jewish Bible (Updated) (CJB) by David H. Stern, Copyright © 1998 and 2006 by David H. Stern, used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved worldwide. When text is taken from the CJB, the passage ends with (CJB) and the foregoing copyright notice applies.

Note: The links in the titles above take you to Amazon, where you can purchase them and benefit The Lectionary Company.

Image credit: The Whore of Babylon by an unidentified Russian engraver via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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