June 15th, 2017

Thursday of Trinity Sunday


First Reading: Prov. 15:1-29


 1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
      But a harsh word stirs up anger.
       2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
      But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
       3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
      Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
       4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
      But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
       5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
      But he who receives correction is prudent.
       6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
      But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
       7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
      But the heart of the fool does not do so.
       8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
      But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
       9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
      But He loves him who follows righteousness.
       10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
      And he who hates correction will die.
       11 Hell[a] and Destruction[b]are before the LORD;
      So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
       12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
      Nor will he go to the wise.
       13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
      But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
       14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
      But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
       15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
      But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
       16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,
      Than great treasure with trouble.
       17 Better is a dinner of herbs[c] where love is,
      Than a fatted calf with hatred.
       18 A wrathful man stirs up strife,
      But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
       19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
      But the way of the upright is a highway.
       20 A wise son makes a father glad,
      But a foolish man despises his mother.
       21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
      But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
       22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
      But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
       23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
      And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
       24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
      That he may turn away from hell[d] below.
       25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
      But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
       26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the words of the pure are pleasant.
       27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
      But he who hates bribes will live.
       28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
      But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
       29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
      But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
      

Footnotes:Proverbs 15:11 Or Sheol Proverbs 15:11 Hebrew Abaddon Proverbs 15:17 Or vegetables Proverbs 15:24 Or Sheol


Second Reading: John 15:12-27


12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

The World’s Hatred
    18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’[a]
The Coming Rejection
    26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

Footnotes:John 15:25 Psalm 69:4


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