June 4th, 2017

Whitsunday (Feast of Pentecost)


Collect

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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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)

Old Testament: Joel 2:28-32


God’s Spirit Poured Out

    28 “ And it shall come to pass afterward
      That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
      Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
      Your old men shall dream dreams,
      Your young men shall see visions.
       29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
      I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
       30 “ And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
      Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
       31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
      And the moon into blood,
      Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.
       32 And it shall come to pass
      That whoever calls on the name of the LORD
      Shall be saved.
      For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
      As the LORD has said,
      Among the remnant whom the LORD calls.



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


The Tower of Babel

 1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.



Epistle: Acts 2:1-13


Coming of the Holy Spirit

 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Crowd’s Response

    5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”

Footnotes:Acts 2:1 NU-Text reads together.


Gospel: John 14:23-31


23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

The Gift of His Peace
    25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 27 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. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said,[a] ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. 29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

Footnotes:John 14:28 NU-Text omits I said.


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


A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

 1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised
         In the city of our God,
         In His holy mountain.
 2 Beautiful in elevation,
         The joy of the whole earth,
         Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
         The city of the great King.
 3 God is in her palaces;
         He is known as her refuge.
         
 4 For behold, the kings assembled,
         They passed by together.
 5 They saw it, and so they marveled;
         They were troubled, they hastened away.
 6 Fear took hold of them there,
         And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs,
 7 As when You break the ships of Tarshish
         With an east wind.
         
 8 As we have heard,
         So we have seen
         In the city of the LORD of hosts,
         In the city of our God:
         God will establish it forever.  Selah  
         
 9 We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness,
         In the midst of Your temple.
 10 According to Your name, O God,
         So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
         Your right hand is full of righteousness.
 11 Let Mount Zion rejoice,
         Let the daughters of Judah be glad,
         Because of Your judgments.
         
 12 Walk about Zion,
         And go all around her.
         Count her towers;
 13 Mark well her bulwarks;
         Consider her palaces;
         That you may tell it to the generation following.
 14 For this is God,
         Our God forever and ever;
         He will be our guide
         Even to death.[a]

Footnotes:Psalm 48:14 Following Masoretic Text and Syriac; Septuagint and Vulgate read Forever.




To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.

 1 Let God arise,
         Let His enemies be scattered;
         Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
 2 As smoke is driven away,
         So drive them away;
         As wax melts before the fire,
         So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
 3 But let the righteous be glad;
         Let them rejoice before God;
         Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.
         
 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
         Extol Him who rides on the clouds,[a]
         By His name YAH,
         And rejoice before Him.
         
 5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
         Is God in His holy habitation.
 6 God sets the solitary in families;
         He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
         But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
         
 7 O God, when You went out before Your people,
         When You marched through the wilderness,  Selah  
 8 The earth shook;
         The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
         Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
 9 You, O God, sent a plentiful rain,
         Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance,
         When it was weary.
 10 Your congregation dwelt in it;
         You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.
         
 11 The Lord gave the word;
         Great was the company of those who proclaimed it:
 12 “Kings of armies flee, they flee,
         And she who remains at home divides the spoil.
 13 Though you lie down among the sheepfolds,
         You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
         And her feathers with yellow gold.”
 14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it,
         It was white as snow in Zalmon.
         
 15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
         A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.
 16 Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks?
         This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in;
         Yes, the LORD will dwell in it forever.
         
 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
         Even thousands of thousands;
         The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
 18 You have ascended on high,
         You have led captivity captive;
         You have received gifts among men,
         Even from the rebellious,
         That the LORD God might dwell there.
         
 19 Blessed be the Lord,
         Who daily loads us with benefits,
         The God of our salvation!  Selah  
 20 Our God is the God of salvation;
         And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.
         
