June 20th, 2018

Wednesday of Trinity 3

First Reading: Prov. 22:22-23:12

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
      Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
       23 For the LORD will plead their cause,
      And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
       24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
      And with a furious man do not go,
       25 Lest you learn his ways
      And set a snare for your soul.
       26 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,
      One of those who is surety for debts;
       27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
      Why should he take away your bed from under you?
       28 Do not remove the ancient landmark
      Which your fathers have set.
       29 Do you see a man who excels in his work?
      He will stand before kings;
      He will not stand before unknown men.

 1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
      Consider carefully what is before you;
       2 And put a knife to your throat
      If you are a man given to appetite.
       3 Do not desire his delicacies,
      For they are deceptive food.
       4 Do not overwork to be rich;
      Because of your own understanding, cease!
       5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
      For riches certainly make themselves wings;
      They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
       6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,[a]
      Nor desire his delicacies;
       7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
      “ Eat and drink!” he says to you,
      But his heart is not with you.
       8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
      And waste your pleasant words.
       9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
      For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
       10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
      Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
       11 For their Redeemer is mighty;
      He will plead their cause against you.
       12 Apply your heart to instruction,
      And your ears to words of knowledge.

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

Second Reading: John 18:15-40

Peter Denies Jesus

    15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another[a] disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in. 17 Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.

Jesus Questioned by the High Priest

    19 The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine. 20 Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet,[b] and in secret I have said nothing. 21 Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.” 22 And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil; but if well, why do you strike Me?” 24 Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Twice More

    25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.

In Pilate’s Court

    28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. 29 Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.” 31 Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” 32 that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die. 33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.

Taking the Place of Barabbas

    39 “But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

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


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