June 8th, 2018

Friday of Trinity 1

First Reading: Prov. 5:1-23

The Peril of Adultery

 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
      Lend your ear to my understanding,
       2 That you may preserve discretion,
      And your lips may keep knowledge.
       3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey,
      And her mouth is smoother than oil;
       4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
      Sharp as a two-edged sword.
       5 Her feet go down to death,
      Her steps lay hold of hell.[a]
       6 Lest you ponder her path of life—
      Her ways are unstable;
      You do not know them.
       7 Therefore hear me now, my children,
      And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
       8 Remove your way far from her,
      And do not go near the door of her house,
       9 Lest you give your honor to others,
      And your years to the cruel one;
       10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth,
      And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
       11 And you mourn at last,
      When your flesh and your body are consumed,
       12 And say:
      “ How I have hated instruction,
      And my heart despised correction!
       13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
      Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
       14 I was on the verge of total ruin,
      In the midst of the assembly and congregation.”
       15 Drink water from your own cistern,
      And running water from your own well.
       16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,
      Streams of water in the streets?
       17 Let them be only your own,
      And not for strangers with you.
       18 Let your fountain be blessed,
      And rejoice with the wife of your youth.
       19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe,
      Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;
      And always be enraptured with her love.
       20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,
      And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
       21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,
      And He ponders all his paths.
       22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man,
      And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
       23 He shall die for lack of instruction,
      And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Second Reading: John 12:20-36

The Fruitful Grain of Wheat

    20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. 21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Jesus Predicts His Death on the Cross

    27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. 34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


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