Scripture Readings for Dec 08, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year A - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10 • Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 • Romans 15:4-13 •Matthew 3:1-12

Isaiah 11:1-10
11:1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of
his roots.

11:2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear
of the LORD.

11:3 His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes
see, or decide by what his ears hear;

11:4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the
meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the
breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

11:5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt
around his loins.

11:6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf
and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the
lion shall eat straw like the ox.

11:8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall
put its hand on the adder's den.

11:9 They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of
the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

11:10 On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations
shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
72:1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son.

72:2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

72:3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in
righteousness.

72:4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the
needy, and crush the oppressor.

72:5 May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all
generations.

72:6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the
earth.

72:7 In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no
more.

72:18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

72:19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen
and Amen.

Romans 15:4-13
15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so
that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have
hope.

15:5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony
with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus,

15:6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ.

15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory
of God.

15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of
the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

15:9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
"Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name";

15:10 and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people";

15:11 and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him";

15:12 and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule
the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope."

15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may
abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:1-12
3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,

3:2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one
crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'"

3:4 Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and
his food was locusts and wild honey.

3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the
region along the Jordan,

3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to
them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.

3:9 Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I
tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

3:10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that
does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I
is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the
Holy Spirit and fire.

3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will
gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."