Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of
the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness
the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his
glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the
brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather
together, they come to you; your sons shall come from
far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their
Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall
thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea
shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall
come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels
of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall
proclaim the praise of the LORD.
Give the king your justice, O God, and your
righteousness to a king's son.
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your
poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and
the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give
deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the
moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like
showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound,
until the moon is no more.
May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him
tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.
May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him
For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and
those who have no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the
lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and
precious is their blood in his sight.
This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ
Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--
for surely you have already heard of the commission of
God's grace that was given me for you,
and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation,
as I wrote above in a few words,
a reading of which will enable you to perceive my
understanding of the mystery of Christ.
In former generations this mystery was not made known to
humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy
apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members
of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ
Jesus through the gospel.
Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the
gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of
Although I am the very least of all the saints, this
grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news
of the boundless riches of Christ,
and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery
hidden for ages in God who created all things;
so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich
variety might now be made known to the rulers and
authorities in the heavenly places.
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he
has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence
through faith in him.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to
asking, "Where is the child who has been born king
of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and
have come to pay him homage."
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all
Jerusalem with him;
and calling together all the chief priests and scribes
of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was
to be born.
They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it
has been written by the prophet:
'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no
means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you
shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned
from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and
search diligently for the child; and when you have found
him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him
When they had heard the king, they set out; and there,
ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its
rising, until it stopped over the place where the child
When they saw that the star had stopped, they were
overwhelmed with joy.
On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his
mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then,
opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to
Herod, they left for their own country by another road.