First Reading: Prov 17:1-28
1 Better is
a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting[a]with
2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is
for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests the hearts.
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are
the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is
7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.
8 A present is
a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
11 An evil man
seeks only rebellion;
Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like
Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are
an abomination to the LORD.
16 Why is there
in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
Since he has
no heart for it?
17 A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And
becomes surety for his friend.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife,
And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
21 He who begets a scoffer does so
to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good, like
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man
accepts a bribe behind the back[c]
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is
in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are
on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is
a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also, to punish the righteous is
not good, Nor
to strike princes for their
27 He who has knowledge spares his words, And
a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When
he shuts his lips, he is considered
Proverbs 17:1 Or sacrificial meals
Proverbs 17:22 Or makes medicine even better
Proverbs 17:23 Literally from the bosom
Second Reading: John 16:17-33
17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.” 19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. 23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Jesus Christ Has Overcome the World
25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 28 I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” 29 His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 30 Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a]
have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”Footnotes:
John 16:33 NU-Text and M-Text omit will.