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Scripture Readings for Sunday September 17, 2017

Lectionary texts. (Focus Readings for this week provided in English and Spanish)

Exodus 14:19-31

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh's horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt."

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers." So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.


Éxodo 14: 19-31

19 Entonces el ángel de Dios, que marchaba al frente del ejército israelita, se dio vuelta y fue a situarse detrás de este. Lo mismo sucedió con la columna de nube, que dejó su puesto de vanguardia y se desplazó hacia la retaguardia, 20 quedando entre los egipcios y los israelitas. Durante toda la noche, la nube fue oscuridad para unos y luz para otros, así que en toda esa noche no pudieron acercarse los unos a los otros.

21 Moisés extendió su brazo sobre el mar, y toda la noche el Señor envió sobre el mar un recio viento del este que lo hizo retroceder, convirtiéndolo en tierra seca. Las aguas del mar se dividieron, 22 y los israelitas lo cruzaron sobre tierra seca. El mar era para ellos una muralla de agua a la derecha y otra a la izquierda.

23 Los egipcios los persiguieron. Todos los caballos y carros del faraón, y todos sus jinetes, entraron en el mar tras ellos. 24 Cuando ya estaba por amanecer, el Señor miró al ejército egipcio desde la columna de fuego y de nube, y sembró la confusión entre ellos: 25 hizo que las ruedas de sus carros se atascaran, de modo que se les hacía muy difícil avanzar. Entonces exclamaron los egipcios: «¡Alejémonos de los israelitas, pues el Señor está peleando por ellos y contra nosotros!»

26 Entonces el Señor le dijo a Moisés: «Extiende tu brazo sobre el mar, para que las aguas se vuelvan contra los egipcios y contra sus carros y jinetes». 27 Moisés extendió su brazo sobre el mar y, al despuntar el alba, el agua volvió a su estado normal. Los egipcios, en su huida, se toparon con el mar, y así el Señor los hundió en el fondo del mar. 28 Al recobrar las aguas su estado normal, se tragaron a todos los carros y jinetes del faraón, y a todo el ejército que había entrado al mar para perseguir a los israelitas. Ninguno de ellos quedó con vida. 29 Los israelitas, sin embargo, cruzaron el mar sobre tierra seca, pues para ellos el mar formó una muralla de agua a la derecha y otra a la izquierda.

30 En ese día el Señor salvó a Israel del poder de Egipto. Los israelitas vieron los cadáveres de los egipcios tendidos a la orilla del mar. 31 Y al ver los israelitas el gran poder que el Señor había desplegado en contra de los egipcios, temieron al Señor y creyeron en él y en su siervo Moisés.

Psalm 114

When Israel went out
  from Egypt,
the house of Jacob
  from a people of strange language,
Judah became God's sanctuary,
  Israel became God's dominion.

The sea looked and fled;
  Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
  the hills like lambs.

Why is it, O sea,
  that you flee?
O Jordan,
  that you turn back?
O mountains,
  that you skip like rams?
O hills,
  like lambs?

Tremble, O earth,
  at the presence of God,
at the presence of the God
  of Jacob,
who turns the rock
  into a pool of water,
who turns the flint
  into a spring of water.


Genesis 50:15-21

Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers said, "What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?" So they approached Joseph, saying, "Your father gave this instruction before he died, 'Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.' Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father." Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, "We are here as your slaves." But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones." In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21

Then Moses and the Israelites
  sang this song to the Lord:
"I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
   horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my might,
   and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
   my father's God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
   the Lord is his name.

"Pharaoh's chariots and his army he cast into the sea;
   his picked officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
The floods covered them;
   they went down into the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power —
   your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty you overthrew your adversaries;
   you sent out your fury, it consumed them like stubble.
At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up,
   the floods stood up in a heap;
   the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
The enemy said, 'I will pursue, I will overtake,
   I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
   I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.'
You blew with your wind, the sea covered them;
   they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

"Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
   Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
   awesome in splendor, doing wonders?"

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand;
    and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing.
And Miriam sang to them:
    "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
     horse and rider he has thrown into the sea."

Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13

Bless God,
  O my soul,
and all that is within me,
  bless God's holy name.
Bless God,
  O my soul,
and do not forget
  all God's benefits--
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life
  from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love
  and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
  as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed
  like the eagle's.

God works vindication
  and justice for all
who are oppressed.
God made known God's ways
  to Moses,
and God's acts to the people
  of Israel.
God is merciful and gracious,
  slow to anger and abounding
in steadfast love.

God will not always accuse,
  nor will God be angry forever.
God does not deal with us
  according to our sins,
nor repay us according
  to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high
  above the earth,
so great is God's steadfast love
  towards those who fear God;
as far as the east
  is from the west,
so far God removes our transgressions
  from us.

As a father and mother have compassion
  for their children,
so God has compassion
  for those who fear God.

Romans 14:1-12

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarrelling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
   "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
       and every tongue shall give praise to God."
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came and said to him, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

"For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, 'Pay what you owe.' Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart."


Mateo 18:21-35 (NVI)

Parábola del siervo despiadado

21 Pedro se acercó a Jesús y le preguntó:

―Señor, ¿cuántas veces tengo que perdonar a mi hermano que peca contra mí? ¿Hasta siete veces?

22 ―No te digo que hasta siete veces, sino hasta setenta y siete veces[a] —le contestó Jesús—.

23 »Por eso el reino de los cielos se parece a un rey que quiso ajustar cuentas con sus siervos. 24 Al comenzar a hacerlo, se le presentó uno que le debía miles y miles de monedas de oro.[b] 25 Como él no tenía con qué pagar, el señor mandó que lo vendieran a él, a su esposa y a sus hijos, y todo lo que tenía, para así saldar la deuda. 26 El siervo se postró delante de él. “Tenga paciencia conmigo —le rogó—, y se lo pagaré todo”. 27 El señor se compadeció de su siervo, le perdonó la deuda y lo dejó en libertad.

28 »Al salir, aquel siervo se encontró con uno de sus compañeros que le debía cien monedas de plata.[c] Lo agarró por el cuello y comenzó a estrangularlo. “¡Págame lo que me debes!”, le exigió. 29 Su compañero se postró delante de él. “Ten paciencia conmigo —le rogó—, y te lo pagaré”. 30 Pero él se negó. Más bien fue y lo hizo meter en la cárcel hasta que pagara la deuda. 31 Cuando los demás siervos vieron lo ocurrido, se entristecieron mucho y fueron a contarle a su señor todo lo que había sucedido. 32 Entonces el señor mandó llamar al siervo. “¡Siervo malvado! —le increpó—. Te perdoné toda aquella deuda porque me lo suplicaste. 33 ¿No debías tú también haberte compadecido de tu compañero, así como yo me compadecí de ti?” 34 Y, enojado, su señor lo entregó a los carceleros para que lo torturaran hasta que pagara todo lo que debía.

35 »Así también mi Padre celestial los tratará a ustedes, a menos que cada uno perdone de corazón a su hermano».