1 The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2 Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth;
our God comes and will not keep silence.
3 Consuming fire goes out before him
and a mighty tempest stirs about him.
4 He calls the heaven above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 Gather to me my faithful,
who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.
6 Let the heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.
7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak:
I will testify against you, O Israel;
for I am God, your God.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices,
for your burnt offerings are always before me.
9 I will take no bull out of your house,
nor he-goat out of your folds,
10 For all the beasts of the forest are mine,
the cattle upon a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird of the mountains
and the insect of the field is mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the whole world is mine and all that fills it.
13 Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls,
or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and fulfil your vows to God Most High.
15 Call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you and you shall honour me.
16 But to the wicked, says God:
Why do you recite my statutes
and take my covenant upon your lips,
17 Since you refuse to be disciplined
and have cast my words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you made friends with him
and you threw in your lot with adulterers.
19 You have loosed your lips for evil
and harnessed your tongue to deceit.
20 You sit and speak evil of your brother;
you slander your own mothers son.
21 These things have you done, and should I keep silence?
Did you think that I am even such a one as yourself?
22 But no, I must reprove you,
and set before your eyes the things that you have done.
23 You that forget God, consider this well,
lest I tear you apart and there is none to deliver you.
24 Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honours me
and to those who keep my way
will I show the salvation of God.
5Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
2 He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watch-tower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and people of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
4 What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
5 And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
6 I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
but saw bloodshed;
but heard a cry!
8 Ah, you who join house to house,
who add field to field,
until there is room for no one but you,
and you are left to live alone
in the midst of the land!
9 The Lord of hosts has sworn in my hearing:
Surely many houses shall be desolate,
large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield but one bath,
and a homer of seed shall yield a mere ephah.*
11 Ah, you who rise early in the morning
in pursuit of strong drink,
who linger in the evening
to be inflamed by wine,
12 whose feasts consist of lyre and harp,
tambourine and flute and wine,
but who do not regard the deeds of the Lord,
or see the work of his hands!
13 Therefore my people go into exile without knowledge;
their nobles are dying of hunger,
and their multitude is parched with thirst.
23 The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection;* and they asked him a question, saying, 24Teacher, Moses said, If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother. 25Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. 26The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. 27Last of all, the woman herself died. 28In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her.
29 Jesus answered them, You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels* in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 32I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is God not of the dead, but of the living. 33And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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