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If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and right, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But all things considered, this is an advantage for a land: a king for a plowed field. The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity. When goods increase, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of laborers, whether they eat little or much; but the surfeit of the rich will not let them sleep. There is a grievous ill that I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owners to their hurt, and those riches were lost in a bad venture; though they are parents of children, they have nothing in their hands. As they came from their mother's womb, so they shall go again, naked as they came; they shall take nothing for their toil, which they may carry away with their hands. This also is a grievous ill: just as they came, so shall they go; and what gain do they have from toiling for the wind? Besides, all their days they eat in darkness, in much vexation and sickness and resentment. This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. Likewise all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil-- this is the gift of God. For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise. My point is this: heirs, as long as they are minors, are no better than slaves, though they are the owners of all the property; but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; while we were minors, we were enslaved to the elemental spirits of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? How can you want to be enslaved to them again? You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.
Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat." He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.' But you say that whoever tells father or mother, 'Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,' then that person need not honor the father. So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God. You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.'" Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, "Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles." Then the disciples approached and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?" He answered, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit." But Peter said to him, "Explain this parable to us." Then he said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile."
Psalm 55Exaudi, Deus
1 Hear my prayer, O God; * do not hide yourself from my petition. 2 Listen to me and answer me; * I have no peace, because of my cares. 3 I am shaken by the noise of the enemy * and by the pressure of the wicked; 4 For they have cast an evil spell upon me * and are set against me in fury. 5 My heart quakes within me, * and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 6 Fear and trembling have come over me, * and horror overwhelms me. 7 And I said, "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! * I would fly away and be at rest. 8 I would flee to a far-off place * and make my lodging in the wilderness. 9 I would hasten to escape * from the stormy wind and tempest." 10 Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; * for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 11 Day and night the watchmen make their rounds upon her walls, * but trouble and misery are in the midst of her. 12 There is corruption at her heart; * her streets are never free of oppression and deceit. 13 For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; * or had it been an enemy who vaunted himself against me, then I could have hidden from him. 14 But it was you, a man after my own heart, * my companion, my own familiar friend. 15 We took sweet counsel together, * and walked with the throng in the house of God. 16 Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive to the grave; * for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst. 17 But I will call upon God, * and the LORD will deliver me. 18 In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, * and he will hear my voice. 19 He will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; * for there are many who fight me. 20 God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; * they never change; they do not fear God. 21 My companion stretched forth his hand against his comrade; * he has broken his covenant. 22 His speech is softer than butter, * but war is in his heart. 23 His words are smoother than oil, * but they are drawn swords. 24 Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you; * he will never let the righteous stumble. 25 For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful * down to the pit of destruction, O God. 26 They shall not live out half their days, * but I will put my trust in you.
Psalm 138Confitebor tibi
1 I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; * before the gods I will sing your praise. 2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your Name, * because of your love and faithfulness; 3 For you have glorified your Name * and your word above all things. 4 When I called, you answered me; * you increased my strength within me. 5 All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, * when they have heard the words of your mouth. 6 They will sing of the ways of the LORD, * that great is the glory of the LORD. 7 Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; * he perceives the haughty from afar. 8 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; * you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me. 9 The LORD will make good his purpose for me; * O LORD, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands.
Psalm 139Domine, probasti
1 LORD, you have searched me out and known me; * you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places * and are acquainted with all my ways. 3 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, * but you, O LORD, know it altogether. 4 You press upon me behind and before * and lay your hand upon me. 5 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; * it is so high that I cannot attain to it. 6 Where can I go then from your Spirit? * where can I flee from your presence? 7 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; * if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. 8 If I take the wings of the morning * and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 9 Even there your hand will lead me * and your right hand hold me fast. 10 If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, * and the light around me turn to night, " 11 Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; * darkness and light to you are both alike. 12 For you yourself created my inmost parts; * you knit me together in my mother's womb. 13 I will thank you because I am marvelously made; * your works are wonderful, and I know it well. 14 My body was not hidden from you, * while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth. 15 Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book; * they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them. 16 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! * how great is the sum of them! 17 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; * to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours. 18 Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! * You that thirst for blood, depart from me. 19 They speak despitefully against you; * your enemies take your Name in vain. 20 Do I not hate those, O LORD, who hate you? * and do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 21 I hate them with a perfect hatred; * they have become my own enemies. 22 Search me out, O God, and know my heart; * try me and know my restless thoughts. 23 Look well whether there be any wickedness in me * and lead me in the way that is everlasting.
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