November 10th, 2017

Friday of Trinity 24


First Reading: Jer. 23:1-20


The Branch of Righteousness
 1 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD. 2 Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD. 3 “But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4 I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.
       5 “ Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
      “ That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;
      A King shall reign and prosper,
      And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
       6 In His days Judah will be saved,
      And Israel will dwell safely;
      Now this is His name by which He will be called:
      THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.[a] 7 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”
False Prophets and Empty Oracles
    9 My heart within me is broken
      Because of the prophets;
      All my bones shake.
      I am like a drunken man,
      And like a man whom wine has overcome,
      Because of the LORD,
      And because of His holy words.
       10 For the land is full of adulterers;
      For because of a curse the land mourns.
      The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up.
      Their course of life is evil,
      And their might is not right.
       11 “ For both prophet and priest are profane;
      Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the LORD.
       12 “ Therefore their way shall be to them
      Like slippery ways;
      In the darkness they shall be driven on
      And fall in them;
      For I will bring disaster on them,
      The year of their punishment,” says the LORD.
       13 “ And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria:
      They prophesied by Baal
      And caused My people Israel to err.
       14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem:
      They commit adultery and walk in lies;
      They also strengthen the hands of evildoers,
      So that no one turns back from his wickedness.
      All of them are like Sodom to Me,
      And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. 15 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets:
      ‘ Behold, I will feed them with wormwood,
      And make them drink the water of gall;
      For from the prophets of Jerusalem
      Profaneness has gone out into all the land.’” 16 Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      “ Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
      They make you worthless;
      They speak a vision of their own heart,
      Not from the mouth of the LORD.
       17 They continually say to those who despise Me,
       ‘ The LORD has said, “You shall have peace”’;
      And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say,
      ‘ No evil shall come upon you.’”
       18 For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD,
      And has perceived and heard His word?
      Who has marked His word and heard it?
       19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD has gone forth in fury—
      A violent whirlwind!
      It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
       20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back
      Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart.
      In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.
      

Footnotes:Jeremiah 23:6 Hebrew YHWH Tsidkenu


Second Reading: Matt. 25:14-30


The Parable of the Talents

    14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’



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