Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you
were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to
speak, for I am only a boy."
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy';
for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak
whatever I command you,
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says
Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the
LORD said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to
pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build
and to plant."
In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear
to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for
you are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp
of the unjust and cruel.
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me
from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
You have not come to something that can be touched, a blazing
fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,
and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the
hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.
(For they could not endure the order that was given, "If
even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned to
Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I
tremble with fear.")
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living
God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal
and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven,
and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the
sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of
See that you do not refuse the one who is speaking; for if they
did not escape when they refused the one who warned them on
earth, how much less will we escape if we reject the one who
warns from heaven!
At that time his voice shook the earth; but now he has promised,
"Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the
This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of
what is shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be
shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be
shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an
acceptable worship with reverence and awe;
for indeed our God is a consuming fire.
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had
crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite
unable to stand up straight.
When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman,
you are set free from your ailment."
When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight
and began praising God.
But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had
cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are
six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and
be cured, and not on the sabbath day."
But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does
not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from
the manger, and lead it away to give it water?
And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound
for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the
When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the
entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he