Revised Common Lectionary (Semicontinuous)
3 When my spirit grows faint(F) within me,
it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
people have hidden a snare for me.
4 Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;(G)
no one cares(H) for my life.
15 “The day of the Lord is near(A)
for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds(B) will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank(C) on my holy hill,(D)
so all the nations will drink(E) continually;
they will drink and drink
and be as if they had never been.(F)
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;(G)
it will be holy,(H)
and Jacob will possess his inheritance.(I)
18 Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire(J) and destroy(K) him.
There will be no survivors(L)
The Lord has spoken.
19 People from the Negev will occupy
the mountains of Esau,
and people from the foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.(M)
They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria,(N)
and Benjamin(O) will possess Gilead.
20 This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan
will possess the land as far as Zarephath;(P)
the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the towns of the Negev.(Q)
21 Deliverers(R) will go up on[a] Mount Zion
to govern the mountains of Esau.
And the kingdom will be the Lord’s.(S)
10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven(A) has been given to you,(B) but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.(C) 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.(D)
14 In them is fulfilled(E) the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a](F)
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.(G) 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see(H) but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.