June 18th, 2018

Monday of Trinity 3

First Reading: Prov. 20:5-25

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
      But a man of understanding will draw it out.
       6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
      But who can find a faithful man?
       7 The righteous man walks in his integrity;
      His children are blessed after him.
       8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
      Scatters all evil with his eyes.
       9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
      I am pure from my sin”?
       10 Diverse weights and diverse measures,
      They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.
       11 Even a child is known by his deeds,
      Whether what he does is pure and right.
       12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
      The LORD has made them both.
       13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
      Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
       14 “ It is good for nothing,”[a] cries the buyer;
      But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
       15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies,
      But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
       16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger,
      And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
       17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
      But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
       18 Plans are established by counsel;
      By wise counsel wage war.
       19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
      Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
       20 Whoever curses his father or his mother,
      His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
       21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning
      Will not be blessed at the end.
       22 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”;
      Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
       23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD,
      And dishonest scales are not good.
       24 A man’s steps are of the LORD;
      How then can a man understand his own way?
       25 It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy,
      And afterward to reconsider his vows.

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

Second Reading: John 17:1-26

Jesus Prays for Himself

 1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

    6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me,[b] that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world,[c] I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept;[d] and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

    20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

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


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