November 12 (Daily Scripture)

Ninth Sunday after the Holy Cross

Isaiah 24:1-12
Ephesians 5:15-33
Luke 8:49-56

Isaiah 24:1-12
[1] Behold, the LORD will lay waste the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
[2] And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
[3] The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled;
for the LORD has spoken this word.
[4] The earth mourns and withers,
the world languishes and withers;
the heavens languish together with the earth.
[5] The earth lies polluted
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
[6] Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
[7] The wine mourns,
the vine languishes,
all the merry-hearted sigh.
[8] The mirth of the timbrels is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
[9] No more do they drink wine with singing;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
[10] The city of chaos is broken down,
every house is shut up so that none can enter.
[11] There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
all joy has reached its eventide;
the gladness of the earth is banished.
[12] Desolation is left in the city,
the gates are battered into ruins.

Ephesians 5:15-33
[15] Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
[16] making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
[17] Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
[18] And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,
[19] addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart,
[20] always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
[21] Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
[22] Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord.
[23] For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
[24] As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.
[25] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
[26] that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
[27] that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
[28] Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
[29] For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church,
[30] because we are members of his body.
[31] “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
[32] This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church;
[33] however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Luke 8:49-56
[49] While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”
[50] But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.”
[51] And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child.
[52] And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.”
[53] And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
[54] But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”
[55] And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat.
[56] And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

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