Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NRSV)
5 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise
up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and
deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the
6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in
safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The
Lord is our righteousness.’
15 He is the image
of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
16 for in him
all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers -- all
things have been created through him and for him.
17 He himself
is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 He is the head
of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from
the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
19 For in him
all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through
him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether
on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his
4 Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and
who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
5 and from Jesus
Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the
ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood,
6 and made us
to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory
and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Look! He is
coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced
him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So
it is to be. Amen.
8 ‘I am
the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is and who
was and who is to come, the Almighty.