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Slander

The first reading today in The Lectionary is from Ecclesiasticus, one of the Apocrypha, books which are used by Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans and a few other liturgical sects in addition to the books of the bible selected at the Council of Trent used by most Protestant Christians.

We don’t think like God. God used flawed men, murderers, Moses and David, to further his goals for his people. Jesus was gentle with the fornicators and taxmen, and reserved his greatest wrath for those who thought they were holy, but who washed the outside of the cup, and were unclean on the inside. In the Final Judgement, we really don’t know who will stand. We do know, if we read scripture, that lying and slander are considered heinous.

Sirach 28:14-26

14 Slander* has shaken many,
and scattered them from nation to nation;
it has destroyed strong cities,
and overturned the houses of the great.
15 Slander* has driven virtuous women from their homes,
and deprived them of the fruit of their toil.
16 Those who pay heed to slander* will not find rest,
nor will they settle down in peace.
17 The blow of a whip raises a welt,
but a blow of the tongue crushes the bones.
18 Many have fallen by the edge of the sword,
but not as many as have fallen because of the tongue.
19 Happy is one who is protected from it,
who has not been exposed to its anger,
who has not borne its yoke,
and has not been bound with its fetters.
20 For its yoke is a yoke of iron,
and its fetters are fetters of bronze;
21 its death is an evil death,
and Hades is preferable to it.
22 It has no power over the godly;
they will not be burned in its flame.
23 Those who forsake the Lord will fall into its power;
it will burn among them and will not be put out.
It will be sent out against them like a lion;
like a leopard it will mangle them.
24a As you fence in your property with thorns,
25b so make a door and a bolt for your mouth.
24b As you lock up your silver and gold,
25a so make balances and scales for your words.
26 Take care not to err with your tongue,*
and fall victim to one lying in wait.

November 1, 2012 - Posted by | Faith, Lectionary Readings, Words

2 Comments »

  1. Lutherans don’t use the Apocrypha. I think just Catholics and Episcopalians.

    Comment by momcatwa | November 1, 2012 | Reply

  2. I know a lady in an Apostolic church; she says they use the Apocrypha. I think the Orthodox churches do. I thought the Lutherans do, but . . . there seem to be different kinds of Lutherans. In fact, there are also different kinds of Episcopalians now. So many different paths to the Lord!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 1, 2012 | Reply


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