Nahum 1-3New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
The Consuming Wrath of God
2 A jealous and avenging God is the Lord,
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Good News for Judah
12 Thus says the Lord,
14 The Lord has commanded concerning you:
15 [c] Look! On the mountains the feet of one
The Destruction of the Wicked City
2 A shatterer[d] has come up against you.
2 (For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob,
3 The shields of his warriors are red;
10 Devastation, desolation, and destruction!
13 See, I am against you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will burn your[k] chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.
Ruin Imminent and Inevitable
3 Ah! City of bloodshed,
utterly deceitful, full of booty—
8 Are you better than Thebes[m]
10 Yet she became an exile,
14 Draw water for the siege,
Multiply yourselves like the locust,
18 Your shepherds are asleep,
Sirach 47:12-25New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
12 After him a wise son rose up
Rehoboam and Jeroboam
23 Solomon rested with his ancestors,
Luke 1:26-56New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”[a] 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”[b] 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[c] will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be[d] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary[e] said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.