March 22, 2021

Daniel 13: 1- 9, 15- 17, 19- 30, 33- 62

13:1And there was a man living in Babylon, and his name was Joakim.
13:2And he received a wife named Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah, who was very beautiful and God-fearing.
13:3For her parents, because they were righteous, had educated their daughter according to the law of Moses.
13:4But Joakim was very wealthy, and he had an orchard near his house, and the Jews flocked to him, because he was the most honorable of them all.
13:5And two elder judges had been appointed among the people that year, about whom the Lord has said, “Iniquity has come out of Babylon, from the elder judges, who seemed to govern the people.”
13:6These frequented the house of Joakim, and all came to them, who had need of judgment.
13:7But when the people departed at noontime, Susanna went in and walked around in her husband’s orchard.
13:8And the elders saw her entering and walking around every day, and they were inflamed with desire towards her.
13:9And they perverted their reason and turned away their eyes, so that they would not look to heaven, nor call to mind just judgments.
13:15But it happened, while they watched for an opportune day, that she entered at a particular time, just as yesterday and the day before, with only two maids, and she wanted to wash in the orchard, because it was so hot.
13:16And there was no one there, except the two elders in hiding, and they were studying her.
13:17And so she said to the maids, “Bring me oil and ointments, and shut the doors of the orchard, so that I may wash.”
13:19But when the maids had departed, the two elders arose and hurried to her, and they said,
13:20“Behold, the doors of the orchard are closed, and no one can see us, and we are in desire for you. Because of these things, consent to us and lie with us.
13:21But if you will not, we will bear witness against you that a young man was with you and, for this reason, you sent your maids away from you.”
13:22Susanna sighed and said, “I am closed in on every side. For if I do this thing, it is death to me; yet if I do not do it, I will not escape your hands.
13:23But it is better for me to fall unavoidably into your hands, than to sin in the sight of the Lord.”
13:24And Susanna cried out with a loud voice, but the elders also cried out against her.
13:25And one of them hurried to the door of the orchard and opened it.
13:26And so, when the servants of the house heard the outcry in the orchard, they rushed in by the back door to see what was happening.
13:27But after the old men had spoken, the servants were greatly ashamed, for there had never been anything of this kind said about Susanna. And it happened on the next day,
13:28when the people came to Joakim her husband, that the two appointed elders also came, full of wicked plans against Susanna, in order to put her to death.
13:29And they said before the people, “Send for Susanna, daughter of Hilkiah, the wife of Joakim.” And immediately they sent for her.
13:30And she arrived with her parents, and sons, and all her relatives.
13:33Therefore, her own and all who knew her wept.
13:34Yet the two appointed elders, rising up in the midst of the people, set their hands upon her head.
13:35And weeping, she gazed up to heaven, for her heart had faith in the Lord.
13:36And the appointed elders said, “While we were talking a walk in the orchard alone, this one came in with two maids, and she shut the doors of the orchard, and she sent the maids away from her.
13:37And a young man came to her, who was in hiding, and he lay down with her.
13:38Furthermore, since we were in a corner of the orchard, seeing this wickedness, we ran up to them, and we saw them consorting together.
13:39And, indeed, we were unable to catch him, because he was stronger than us, and opening the doors, he leaped out.
13:40But, since we had apprehended this one, we demanded to know who the young man was, but she was unwilling to tell us. On this matter, we are witnesses.”
13:41The multitude believed them, just as if they were elders and the judges of the people, and they condemned her to death.
13:42But Susanna cried out with a loud voice and said, “Eternal God, who knows what is hidden, who knows all things before they happen,
13:43you know that they have borne false witness against me, and behold, I must die, though I have done none of these things, which these men have maliciously invented against me.”
13:44But the Lord heeded her voice.
13:45And when she was led away to death, the Lord raised up the holy spirit of a young boy, whose name was Daniel.
13:46And he cried out with a loud voice, “I am clean of the blood of this one.”
13:47And all the people, turning back towards him, said, “What is this word that you are saying?”
13:48But he, while standing in the midst of them, said, “Are you so foolish, sons of Israel, that without judging and without knowing what the truth is, you have condemned a daughter of Israel?
13:49Return to judgment, because they have spoken false witness against her.”
13:50Therefore, the people returned with haste, and the old men said to him, “Come and sit down in our midst and show us, since God has given you the honor of old age.”
13:51And Daniel said to them, “Separate these at a distance from one another, and I will judge between them.”
13:52And so, when they were divided, one from the other, he called one of them, and he said to him, “You deep-rooted ancient evil, now your sins have come out, which you have committed before,
13:53judging unjust judgments, oppressing the innocent, and setting free the guilty, though the Lord declares, ‘The innocent and the just you must not put to death.’
13:54Now then, if you saw her, declare under which tree you saw them conversing together.” He said, “Under an evergreen mastic tree.”
13:55But Daniel said, “Truly, you have lied against your own head. For behold, the angel of God, having received the sentence from him, will split you down the middle.
13:56And, having put him aside, he commanded the other to approach, and he said to him, “You offspring of Canaan, and not of Judah, beauty has deceived you, and desire has perverted your heart.
13:57Thus did you do to the daughters of Israel, and they, out of fear, consorted with you, but a daughter of Judah would not tolerate your iniquity.
13:58Now then, declare to me, under which tree you caught them conversing together.” He said, “Under an evergreen oak tree.”
13:59And Daniel said to him, “Truly, you also have lied against your own head. For the angel of the Lord waits, holding a sword, to cut you down the middle and put you to death.”
13:60And then the entire assembly cried out in a loud voice, and they blessed God, who saves those who hope in him.
13:61And they rose up against the two appointed elders, (for Daniel had convicted them, by their own mouth, of bearing false witness,) and they did to them just as they had wickedly done against their neighbor,
13:62so as to act according to the law of Moses. And they put them to death, and innocent blood was saved on that day.

John 8: 1- 11

8:1But Jesus continued on to the Mount of Olives.
8:2And early in the morning, he went again to the temple; and all the people came to him. And sitting down, he taught them.
8:3Now the scribes and Pharisees brought forward a woman caught in adultery, and they stood her in front of them.
8:4And they said to him: “Teacher, this woman was just now caught in adultery.
8:5And in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such a one. Therefore, what do you say?”
8:6But they were saying this to test him, so that they might be able to accuse him. Then Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the earth.
8:7And then, when they persevered in questioning him, he stood upright and said to them, “Let whoever is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her.”
8:8And bending down again, he wrote on the earth.
8:9But upon hearing this, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, with the woman standing in front of him.
8:10Then Jesus, raising himself up, said to her: “Woman, where are those who accused you? Has no one condemned you?”
8:11And she said, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said: “Neither will I condemn you. Go, and now do not choose to sin anymore.”