Scripture Readings for Sept 16, 2018    (New Revised Standard Version)
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7th Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 1:20-33 and Psalm 19 or Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 - 8:1  •  
Isaiah 50:4-9a and Psalm 116:1-9  •  James 3:1-12  •  Mark 8:27-38

Proverbs 1:20-33
1:20 Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice.

1:21 At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

1:22 "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight
in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

1:23 Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words
known to you.

1:24 Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one
heeded,

1:25 and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,

1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you,

1:27 when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when
distress and anguish come upon you.

1:28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but
will not find me.

1:29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,

1:30 would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,

1:31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.

1:32 For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them;

1:33 but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of
disaster."

Psalm 19
19:1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his
handiwork.

19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

19:3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

19:4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the
world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

19:5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man
runs its course with joy.

19:6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and
nothing is hid from its heat.

19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are
sure, making wise the simple;

19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the
LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;

19:9 the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are
true and righteous altogether.

19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than
honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

19:12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

19:13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over
me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Wisdom of Solomon 7:26 - 8:1
7:26 For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.

7:27 Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she
renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them
friends of God, and prophets;

7:28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.

7:29 She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,

7:30 for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

8:1 She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all
things well.


Isaiah 50:4-9a
50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to
sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens-- wakens my ear to listen
as those who are taught.

50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn
backward.

50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the
beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have
set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

Psalm 116:1-9
116:1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.

116:2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

116:3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I
suffered distress and anguish.

116:4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray, save my life!"

116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

116:6 The LORD protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

116:7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

116:8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from
stumbling.

116:9 I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

James 3:1-12
3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know
that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

3:2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is
perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle.

3:3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their
whole bodies.

3:4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them,
yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

3:5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a
forest is set ablaze by a small fire!

3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of
iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on
fire by hell.

3:7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and
has been tamed by the human species,

3:8 but no one can tame the tongue--a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

3:9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in
the likeness of God.

3:10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this
ought not to be so.

3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?

3:12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more
can salt water yield fresh.


Mark 8:27-38
8:27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way
he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"

8:28 And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one
of the prophets."

8:29 He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the
Messiah."

8:30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and
after three days rise again.

8:32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

8:33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind
me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

8:34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become
my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

8:35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for
my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.

8:36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?

8:37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?

8:38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful
generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of
his Father with the holy angels."