There are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Old Testament (Song of Solomon 2:8-13), the psalter (Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9), the epistles (James 1:17-27) and the gospel (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23) lessons for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passages you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. 10My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.
6Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
7you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
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. 18In 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 creatures.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and 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.) 5So 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?” 6He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
but their hearts are far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
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 person.”