Scripture Readings for August 11, 2019 (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 and Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 •
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 •
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
1:1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem
in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching
of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
1:11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had
enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight
in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
1:12 When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample
my courts no more;
1:13 bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and
sabbath and calling of convocation-- I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have
become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.
1:15 When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though
you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from
before my eyes; cease to do evil,
1:17 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.
1:18 Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
1:20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
50:1 The mighty one, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from
the rising of the sun to its setting.
50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
50:3 Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire,
and a mighty tempest all around him.
50:4 He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
50:5 "Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!"
50:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah
50:7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
50:8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually
50:22 "Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will
be no one to deliver.
50:23 Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who
go the right way I will show the salvation of God."
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
11:2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.
11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so
that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
11:8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he
was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.
11:9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign
land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same
11:10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and
builder is God.
11:11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old--and
Sarah herself was barren--because he considered him faithful who had promised.
11:12 Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were
born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the
11:13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a
distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and
foreigners on the earth,
11:14 for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
11:15 If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would
have had opportunity to return.
11:16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore
God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
12:32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.
12:33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not
wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth
12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
12:35 "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;
12:36 be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding
banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
12:37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I
tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and
12:38 If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so,
blessed are those slaves.
12:39 "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief
was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
12:40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."