Saturday, 1 September 2018

Mass readings in Scots: Twenty-second Sunday of the Year (Year B)

Gospel reading
Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

And thar are gather’t aboot him the Pharisees, and the Scribes that had come doon frae Jerusalem. And, takin tent that some o’ his disciples war eatin breid wi’ unpurify’t  -that is, unweshen- hauns, they challenged them. For the Pharisees, and a the Jews, gin they wesh-na their hauns religiously, eat-na; haudin fast the traditions o’ the Elders. And comin frae the merkit -gin they wesh-na their sels, they eat-na. And mony mair things are thar that they hae acceptit to haud; -purify in o’ cups and stowps, coppers and table-couches. And the Pharisees and the Scribes speir at him, “ Hoo is’t thy disciples gang-na conform to the tradition o’ the Elders, but eat their breid wi’ unpurify’t hauns?” But he said, “ Weel did Esaiah prophesie o’ you, dissemblers! as it is putten doon:

This nation honor me wi’ their lips,
but their heart they haud faur-awa frae me!
But they offer devotion to me in vain,
teachin as precepts the commandments o’ men.

"For haein put-awa God’s commaun, ye haud fast the tradition o’ men -purifyin o’ cups and stowps; and mony sic like things ye do."

 And ca’in to him the throng o’ folk again, he says to them, “Hear me, every ane o' ye, and under-
staun. Thar is naething frae withoot a man, enterin intil him, can fyle him; but the things that gae forth oot o’ the man, they fyle him. For frae within, frae ben i’ the hearts o’ men, ill designs come
forth: lecherie, thefts, murders, adulteries, covetins, knaveries, deceit, wantonness, envy, evil-speakin, loftiness, foolishness; a’ thir ill things proceed frae within, and they fyle the man!”

[From The New Testament in Braid Scots William Wye Smith (1904) here]

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