of Solomon 2:8-13
7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
of Solomon 2:8-13
The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the
mountains, bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he
stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through
My beloved speaks and says to me: "Arise, my love, my fair
one, and come away;
for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and
the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come
45:1 My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses
to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter
is a scepter of equity;
you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your
God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your
your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From
ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right
hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
1:17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is
from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there
is no variation or shadow due to change.
In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of
truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to
listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;
for your anger does not produce God's righteousness.
Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of
wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has
the power to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive
For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like
those who look at themselves in a mirror;
for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget
what they were like.
But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and
persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act--they
will be blessed in their doing.
If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues
but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is
this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to
keep oneself unstained by the world.
7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
7:1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come
from Jerusalem gathered around him,
they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled
hands, that is, without washing them.
(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they
thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the
and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it;
and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the
washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)
So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your
disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but
eat with defiled hands?"
He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you
hypocrites, as it is written, '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.'
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human
Then he called the crowd again and said to them, "Listen to
me, all of you, and understand:
there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but
the things that come out are what defile."
For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions
come: fornication, theft, murder,
adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy,
slander, pride, folly.
All these evil things come from within, and they defile a