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December 11, 2022

Second Lesson

Patience in Suffering

Be patient, therefore, brothers,[a] until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

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  1. James 5:7 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 10, 12, 19


Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers[a] are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man[b] dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. What then did you go out to see? A prophet?[c] Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written,

“‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
    who will prepare your way before you.’

11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[d] and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear,[e] let him hear.

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  1. Matthew 11:5 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  2. Matthew 11:8 Or Why then did you go out? To see a man…
  3. Matthew 11:9 Some manuscripts Why then did you go out? To see a prophet?
  4. Matthew 11:12 Or has been coming violently
  5. Matthew 11:15 Some manuscripts omit to hear

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Weekly Bible Readings

December 2022

Nov. 27, 2022
First S. in Advent
First lesson: Is. 2:1–5
Psalm: Psalm 122
Second Lesson: Rom. 13:(8–10) 11–14
Gospel: Matt. 24:36–44

Dec. 4   
Second S. in Advent       
First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1–10         
Psalm: Psalm 72:1–7      
Second Lesson: Rom. 15:4–13    
Gospel: Matt. 3:1–12

Dec. 11
Third S. in Advent           
First Lesson: Isaiah 35:1–10         
Psalm: Psalm 146             
Second Lesson: James 5:7–11     
Gospel: Matt. 11:2–15

Dec. 18
Fourth S. in Advent        
First Lesson: Isaiah 7:10–17         
Psalm: Psalm 24               
Second Lesson: Rom. 1:1–7         
Gospel: Matt. 1:18–25

Dec. 24 Eve

First Lesson: Isaiah 7:10–14         
Psalm: Psalm 110:1–4    
Second Lesson: 1 John 4:7–16    
Gospel: Matt. 1:18–25