First Reading: Eccl. 5:1-20
Fear God, Keep Your Vows
1 Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.
2 Do not be rash with your mouth,
And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.
For God is in heaven, and you on earth;
Therefore let your words be few.
3 For a dream comes through much activity,
And a fool’s voice is known by his many words.
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it;
For He has no pleasure in fools.
Pay what you have vowed—
5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.
6 Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God
that it was
an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse[a]
and destroy the work of your hands? 7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is
also vanity. But fear God.
The Vanity of Gain and Honor
8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.
9 Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even
the king is served from the field.
10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.
This also is
11 When goods increase,
They increase who eat them;
So what profit have the owners
Except to see them
with their eyes?
12 The sleep of a laboring man is
Whether he eats little or much;
But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.
13 There is a severe evil which
I have seen under the sun:
Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.
14 But those riches perish through misfortune;
When he begets a son, there is
nothing in his hand.
15 As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return,
To go as he came;
And he shall take nothing from his labor
Which he may carry away in his hand.
16 And this also is
a severe evil—
Just exactly as he came, so shall he go.
And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?
17 All his days he also eats in darkness,
And he has
much sorrow and sickness and anger.
18 Here is what I have seen: It is
good and fitting for one
to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is
his heritage. 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is
the gift of God. 20 For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him
busy with the joy of his heart.Footnotes:
Ecclesiastes 5:6 Literally voice
Second Reading: John 8:1-20
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early[a]
in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught[b]
in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded[c]
us that such should be stoned.[d]
But what do You say?”[e]
6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something
of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His
finger, as though He did not hear.[f]
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up[g]
and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it,
being convicted by their
went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even
to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,[i]
“Woman, where are those accusers of yours?[j]
Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and[k]
sin no more.” 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Jesus Defends His Self-Witness
13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am
with the Father who sent Me. 17 It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” 19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.” 20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.Footnotes:
John 8:2 M-Text reads very early.
John 8:4 M-Text reads we found this woman.
John 8:5 M-Text reads in our law Moses commanded.
John 8:5 NU-Text and M-Text read to stone such.
John 8:5 M-Text adds about her.
John 8:6 NU-Text and M-Text omit as though He did not hear.
John 8:7 M-Text reads He looked up.
John 8:9 NU-Text and M-Text omit being convicted by their conscience.
John 8:10 NU-Text omits and saw no one but the woman;
M-Text reads He saw her and said.
John 8:10 NU-Text and M-Text omit of yours.
John 8:11 NU-Text and M-Text add from now on.