September 26th, 2018

Wednesday of Trinity 17

First Reading: Mal. 2:1-3:5

Corrupt Priests

 1 “And now, O priests, this commandment is for you.
       2 If you will not hear,
      And if you will not take it to heart,
      To give glory to My name,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ I will send a curse upon you,
      And I will curse your blessings.
      Yes, I have cursed them already,
      Because you do not take it to heart.
       3 “ Behold, I will rebuke your descendants
      And spread refuse on your faces,
      The refuse of your solemn feasts;
      And one will take you away with it.
       4 Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you,
      That My covenant with Levi may continue,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       5 “ My covenant was with him, one of life and peace,
      And I gave them to him that he might fear Me;
      So he feared Me
      And was reverent before My name.
       6 The law of truth[a] was in his mouth,
      And injustice was not found on his lips.
      He walked with Me in peace and equity,
      And turned many away from iniquity.
       7 “ For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge,
      And people should seek the law from his mouth;
      For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
       8 But you have departed from the way;
      You have caused many to stumble at the law.
      You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       9 “ Therefore I also have made you contemptible and base
      Before all the people,
      Because you have not kept My ways
      But have shown partiality in the law.”

Treachery of Infidelity

    10 Have we not all one Father?
      Has not one God created us?
      Why do we deal treacherously with one another
      By profaning the covenant of the fathers?
       11 Judah has dealt treacherously,
      And an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem,
      For Judah has profaned
      The LORD’s holy institution which He loves:
      He has married the daughter of a foreign god.
       12 May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob
      The man who does this, being awake and aware,[b]
      Yet who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts!
       13 And this is the second thing you do:
      You cover the altar of the LORD with tears,
      With weeping and crying;
      So He does not regard the offering anymore,
      Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
       14 Yet you say, “For what reason?”
      Because the LORD has been witness
      Between you and the wife of your youth,
      With whom you have dealt treacherously;
      Yet she is your companion
      And your wife by covenant.
       15 But did He not make them one,
      Having a remnant of the Spirit?
      And why one?
      He seeks godly offspring.
      Therefore take heed to your spirit,
      And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.
       16 “ For the LORD God of Israel says
      That He hates divorce,
      For it covers one’s garment with violence,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
      “ Therefore take heed to your spirit,
      That you do not deal treacherously.”
       17 You have wearied the LORD with your words;
      Yet you say,
      “ In what way have we wearied Him?
      In that you say,
      “ Everyone who does evil
      Is good in the sight of the LORD,
      And He delights in them,”
      Or, “Where is the God of justice?”

The Coming Messenger

 1 “Behold, I send My messenger,
      And he will prepare the way before Me.
      And the Lord, whom you seek,
      Will suddenly come to His temple,
      Even the Messenger of the covenant,
      In whom you delight.
      Behold, He is coming,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       2 “ But who can endure the day of His coming?
      And who can stand when He appears?
      For He is like a refiner’s fire
      And like launderers’ soap.
       3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver;
      He will purify the sons of Levi,
      And purge them as gold and silver,
      That they may offer to the LORD
      An offering in righteousness.
       4 “ Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
      Will be pleasant to the LORD,
      As in the days of old,
      As in former years.
       5 And I will come near you for judgment;
      I will be a swift witness
      Against sorcerers,
      Against adulterers,
      Against perjurers,
      Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
      And against those who turn away an alien—
      Because they do not fear Me,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.

Footnotes:Malachi 2:6 Or true instruction Malachi 2:12 Talmud and Vulgate read teacher and student.

Second Reading: Matt. 4:1-11

Satan Tempts Jesus

 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’[a] 5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
      ‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’

      ‘ In their hands they shall bear you up,
      Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’[b] 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’[c] 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’[e] 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Footnotes:Matthew 4:4 Deuteronomy 8:3 Matthew 4:6 Psalm 91:11, 12 Matthew 4:7 Deuteronomy 6:16 Matthew 4:10 M-Text reads Get behind Me. Matthew 4:10 Deuteronomy 6:13


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