October 30th, 2018

Tuesday of Trinity 22

First Reading: Deut. 31:30-32:27

The Song of Moses

    30 Then Moses spoke in the hearing of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song until they were ended:

 1 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak;
      And hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

 2 Let my teaching drop as the rain,
      My speech distill as the dew,
      As raindrops on the tender herb,
      And as showers on the grass.

 3 For I proclaim the name of the LORD:
      Ascribe greatness to our God.

 4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
      For all His ways are justice,
      A God of truth and without injustice;
      Righteous and upright is He.

 5 “They have corrupted themselves;
      They are not His children,
      Because of their blemish:
      A perverse and crooked generation.

 6 Do you thus deal with the LORD,
      O foolish and unwise people?
      Is He not your Father, who bought you?
      Has He not made you and established you?

 7 “ Remember the days of old,
      Consider the years of many generations.
      Ask your father, and he will show you;
      Your elders, and they will tell you:

 8 When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations,
      When He separated the sons of Adam,
      He set the boundaries of the peoples
      According to the number of the children of Israel.

 9 For the LORD’s portion is His people;
      Jacob is the place of His inheritance.

 10 “He found him in a desert land
      And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
      He encircled him, He instructed him,
      He kept him as the apple of His eye.

 11 As an eagle stirs up its nest,
      Hovers over its young,
      Spreading out its wings, taking them up,
      Carrying them on its wings,

 12 So the LORD alone led him,
      And there was no foreign god with him.

 13 “He made him ride in the heights of the earth,
      That he might eat the produce of the fields;
      He made him draw honey from the rock,
      And oil from the flinty rock;

 14 Curds from the cattle, and milk of the flock,
      With fat of lambs;
      And rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats,
      With the choicest wheat;
      And you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.

 15 “But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked;
      You grew fat, you grew thick,
      You are obese!
      Then he forsook God who made him,
      And scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

 16 They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods;
      With abominations they provoked Him to anger.

 17 They sacrificed to demons, not to God,
      To gods they did not know,
      To new gods, new arrivals
      That your fathers did not fear.

 18 Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,
      And have forgotten the God who fathered you.

 19 “And when the LORD saw it, He spurned them,
      Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.

 20 And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them,
      I will see what their end will be,
      For they are a perverse generation,
      Children in whom is no faith.

 21 They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God;
      They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols.
      But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation;
      I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.

 22 For a fire is kindled in My anger,
      And shall burn to the lowest hell;
      It shall consume the earth with her increase,
      And set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

 23 ‘I will heap disasters on them;
      I will spend My arrows on them.

 24 They shall be wasted with hunger,
      Devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction;
      I will also send against them the teeth of beasts,
      With the poison of serpents of the dust.

 25 The sword shall destroy outside;
      There shall be terror within
      For the young man and virgin,
      The nursing child with the man of gray hairs.

 26 I would have said, “I will dash them in pieces,
      I will make the memory of them to cease from among men,”

 27 Had I not feared the wrath of the enemy,
      Lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
      Lest they should say, “Our hand is high;
      And it is not the LORD who has done all this.”’

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

Second Reading: Matt. 20:1-16

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle,[a] and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’[b] 8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”[c]

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


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