Proverbs 25:6–14; Psalm 131; Ephesians 4:1–6; Luke 14:1–11

Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence

or stand in the place of the great,

for uit is better to be told, Come up here,

than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

What your eyes have seen

wdo not hastily bring into court,1

for2 what will you do in the end,

when your neighbor puts you to shame?

xArgue your case with your neighbor himself,

and do not reveal another’s secret,

10  lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,

and your ill repute have no end.

11  yA word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

12  Like za gold ring or an ornament of gold

is a wise reprover to aa listening ear.

13  Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest

is ba faithful messenger to those who send him;

he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14  Like cclouds and wind without rain

is a man who dboasts of a gift he does not give.


I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul

A Song of mAscents. Of David.

131  O Lord, my heart is not slifted up;

my eyes are not traised too high;

I do not uoccupy myself with things

too great and vtoo marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

like a weaned wchild with its mother;

like a weaned child is my soul within me.

xO Israel, hope in the Lord

from this time forth and forevermore.


Unity in the Body of Christ

I therefore, ma prisoner for the Lord, urge you to nwalk in a manner worthy of othe calling to which you have been called, with all phumility and qgentleness, with rpatience, sbearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in tthe bond of peace. There is uone body and vone Spiritjust as you were called to the one whope that belongs to your call xone Lord, yone faith, zone baptism, aone God and Father of all, bwho is over all and through all and in all.


Healing of a Man on the Sabbath

14 One Sabbath, pwhen he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were qwatching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to rthe lawyers and Pharisees, saying, sIs it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not? But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, tWhich of you, having a son1 or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out? uAnd they could not reply to these things.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed vhow they chose the places of honor, saying to them, When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, Give your place to this person, and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, wso that when your host comes he may say to you, Friend, move up higher. Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For xeveryone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.