Scripture Readings for Sept 30, 2018    (New Revised Standard Version)
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9th Sunday after Pentecost

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 and Psalm 124  •  
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 and Psalm 19:7-14  •  
James 5:13-20  •  Mark 9:38-50

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
7:1 So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.

7:2 On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, "What
is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even
to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled."

7:3 Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases
the king, let my life be given me -- that is my petition -- and the lives of my people --
that is my request.

7:4 For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be
annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have held my
peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king."

7:5 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who has
presumed to do this?"

7:6 Esther said, "A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!" Then Haman was terrified
before the king and the queen.

7:9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, "Look, the very
gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at
Haman's house, fifty cubits high." And the king said, "Hang him on that."

7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the
anger of the king abated.

9:20 Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all
the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far,

9:21 enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also
the fifteenth day of the same month, year by year,

9:22 as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies, and as the month
that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a
holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending
gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor.

Psalm 124
124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side -- let Israel now say --

124:2 if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,

124:3 then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against
us;

124:4 then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;

124:5 then over us would have gone the raging waters.

124:6 Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.

124:7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken,
and we have escaped.

124:8 Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
11:4 The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and
said, "If only we had meat to eat!

11:5 We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the
melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;

11:6 but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look
at."

11:10 Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of
their tents. Then the LORD became very angry, and Moses was displeased.

11:11 So Moses said to the LORD, "Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why
have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me?

11:12 Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me,
'Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child,' to the land that you
promised on oath to their ancestors?

11:13 Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me
and say, 'Give us meat to eat!'

11:14 I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me.

11:15 If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once--if I have
found favor in your sight--and do not let me see my misery."

11:16 So the LORD said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom
you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent
of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.

11:24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered
seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent.

11:25 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the
spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon
them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

11:26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and
the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out
to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp.

11:27 And a young man ran and told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the
camp."

11:28 And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, "My
lord Moses, stop them!"

11:29 But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's
people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!"


Psalm 19:7-14
19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are
sure, making wise the simple;

19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the
LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;

19:9 the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are
true and righteous altogether.

19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than
honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

19:12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

19:13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over
me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O
LORD, my rock and my redeemer.


James 5:13-20
5:13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing
songs of praise.

5:14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have
them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

5:15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone
who has committed sins will be forgiven.

5:16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you
may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

5:17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and
for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.

5:18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

5:19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is
brought back by another,

5:20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the
sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Mark 9:38-50
9:38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and
we tried to stop him, because he was not following us."

9:39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name
will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.

9:40 Whoever is not against us is for us.

9:41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the
name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

9:42 "If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in
me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you
were thrown into the sea.

9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life
maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

9:45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life
lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.

9:47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the
kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,

9:48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

9:49 "For everyone will be salted with fire.

9:50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in
yourselves, and be at peace with one another."