the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26
Bible Reading Plan
Daily Bible Reading
June 11 - Old & New Testament
Moral Benefits of Wisdom
1 My son,(a) if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding(b)—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight(c)
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,(d)
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.(e)
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;(f)
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.(g)
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield(h) to those whose walk is blameless,(i)
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.(j)
9 Then you will understand(k) what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,(l)
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.(m)
12 Wisdom will save(n) you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,(o)
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,(p)
15 whose paths are crooked(q)
and who are devious in their ways.(r)
16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,(s)
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a](t)
18 Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.(u)
19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.(v)
20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,(w)
and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked(x) will be cut off from the land,(y)
and the unfaithful will be torn from it.(z)
Wisdom Bestows Well-Being
1 My son,(a) do not forget my teaching,(b)
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years(c)
and bring you peace and prosperity.(d)
3 Let love and faithfulness(e) never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.(f)
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.(g)
5 Trust in the
(h) with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths(i) straight.[a](j)
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;(k)
fear the Lord (l) and shun evil.(m)
8 This will bring health to your body(n)
and nourishment to your bones.(o)
9 Honor the
with your wealth,
with the firstfruits(p) of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled(q) to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.(r)
11 My son,(s) do not despise the
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,(u)
as a father the son he delights in.[b](v)
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.(w)
15 She is more precious than rubies;(x)
nothing you desire can compare with her.(y)
16 Long life is in her right hand;(z)
in her left hand are riches and honor.(aa)
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.(ab)
18 She is a tree of life(ac) to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.(ad)
19 By wisdom(ae) the
laid the earth's foundations,(af)
by understanding he set the heavens(ag) in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son,(ah) do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,(ai)
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,(aj)
an ornament to grace your neck.(ak)
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,(al)
and your foot will not stumble.(am)
24 When you lie down,(an) you will not be afraid;(ao)
when you lie down, your sleep(ap) will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the Lord will be at your side(aq)
and will keep your foot(ar) from being snared.(as)
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
"Come back tomorrow and I'll give it to you"—
when you already have it with you.(at)
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.(au)
30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason—
when they have done you no harm.
31 Do not envy(av) the violent
or choose any of their ways.
32 For the
detests the perverse(aw)
but takes the upright into his confidence.(ax)
33 The Lord 's curse(ay) is on the house of the wicked,(az)
but he blesses the home of the righteous.(ba)
34 He mocks(bb) proud mockers(bc)
but shows favor to the humble(bd) and oppressed.
35 The wise inherit honor,
but fools get only shame.
Get Wisdom at Any Cost
1 Listen, my sons,(a) to a father's instruction;(b)
pay attention and gain understanding.(c)
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
"Take hold(d) of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.(e)
5 Get wisdom,(f) get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;(g)
love her, and she will watch over you.(h)
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom.
Though it cost all(i) you have,[b] get understanding.(j)
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.(k)
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.(l)"
10 Listen, my son,(m) accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.(n)
11 I instruct(o) you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.(p)
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.(q)
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.(r)
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.(s)
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;(t)
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.(u)
18 The path of the righteous(v) is like the morning sun,(w)
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.(x)
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;(y)
they do not know what makes them stumble.(z)
20 My son,(aa) pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.(ab)
21 Do not let them out of your sight,(ac)
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one's whole body.(ad)
23 Above all else, guard(ae) your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.(af)
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes(ag) look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet(ah)
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;(ai)
keep your foot from evil.
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it."
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled(af) that said,
"They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment."[a](ag)
So this is what the soldiers did.
25 Near the cross(ah) of Jesus stood his mother,(ai) his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.(aj) 26 When Jesus saw his mother(ak) there, and the disciple whom he loved(al) standing nearby, he said to her, "Woman,[b] here is your son," 27 and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The Death of Jesus(am)
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished,(an) and so that Scripture would be fulfilled,(ao) Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29 A jar of wine vinegar(ap) was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished."(aq) With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Now it was the day of Preparation,(ar) and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses(as) during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.(at) 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced(au) Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.(av) 35 The man who saw it(aw) has given testimony, and his testimony is true.(ax) He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled:(ay) "Not one of his bones will be broken,"[c](az) 37 and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."[d](ba)
The Burial of Jesus(bb)
38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.(bc) With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus,(bd) the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[e] 40 Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.(be) This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.(bf) 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation(bg) and since the tomb was nearby,(bh) they laid Jesus there.