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Scripture Readings for Sunday November 19, 2017


(Focus Reading for this week - Matthew 25:14-30 - is provided in English and Spanish)


Lectionary texts

Judges 4:1-7

The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly for twenty years.

At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, "The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, 'Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand.'"

Psalm 123
To you I lift up
  my eyes,
O you who are enthroned
  in the heavens!
As the eyes of subjects
  look to the hand of their ruler,
so our eyes look to the Sovereign
  our God,
until God has mercy
  upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O God,
  have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough
  of contempt.
Our soul has had more
  than its fill of the scorn
of those who are at ease,
  and its fill of the contempt
of the proud.


Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Be silent before the Lord God!
   For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
   he has consecrated his guests.
At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
   and I will punish the people
who rest complacently on their dregs,
   those who say in their hearts,
"The Lord will not do good,
   nor will he do harm."
Their wealth shall be plundered,
   and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
   they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
   they shall not drink wine from them.

The great day of the Lord is near,
   near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
   the warrior cries aloud there.
That day will be a day of wrath,
   a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
   a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
   a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
   and against the lofty battlements.

I will bring such distress upon people
   that they shall walk like the blind;
   because they have sinned against the Lord,
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
   and their flesh like dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold
   will be able to save them
   on the day of the Lord’s wrath;
in the fire of his passion
   the whole earth shall be consumed;
for a full, a terrible end
   he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.

Psalm 90:1-8 (9-11), 12

O God, you have been
  our dwelling-place
in all generations.

Before the mountains
  were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth
  and the world
from everlasting to everlasting
  you are God.

You turn us back
  to dust,
and say,
  "Turn back, you mortals."

For a thousand years
  in your sight
are like yesterday
  when it is past,
or like a watch
  in the night.

You sweep them away;
  they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed
  in the morning;

in the morning
  it flourishes
and is renewed;

in the evening
  it fades
and withers.

For we are consumed
  by your anger;
by your wrath
  we are overwhelmed.

You have set our iniquities
  before you,
our secret sins
  in the light
of your countenance.

For all our days pass away
  under your wrath;
our years come to an end
  like a sigh.

The days of our life
   are seventy years,
or perhaps eighty,
   if we are strong;

even then their span
  is only toil
and trouble;

they are soon gone,
  and we fly away.

Who considers the power
  of your anger?
Your wrath is as great
  as the fear
that is due to you.

So teach us
  to count our days
that we may gain
  a wise heart.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Matthew 25:14-30

[Jesus said:] "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

"Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"


  1. Matthew 25:15 A talent was worth more than fifteen years’ wages of a laborer


Mateo 25:14-30 (NVI)

Parábola de las monedas de oro

14 »El reino de los cielos será también como un hombre que, al emprender un viaje, llamó a sus siervos y les encargó sus bienes. 15 A uno le dio cinco mil monedas de oro,[a] a otro dos mil y a otro solo mil, a cada uno según su capacidad. Luego se fue de viaje. 16 El que había recibido las cinco mil fue en seguida y negoció con ellas y ganó otras cinco mil. 17 Así mismo, el que recibió dos mil ganó otras dos mil. 18 Pero el que había recibido mil fue, cavó un hoyo en la tierra y escondió el dinero de su señor.

19 »Después de mucho tiempo volvió el señor de aquellos siervos y arregló cuentas con ellos. 20 El que había recibido las cinco mil monedas llegó con las otras cinco mil. “Señor —dijo—, usted me encargó cinco mil monedas. Mire, he ganado otras cinco mil”. 21 Su señor le respondió: “¡Hiciste bien, siervo bueno y fiel! En lo poco has sido fiel; te pondré a cargo de mucho más. ¡Ven a compartir la felicidad de tu señor!” 22 Llegó también el que recibió dos mil monedas. “Señor —informó—, usted me encargó dos mil monedas. Mire, he ganado otras dos mil”. 23 Su señor le respondió: “¡Hiciste bien, siervo bueno y fiel! Has sido fiel en lo poco; te pondré a cargo de mucho más. ¡Ven a compartir la felicidad de tu señor!”

24 »Después llegó el que había recibido solo mil monedas. “Señor —explicó—, yo sabía que usted es un hombre duro, que cosecha donde no ha sembrado y recoge donde no ha esparcido. 25 Así que tuve miedo, y fui y escondí su dinero en la tierra. Mire, aquí tiene lo que es suyo”. 26 Pero su señor le contestó: “¡Siervo malo y perezoso! ¿Así que sabías que cosecho donde no he sembrado y recojo donde no he esparcido? 27 Pues debías haber depositado mi dinero en el banco, para que a mi regreso lo hubiera recibido con intereses.

28 »”Quítenle las mil monedas y dénselas al que tiene las diez mil. 29 Porque a todo el que tiene, se le dará más, y tendrá en abundancia. Al que no tiene se le quitará hasta lo que tiene. 30 Y a ese siervo inútil échenlo afuera, a la oscuridad, donde habrá llanto y rechinar de dientes”.


  1. 25:15 cinco mil monedas de oro. Lit. cinco talentos (y así sucesivamente en el resto de este pasaje).