November 6th, 2018

Tuesday of Trinity 24

First Reading: Jer. 8:18-9:12

The Prophet Mourns for the People

    18 I would comfort myself in sorrow;
      My heart is faint in me.
       19 Listen! The voice,
      The cry of the daughter of my people
      From a far country:
      “ Is not the LORD in Zion?
      Is not her King in her?”
      “ Why have they provoked Me to anger
      With their carved images—
      With foreign idols?”
       20 “ The harvest is past,
      The summer is ended,
      And we are not saved!”
       21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt.
      I am mourning;
      Astonishment has taken hold of me.
       22 Is there no balm in Gilead,
      Is there no physician there?
      Why then is there no recovery
      For the health of the daughter of my people?

 1 Oh, that my head were waters,
      And my eyes a fountain of tears,
      That I might weep day and night
      For the slain of the daughter of my people!
       2 Oh, that I had in the wilderness
      A lodging place for travelers;
      That I might leave my people,
      And go from them!
      For they are all adulterers,
      An assembly of treacherous men.
       3 “ And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies.
      They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.
      For they proceed from evil to evil,
      And they do not know Me,” says the LORD.
       4 “ Everyone take heed to his neighbor,
      And do not trust any brother;
      For every brother will utterly supplant,
      And every neighbor will walk with slanderers.
       5 Everyone will deceive his neighbor,
      And will not speak the truth;
      They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
      They weary themselves to commit iniquity.
       6 Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit;
      Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” says the LORD. 7 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts:
      “ Behold, I will refine them and try them;
      For how shall I deal with the daughter of My people?
       8 Their tongue is an arrow shot out;
      It speaks deceit;
      One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth,
      But in his heart he lies in wait.
       9 Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the LORD.
      “ Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”
       10 I will take up a weeping and wailing for the mountains,
      And for the dwelling places of the wilderness a lamentation,
      Because they are burned up,
      So that no one can pass through;
      Nor can men hear the voice of the cattle.
      Both the birds of the heavens and the beasts have fled;
      They are gone.
       11 “ I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a den of jackals.
      I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.” 12 Who is the wise man who may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why does the land perish and burn up like a wilderness, so that no one can pass through?

Second Reading: Matt. 23:13-39

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.[a] 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. 16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies[b] the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells[c] in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it. 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.[d] 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ 31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
    37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’[e]

Footnotes:Matthew 23:14 NU-Text omits this verse. Matthew 23:17 NU-Text reads sanctified. Matthew 23:21 M-Text reads dwelt. Matthew 23:25 M-Text reads unrighteousness. Matthew 23:39 Psalm 118:26


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