Scripture Readings for August 18, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Isaiah 5:1-7 and Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Hebrews 11:29-12:2  •  Luke 12:49-56

Isaiah 5:1-7
5:1 Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.

5:2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a
watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield
grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

5:3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and
my vineyard.

5:4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I
expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

5:5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and
it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.

5:6 I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown
with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of
Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed;
righteousness, but heard a cry!

Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are
enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

80:2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to
save us!

80:8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.

80:9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.

80:10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its
branches;

80:11 it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.

80:12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way
pluck its fruit?

80:13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.

80:14 Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for
this vine,

80:15 the stock that your right hand planted.

80:16 They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the
rebuke of your countenance.

80:17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made
strong for yourself.

80:18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your
name.

80:19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Hebrews 11:29-12:2
11:29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land,
but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned.

11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days.

11:31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient,
because she had received the spies in peace.

11:32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak,
Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets--

11:33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained
promises, shut the mouths of lions,

11:34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of
weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

11:35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured,
refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection.

11:36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.

11:37 They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the
sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted,
tormented--

11:38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains,
and in caves and holes in the ground.

11:39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive
what was promised,

11:40 since God had provided something better so that they would not,
apart from us, be made perfect.

12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also
lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with
perseverance the race that is set before us,

12:2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the
joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken
his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Luke 12:49-56
12:49 "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

12:50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under
until it is completed!

12:51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but
rather division!

12:52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two
against three;

12:53 they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against
daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

12:54 He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you
immediately say, 'It is going to rain'; and so it happens.

12:55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, 'There will be scorching
heat'; and it happens.

12:56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky,
but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?