June 8th, 2017

Thursday of Whitsunday (Feast of Pentecost)

First Reading: Num. 24:1-25

 1And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

 2And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

 3And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

 4He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

 5How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!

 6As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.

 7He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.

 8God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

 9He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

 10And Balak's anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

 11Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour.

 12And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

 13If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

 14And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days.

 15And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:

 16He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

 17I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

 18And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly.

 19Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city.

 20And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.

 21And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.

 22Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.

 23And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!

 24And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.

 25And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place: and Balak also went his way.

Second Reading: Lk. 23:1-25

 1And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.

 2And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.

 3And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.

 4Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.

 5And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.

 6When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.

 7And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

 8And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

 9Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.

 10And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.

 11And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.

 12And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.

 13And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,

 14Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:

 15No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.

 16I will therefore chastise him, and release him.

 17(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)

 18And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:

 19(Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

 20Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

 21But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.

 22And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.

 23And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

 24And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

 25And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.


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