 21 But God will wound the head of His enemies,
         The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
 22 The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan,
         I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
 23 That your foot may crush them[b] in blood,
         And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
         
 24 They have seen Your procession, O God,
         The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.
 25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after;
         Among them were the maidens playing timbrels.
 26 Bless God in the congregations,
         The Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
 27 There is little Benjamin, their leader,
         The princes of Judah and their company,
         The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
         
 28 Your God has commanded[c] your strength;
         Strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.
 29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem,
         Kings will bring presents to You.
 30 Rebuke the beasts of the reeds,
         The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
         Till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver.
         Scatter the peoples who delight in war.
 31 Envoys will come out of Egypt;
         Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.
         
 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
         Oh, sing praises to the Lord,  Selah  
 33 To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old!
         Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.
 34 Ascribe strength to God;
         His excellence is over Israel,
         And His strength is in the clouds.
 35 O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
         The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.
         
         Blessed be God!

Footnotes:Psalm 68:4 Masoretic Text reads deserts; Targum reads heavens (compare verse 34 and Isaiah 19:1). Psalm 68:23 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read you may dip your foot. Psalm 68:28 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read Command, O God.




To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.”[a] A Contemplation[b] of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

 1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
         I recite my composition concerning the King;
         My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
         
 2 You are fairer than the sons of men;
         Grace is poured upon Your lips;
         Therefore God has blessed You forever.
 3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,
         With Your glory and Your majesty.
 4 And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;
         And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.
 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies;
         The peoples fall under You.
         
 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
         A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
         Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
         With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
 8 All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia,
         Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad.
 9 Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women;
         At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.
         
 10 Listen, O daughter,
         Consider and incline your ear;
         Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;
 11 So the King will greatly desire your beauty;
         Because He is your Lord, worship Him.
 12 And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
         The rich among the people will seek your favor.
         
 13 The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
         Her clothing is woven with gold.
 14 She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors;
         The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You.
 15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought;
         They shall enter the King’s palace.
         
 16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons,
         Whom You shall make princes in all the earth.
 17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations;
         Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

Footnotes:Psalm 45:1 Hebrew Shoshannim Psalm 45:1 Hebrew Maschil


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


Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence

   – 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
         
         O LORD my God, You are very great:
         You are clothed with honor and majesty,
 2 Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
         Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.
         
 3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
         Who makes the clouds His chariot,
         Who walks on the wings of the wind,
 4 Who makes His angels spirits,
         His ministers a flame of fire.
         
 5 You who laid the foundations of the earth,
         So that it should not be moved forever,
 6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
         The waters stood above the mountains.
 7 At Your rebuke they fled;
         At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
 8 They went up over the mountains;
         They went down into the valleys,
         To the place which You founded for them.
 9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
         That they may not return to cover the earth.
         
 10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
         They flow among the hills.
 11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
         The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
 12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
         They sing among the branches.
 13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
         The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
         
 14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
         And vegetation for the service of man,
         That he may bring forth food from the earth,
 15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
         Oil to make his face shine,
         And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
 16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap,
         The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
 17 Where the birds make their nests;
         The stork has her home in the fir trees.
 18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
         The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.[a]
         
 19 He appointed the moon for seasons;
         The sun knows its going down.
 20 You make darkness, and it is night,
         In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
 21 The young lions roar after their prey,
         And seek their food from God.
 22 When the sun rises, they gather together
         And lie down in their dens.
 23 Man goes out to his work
         And to his labor until the evening.
         
 24 O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
         In wisdom You have made them all.
         The earth is full of Your possessions—
 25 This great and wide sea,
         In which are innumerable teeming things,
         Living things both small and great.
 26 There the ships sail about;
         There is that Leviathan
         Which You have made to play there.
         
 27 These all wait for You,
         That You may give them their food in due season.
 28 What You give them they gather in;
         You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
 29 You hide Your face, they are troubled;
         You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
 30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
         And You renew the face of the earth.
         
 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
         May the LORD rejoice in His works.
 32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
         He touches the hills, and they smoke.
         
