September 24, 2020 (Gracious Lips)

Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then quarreling and dishonor will cease. The one who loves a pure heart and gracious lips—the king is his friend.

September 24, 2020 (Gracious Lips)

Psalm 119:9–16 (CSB)

ב‎ Beth

How can a young man keep his way pure? 

By keeping your word. 

10 I have sought you with all my heart; 

don’t let me wander from your commands. 

11 I have treasured your word in my heart 

so that I may not sin against you. 

12 Lord, may you be blessed; 

teach me your statutes. 

13 With my lips I proclaim 

all the judgments from your mouth. 

14 I rejoice in the way revealed by your decrees 

as much as in all riches. 

15 I will meditate on your precepts 

and think about your ways. 

16 I will delight in your statutes; 

I will not forget your word.

Proverbs 22:10–16 (CSB)

10 Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; 

then quarreling and dishonor will cease. 

11 The one who loves a pure heart 

and gracious lips—the king is his friend. 

12 The Lord’s eyes keep watch over knowledge, 

but he overthrows the words of the treacherous. 

13 The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside! 

I’ll be killed in the public square!” 

14 The mouth of the forbidden woman is a deep pit; 

a man cursed by the Lord will fall into it. 

15 Foolishness is bound to the heart of a youth; 

a rod of discipline will separate it from him. 

16 Oppressing the poor to enrich oneself, 

and giving to the rich—both lead only to poverty.

John 18:1–14 (CSB)


18 After Jesus had said these things, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas took a company of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 

Then Jesus, knowing everything that was about to happen to him, went out and said to them, “Who is it that you’re seeking?” 

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. 

“I am he,” Jesus told them. 

Judas, who betrayed him, was also standing with them. When Jesus told them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. 

Then he asked them again, “Who is it that you’re seeking?” 

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. 

“I told you I am he,” Jesus replied. “So if you’re looking for me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the words he had said: “I have not lost one of those you have given me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 

11 At that, Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword away! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me?” 


12 Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus and tied him up. 13 First they led him to Annas, since he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be better for one man to die for the people.

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