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Joel 3

3*For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgement with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations. They have divided my land, 3and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down.

4 What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily. 5For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.* 6You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border. 7But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads. 8I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away; for the Lord has spoken.

Judgement in the Valley of Jehoshaphat


9 Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare war,*
   stir up the warriors.
Let all the soldiers draw near,
   let them come up.
10 Beat your ploughshares into swords,
   and your pruning-hooks into spears;
   let the weakling say, ‘I am a warrior.’


11 Come quickly,*
   all you nations all around,
   gather yourselves there.
Bring down your warriors, O Lord.
12 Let the nations rouse themselves,
   and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat;
for there I will sit to judge
   all the neighbouring nations.


13 Put in the sickle,
   for the harvest is ripe.
Go in, tread,
   for the wine press is full.
The vats overflow,
   for their wickedness is great.


14 Multitudes, multitudes,
   in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
   in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon are darkened,
   and the stars withdraw their shining.


16 The Lord roars from Zion,
   and utters his voice from Jerusalem,
   and the heavens and the earth shake.
But the Lord is a refuge for his people,
   a stronghold for the people of Israel.

The Glorious Future of Judah


17 So you shall know that I, the Lord your God,
   dwell in Zion, my holy mountain.
And Jerusalem shall be holy,
   and strangers shall never again pass through it.


18 On that day
the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
   the hills shall flow with milk,
and all the stream beds of Judah
   shall flow with water;
a fountain shall come forth from the house of the Lord
   and water the Wadi Shittim.


19 Egypt shall become a desolation
   and Edom a desolate wilderness,
because of the violence done to the people of Judah,
   in whose land they have shed innocent blood.
20 But Judah shall be inhabited for ever,
   and Jerusalem to all generations.
21 I will avenge their blood, and I will not clear the guilty,*
   for the Lord dwells in Zion.

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Psalm 106

A Confession of Israel’s Sins


1 Praise the Lord!
   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2 Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
   or declare all his praise?
3 Happy are those who observe justice,
   who do righteousness at all times.


4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
   help me when you deliver them;
5 that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
   that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
   that I may glory in your heritage.


6 Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
   we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.
7 Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
   did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
   but rebelled against the Most High* at the Red Sea.*
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   so that he might make known his mighty power.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea,* and it became dry;
   he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10 So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
   and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them was left.
12 Then they believed his words;
   they sang his praise.


13 But they soon forgot his works;
   they did not wait for his counsel.
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
   and put God to the test in the desert;
15 he gave them what they asked,
   but sent a wasting disease among them.


16 They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
   and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
   and covered the faction of Abiram.
18 Fire also broke out in their company;
   the flame burned up the wicked.


19 They made a calf at Horeb
   and worshipped a cast image.
20 They exchanged the glory of God*
   for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their Saviour,
   who had done great things in Egypt,
22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.*
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
   to turn away his wrath from destroying them.


24 Then they despised the pleasant land,
   having no faith in his promise.
25 They grumbled in their tents,
   and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27 and would disperse* their descendants among the nations,
   scattering them over the lands.


28 Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,
   and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
29 they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
   and the plague was stopped.
31 And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
   from generation to generation for ever.


32 They angered the Lord * at the waters of Meribah,
   and it went ill with Moses on their account;
33 for they made his spirit bitter,
   and he spoke words that were rash.


34 They did not destroy the peoples
   as the Lord commanded them,
35 but they mingled with the nations
   and learned to do as they did.
36 They served their idols,
   which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to the demons;
38 they poured out innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
   and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts,
   and prostituted themselves in their doings.


40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
   and he abhorred his heritage;
41 he gave them into the hand of the nations,
   so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them,
   and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,
   but they were rebellious in their purposes,
   and were brought low through their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless, he regarded their distress
   when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant,
   and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46 He caused them to be pitied
   by all who held them captive.


47 Save us, O Lord our God,
   and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
   and glory in your praise.


48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, ‘Amen.’
   Praise the Lord!

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Matthew 8

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

8When Jesus* had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2and there was a leper* who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ 3He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy* was cleansed. 4Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’

Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’ 7And he said to him, ‘I will come and cure him.’ 8The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly I tell you, in no one* in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 13And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And the servant was healed in that hour.

Jesus Heals Many at Peter’s House

14 When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were possessed by demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.’

Would-Be Followers of Jesus

18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ 20And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ 21Another of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ 22But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’

Jesus Stills the Storm

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ 26And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’

Jesus Heals the Gadarene Demoniacs

28 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes,* two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’ 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ 32And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.

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