Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
7:10 Again the LORD
spoke to Ahaz, saying,
Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high
But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the
Then Isaiah said: "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too
little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young
woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him
He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse
the evil and choose the good.
For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the
good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be
80:1 Give ear, O
Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are
enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and
come to save us!
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people's
You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to
drink in full measure.
You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among
Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom
you made strong for yourself.
Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will
call on your name.
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may
1:1 Paul, a servant of
Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of
which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy
the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David
according to the flesh
and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the
spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our
through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about
the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his
including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace
to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:18 Now the birth of
Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had
been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was
found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose
her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child
conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will
save his people from their sins."
All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord
through the prophet:
"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they
shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord
commanded him; he took her as his wife,
but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;
and he named him Jesus.