Thursday, December 23, 2010

Biblical Readings for Advent Season (Christian Prayer)

Reading 6:  The reign of perfect justice

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
   who depend upon horses;
Who put their trust in chariots because of their number,
   and in horseman because of their combined power,
But look no to the Holy One of Israel
   nor seek the Lord!

Yet he too is wise and will bring disaster;
   he will not turn from what he has threatened to do.
He will rise up against the house of the wicked
and against those who help evildoers.

The Egyptians are men, not God,
   their horses are flesh, not spirit; wjo
When the Lord stretches forth his hand, 
   the helper shall stumble, the one helped shall fall,
   and both of them shall perish together.

See, a king will reign justly
  and princes shall rule rightly. 
Each of them will be a shelter from the wind,
   a retreat from the rain.
They will be like streams of water in a dry country,
   like the shade of a great rock in a parched land.

The eyes of those who see will not be closed;
   the ears of those who hear will be attentive.
The flighty will become wise and capable,
   and the stutterers will speak fluently and clearly.
No more will the fool be called noble,,
   not the trickster be considered honorable.

For the fool speaks foolishly,
   planning evil in his heart:
How to do wickedness,
   to speak perversely against the Lord,
To let the hungry go empty
   and the thirsty be without drink.

And the trickster uses wicked trickery,
   planning crimes:
How to ruin the poor with lies,
   and the needy when they plead their case.
But the noble man plans nobel things,
   and by noble things he stands.

(from)  Isaiah 31:1-3; 32:1-8

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