First Reading: Prov. 16:1-24
1 The preparations of the heart belong
But the answer of the tongue is
from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are
pure in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the spirits.
3 Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established.
4 The LORD has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
5 Everyone proud in heart is
an abomination to the LORD; Though they join
none will go unpunished.
6 In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the LORD one
departs from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is
a little with righteousness,
Than vast revenues without justice.
9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
10 Divination is
on the lips of the king;
His mouth must not transgress in judgment.
11 Honest weights and scales are
All the weights in the bag are
12 It is
an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
For a throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are
the delight of kings,
And they love him who speaks what is
14 As messengers of death is
the king’s wrath,
But a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of the king’s face is
And his favor is
like a cloud of the latter rain.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright is
to depart from evil;
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
18 Pride goes
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be
of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22 Understanding is
a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Footnotes:
Proverbs 16:5 Literally hand to hand
Second Reading: John 16:1-16
1 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you[a]
because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the[b]
time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.“And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them
now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority,
but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it
to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it
Sorrow Will Turn to Joy
16 “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.” Footnotes:
John 16:3 NU-Text and M-Text omit to you.
John 16:4 NU-Text reads their.
John 16:15 NU-Text and M-Text read He takes of Mine and will declare it to you.