First Reading: Prov. 14:1-27
1 The wise woman builds her house,
But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD,
But he who is
perverse in his ways despises Him.
3 In the mouth of a fool is
a rod of pride,
But the lips of the wise will preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are,
the trough is
But much increase comes
by the strength of an ox.
5 A faithful witness does not lie,
But a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it,
But knowledge is
easy to him who understands.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man,
When you do not perceive in him
the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is
to understand his way,
But the folly of fools is
9 Fools mock at sin,
But among the upright there is
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown,
But the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that seems
right to a man,
But its end is
the way of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow,
And the end of mirth may be
14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways,
But a good man will be satisfied
15 The simple believes every word,
But the prudent considers well his steps.
16 A wise man
fears and departs from evil,
But a fool rages and is self-confident.
17 A quick-tempered man
And a man of wicked intentions is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly,
But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil will bow before the good,
And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor man
is hated even by his own neighbor,
But the rich has
21 He who despises his neighbor sins;
But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is
22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?
But mercy and truth belong
to those who devise good.
23 In all labor there is profit,
But idle chatter[b]leads
only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But
the foolishness of fools is
25 A true witness delivers souls,
But a deceitful witness
26 In the fear of the LORD there is
And His children will have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is
a fountain of life,
To turn one
away from the snares of death. Footnotes:
Proverbs 14:14 Literally from above himself
Proverbs 14:23 Literally talk of the lips
Second Reading: John 15:1-11
The True Vine
1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Love and Joy Perfected
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.Footnotes:
John 15:2 Or lifts up
John 15:7 NU-Text omits you will.