SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST FIRST READING

      The Sovereign Lord has given me and instruction tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.

      He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listenlike being taught.

      The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back.

      I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.

      Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced.

      Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

      He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me!

      It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me?

      They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.

Isaiah 50:4-9

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