Fourth Sunday following Pentecost
 How the faithful city
has become a harlot,
she that was full of justice!
Righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
 Your silver has become dross,
your wine mixed with water.
 Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Every one loves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them.
 Therefore the Lord says,
the LORD of hosts,
the Mighty One of Israel:
“Ah, I will vent my wrath on my enemies,
and avenge myself on my foes.
 I will turn my hand against you
and will smelt away your dross as with lye
and remove all your alloy.
 And I will restore your judges as at the first,
and your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness,
the faithful city.”
 Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
and those in her who repent, by righteousness.
 But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together,
and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
 For you shall be ashamed of the oaks
in which you delighted;
and you shall blush for the gardens
which you have chosen.
 For you shall be like an oak
whose leaf withers,
and like a garden without water.
 And the strong shall become tow,
and his work a spark,
and both of them shall burn together,
with none to quench them.
 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I of myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
 in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot;
 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 But you are not in the flesh, you are in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
 But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness.
 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you.
 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
 The men of Nin’eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.
 Then he says, `I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
 Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.”
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