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The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22, 5 October 2014

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The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22, 5 October 2014 Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm 19 Or Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:7-14
Philippians 3:4b-14 St. Matthew 21:33-46


Background: The Decalogue It is odd that those things that seem to be universally shared by Christians are often not so.Here I am speaking especially of the Our Father, which seems to have several different translations and endings, and the Ten Commandments, which has a variety of numbering systems and interpretations.There are two versions that have come down to us, Exodus 20:1-17 and another version in Deuteronomy 5:4-21. In the main, the numbering systems in the West are a divide between the Augustinian system, which is followed by the Romans and the Lutherans (with the elimination of the “graven images” section, and the Reformed (oddly used by the Anglicans as well).The Eastern Church uses the system in the Septuagint, which parses the commandment on coveting differently than the other two systems.The use of the commandm…