Golden Text & Responsive Reading
From the Lesson-Sermon "Unreality," March 27 - April 2, 2017
Golden Text | Psalms 119:33 (to ;), 37
Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; . . . Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Responsive Reading | Joel 1:1, 12; 2:1 (to 1st :), 12, 13 (to :), 21–24; Isaiah 35:10
The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God:
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.
Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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