 33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
         I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
 34 May my meditation be sweet to Him;
         I will be glad in the LORD.
 35 May sinners be consumed from the earth,
         And the wicked be no more.
         
         Bless the LORD, O my soul!
         Praise the LORD!

Footnotes:Psalm 104:18 Or rock hyrax (compare Leviticus 11:5)




A Praise of David.

 1 I will extol You, my God, O King;
         And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
 2 Every day I will bless You,
         And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
         And His greatness is unsearchable.
         
 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
         And shall declare Your mighty acts.
 5 I[a] will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
         And on Your wondrous works.[b]
 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
         And I will declare Your greatness.
 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
         And shall sing of Your righteousness.
         
 8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
         Slow to anger and great in mercy.
 9 The LORD is good to all,
         And His tender mercies are over all His works.
         
 10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD,
         And Your saints shall bless You.
 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
         And talk of Your power,
 12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
         And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
         And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.[c]
         
 14 The LORD upholds all who fall,
         And raises up all who are bowed down.
 15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
         And You give them their food in due season.
 16 You open Your hand
         And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
         
 17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
         Gracious in all His works.
 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
         To all who call upon Him in truth.
 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
         He also will hear their cry and save them.
 20 The LORD preserves all who love Him,
         But all the wicked He will destroy.
 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD,
         And all flesh shall bless His holy name
         Forever and ever.

Footnotes:Psalm 145:5 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read They. Psalm 145:5 Literally on the words of Your wondrous works Psalm 145:13 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate add The Lord is faithful in all His words, And holy in all His works.


First Reading: Num. 21:10-35


From Mount Hor to Moab

    10 Now the children of Israel moved on and camped in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise. 12 From there they moved and camped in the Valley of Zered. 13 From there they moved and camped on the other side of the Arnon, which is in the wilderness that extends from the border of the Amorites; for the Arnon is the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites. 14 Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the LORD:
      “ Waheb in Suphah,[a]
      The brooks of the Arnon,

 15 And the slope of the brooks
      That reaches to the dwelling of Ar,
      And lies on the border of Moab.” 16 From there they went to Beer, which is the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” 17 Then Israel sang this song:
      “ Spring up, O well!
      All of you sing to it—

 18 The well the leaders sank,
      Dug by the nation’s nobles,
      By the lawgiver, with their staves.” And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah, 19 from Mattanah to Nahaliel, from Nahaliel to Bamoth, 20 and from Bamoth, in the valley that is in the country of Moab, to the top of Pisgah which looks down on the wasteland.[b]

King Sihon Defeated

    21 Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.” 23 But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. 24 Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. 25 So Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages. 26 For 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 from his hand as far as the Arnon. 27 Therefore those who speak in proverbs say:
      “Come to Heshbon, let it be built;
      Let the city of Sihon be repaired.

 28 “For fire went out from Heshbon,
      A flame from the city of Sihon;
      It consumed Ar of Moab,
      The lords of the heights of the Arnon.

 29 Woe to you, Moab!
      You have perished, O people of Chemosh!
      He has given his sons as fugitives,
      And his daughters into captivity,
      To Sihon king of the Amorites.

 30 “But we have shot at them;
      Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon.
      Then we laid waste as far as Nophah,
      Which reaches to Medeba.” 31 Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites. 32 Then Moses sent to spy out Jazer; and they took its villages and drove out the Amorites who were there.

King Og Defeated

    33 And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. 34 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.” 35 So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.

Footnotes:Numbers 21:14 Ancient unknown places; Vulgate reads What He did in the Red Sea. Numbers 21:20 Hebrew Jeshimon


Second Reading: Lk. 21:20-38


The Destruction of Jerusalem

    20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

    25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

    29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

The Importance of Watching

    34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy[a] to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. 38 Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.

Footnotes:Luke 21:36 NU-Text reads may have strength.


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