18 Your holy people took possession for a little while; but now our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
19 We have long been like those whom you do not rule, like those not called by your name.
1 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.
5 You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.
6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
7 There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful house, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
12 After all this, will you restrain yourself, O Lord? Will you keep silent, and punish us so severely?
The Letter of Paul to Titus
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance with godliness,
2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who never lies, promised before the ages began—
3 in due time he revealed his word through the proclamation with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Saviour,
4 To Titus, my loyal child in the faith we share: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour.
Titus in Crete
5 I left you behind in Crete for this reason, that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you:
6 someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious.
7 For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain;
8 but he must be hospitable, a lover of goodness, prudent, upright, devout, and self-controlled.
9 He must have a firm grasp of the word that is trustworthy in accordance with the teaching, so that he may be able both to preach with sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.
10 There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision;
11 they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach.
Rivers of Living Water
37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,
38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” ’
39 Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Division among the People
40 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’
41 Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he?
42 Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’
43 So there was a division in the crowd because of him.
44 Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
The Unbelief of Those in Authority
45 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’
46 The police answered, ‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’
47 Then the Pharisees replied, ‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you?
48 Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him?
49 But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.’
50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked,
51 ‘Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?’
52 They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.’