Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 15:11-20
11Say not thou, It is through the Lord that I fell away: for thou oughtest not to do the things that he hateth.
12Say not thou, He hath caused me to err: for he hath no need of the sinful man.
13The Lord hateth all abomination; and they that fear God love it not.
14He himself made man from the beginning, and left him in the hand of his counsel;
15If thou wilt, to keep the commandments, and to perform acceptable faithfulness.
16He hath set fire and water before thee: stretch forth thy hand unto whether thou wilt.
17Before man is life and death; and whether him liketh shall be given him.
18For the wisdom of the Lord is great, and he is mighty in power, and beholdeth all things:
19And his eyes are upon them that fear him, and he knoweth every work of man.
20He hath commanded no man to do wickedly, neither hath he given any man licence to sin.
Psalm: 119: 9-16
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.
With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy commandments!
I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Blessed be thou, O LORD; teach me thy statutes!
With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on thy precepts, and fix my eyes on thy ways.
I will delight in thy statutes; I will not forget thy word.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9
But I, brethren, could not address you as spiritual men, but as men of the flesh, as babes in Christ.
I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready,
for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving like ordinary men?
For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apol'los," are you not merely men?
What then is Apol'los? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
I planted, Apol'los watered, but God gave the growth.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor.
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
Gospel: Matthew 5: 21-24, 27-30, 33-37
"You have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.'
But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
"Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.'
But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil.