Scripture Reading for
The Lectionary According to the Common Calendar
41 They said unto Him, "He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons." 42 Jesus said unto them,
45 And when the chief priests and the Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spoke of them. 46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitude, because they took Him for a prophet.
13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid! But sin, that it might appear as sin, was working death in me by that which is good, that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do, I know not. For what I would do, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law, that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not. 19 For the good that I would do, I do not; but the evil which I would not do, that I do. 20 Now if I do that which I would not do, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God -- through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
41 And it came to pass on the morrow that Balak took Balaam and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.
1 And Balaam said unto Balak, "Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams." 2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken, and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak, "Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatsoever He showeth me I will tell thee." And he went to a high place. 4 And God met Balaam; and he said unto Him, "I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram." 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, "Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak." 6 And he returned unto him, and lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he and all the princes of Moab. 7 And he took up his parable and said:
11 And Balak said unto Balaam, "What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and behold, thou hast blessed them altogether." 12 And he answered and said, "Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?" 13 And Balak said unto him, "Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place from whence thou mayest see them. Thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all; and curse them for me from thence." 14 And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. 15 And he said unto Balak, "Stand here by thy burnt offering while I meet the LORD yonder." 16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth and said, "Go again unto Balak, and say thus." 17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, "What hath the LORD spoken?" 18 And he took up his parable and said:
Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 3:14
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