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Psalm 107

1  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious, 
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2  Let the redeemed of the Lord say this, 
   those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
3  And gathered out of the lands
      from the east and from the west, 
   from the north and from the south.
4  Some went astray in desert wastes 
   and found no path to a city to dwell in.
5  Hungry and thirsty, 
   their soul was fainting within them.
6  So they cried to the Lord in their trouble 
   and he delivered them from their distress.
7  He set their feet on the right way 
   till they came to a city to dwell in.
8  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
   and the wonders he does for his children.
9  For he satisfies the longing soul 
   and fills the hungry soul with good.
10  Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, 
   bound fast in misery and iron,
11  For they had rebelled against the words of God 
   and despised the counsel of the Most High.
12  So he bowed down their heart with heaviness; 
   they stumbled and there was none to help them.
13  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
   and he delivered them from their distress.
14  He brought them out of darkness and out of the shadow of death, 
   and broke their bonds asunder.
15  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
   and the wonders he does for his children.
16  For he has broken the doors of bronze 
   and breaks the bars of iron in pieces.
17  Some were foolish and took a rebellious way, 
   and were plagued because of their wrongdoing.
18  Their soul abhorred all manner of food 
   and drew near to the gates of death.
19  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
   and he delivered them from their distress.
20  He sent forth his word and healed them, 
   and saved them from destruction.
21  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
   and the wonders he does for his children.
22  Let them offer him sacrifices of thanksgiving 
   and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.
23  Those who go down to the sea in ships 
   and ply their trade in great waters,
24  These have seen the works of the Lord 
   and his wonders in the deep.
25  For at his word the stormy wind arose 
   and lifted up the waves of the sea.
26  They were carried up to the heavens
      and down again to the deep; 
   their soul melted away in their peril.
27  They reeled and staggered like a drunkard 
   and were at their wits’ end.
28  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
   and he brought them out of their distress.
29  He made the storm be still 
   and the waves of the sea were calmed.
30  Then were they glad because they were at rest, 
   and he brought them to the haven they desired.
31  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness 
   and the wonders he does for his children.
32  Let them exalt him in the congregation of the people 
   and praise him in the council of the elders.

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Daniel 3: 1-18

The Golden Image

3King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and whose width was six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent for the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counsellors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to assemble and come to the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3So the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counsellors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, assembled for the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. When they were standing before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up, 4the herald proclaimed aloud, ‘You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, you are to fall down and worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6Whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.’ 7Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshipped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

8 Accordingly, at this time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. 9They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘O king, live for ever! 10You, O king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and worship the golden statue, 11and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These pay no heed to you, O king. They do not serve your gods and they do not worship the golden statue that you have set up.’

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. 14Nebuchadnezzar said to them, ‘Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? 15Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good.* But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?’

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defence to you in this matter. 17If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us.* 18But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.’

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Luke 3: 15-22

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah,* 16John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with* the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. 19But Herod the ruler,* who had been rebuked by him because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and because of all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added to them all by shutting up John in prison.

The Baptism of Jesus

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved;* with you I am well pleased.’*

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