June 12th, 2018

The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, A.D. 325

First Reading: Prov. 10:1-23

Wise Sayings of Solomon

 1 The proverbs of Solomon:
      A wise son makes a glad father,
      But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
       2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
      But righteousness delivers from death.
       3 The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
      But He casts away the desire of the wicked.
       4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
      But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
       5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
      He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
       6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
      But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
       7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,
      But the name of the wicked will rot.
       8 The wise in heart will receive commands,
      But a prating fool will fall.
       9 He who walks with integrity walks securely,
      But he who perverts his ways will become known.
       10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble,
      But a prating fool will fall.
       11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
      But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
       12 Hatred stirs up strife,
      But love covers all sins.
       13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
      But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
       14 Wise people store up knowledge,
      But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
       15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
      The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
       16 The labor of the righteous leads to life,
      The wages of the wicked to sin.
       17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
      But he who refuses correction goes astray.
       18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
      And whoever spreads slander is a fool.
       19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
      But he who restrains his lips is wise.
       20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
      The heart of the wicked is worth little.
       21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
      But fools die for lack of wisdom.[a]
       22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
      And He adds no sorrow with it.
       23 To do evil is like sport to a fool,
      But a man of understanding has wisdom.

Footnotes:Proverbs 10:21 Literally heart

Second Reading: John 14:1-17

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Father Revealed

    7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.

The Answered Prayer

    12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[c] anything in My name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises Another Helper

    15 “If you love Me, keep[d] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

Footnotes:John 14:2 Literally dwellings John 14:2 NU-Text adds a word which would cause the text to read either if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? or if it were not so I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:14 NU-Text adds Me. John 14:15 NU-Text reads you will keep.


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