Weekly Readings

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November 17, 2019

First Lesson

Malachi 4

The Great Day of the Lord

[a] “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules[b] that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”[c]


  1. Malachi 4:1 Ch 4:1–6 is ch 3:19–24 in Hebrew
  2. Malachi 4:4 Or and just decrees
  3. Malachi 4:6 The Hebrew term rendered decree of utter destruction refers to things devoted (or set apart) to the Lord (or by the Lord) for destruction

Second Lesson

2 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Pray for Us

Finally, brothers,[a] pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored,[b] as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.[c] And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[d]

13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.


  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 13
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Or glorified
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 Or evil
  4. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 Greek to eat their own bread


Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.  Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible. ESV® Text Edition: 2018. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Weekly Bible Readings



Nov. 3
All Saints’ Day* (Nov. 1)
First Lesson: Rev. 7:2–17
Psalm: Psalm 149
Second Lesson: 1 John 3:1–3
Gospel: Matt. 5:1–12

Nov. 10
Twenty-second S. a. Pentecost
First Lesson: Ex. 3:1–15
Psalm: Psalm 148
Second Lesson: 2 Thess. 2:1–8, 13–17
Gospel: Luke 20:27-40

Nov. 17
Twenty-third S. a. Pentecost
First Lesson: Mal. 4:1–6
Psalm: Psalm 98
Second Lesson: 2 Thess. 3:(1–5) 6–13
Gospel: Luke 21:5–28 (29–36)

Nov. 24
Last S. of the Church Year
First Lesson: Mal. 3:13–18
Psalm 46
Second Lesson: Col. 1:13–20
Gospel: Luke 23:27–43

Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Day
First Lesson: Deut. 8:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 67
Second Lesson: Phil 4:6–20 or 1Tim. 2:1–4
Gospel: Luke 17:11–19