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Isaiah 63:7-9 (NRSV)


7 I will recount the gracious deeds of the LORD, the praiseworthy acts of the LORD, because of all that the LORD has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

8 For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely”; and he became their savior

9 in all their distress. It was no messenger[a] or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.


Matthew 2:13-21 (NRSV)

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

14 Then Joseph[a] got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt,

15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.

17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,

20 “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”

21 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.

 

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