Saturday 6 October 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 6 October 2007 

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2 Kings 19:21-36

This is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:
She despises you, she scorns you-
   virgin daughter Zion;
she tosses her head-behind your back,
   daughter Jerusalem. 

22'Whom have you mocked and reviled?
   Against whom have you raised your voice
and haughtily lifted your eyes?
   Against the Holy One of Israel! 
23By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
   and you have said, "With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
   to the far recesses of Lebanon;
I felled its tallest cedars,
   its choicest cypresses;
I entered its farthest retreat,
   its densest forest. 
24I dug wells
   and drank foreign waters,
I dried up with the sole of my foot
   all the streams of Egypt." 

25'Have you not heard
   that I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old
   what now I bring to pass,
that you should make fortified cities
   crash into heaps of ruins, 
26while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
   are dismayed and confounded;
they have become like plants of the field
   and like tender grass,
like grass on the housetops,
   blighted before it is grown. 

27'But I know your rising* and your sitting,
   your going out and coming in,
   and your raging against me. 
28Because you have raged against me
   and your arrogance has come to my ears,
I will put my hook in your nose
   and my bit in your mouth;
I will turn you back on the way
   by which you came. 

29 'And this shall be the sign for you: This year you shall eat what
grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that; then in
the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 30The
surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downwards,
and bear fruit upwards; 31for from Jerusalem a remnant shall go out, and
from Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will
do this. 
32 'Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He
shall not come into this city, shoot an arrow there, come before it with
a shield, or cast up a siege-ramp against it. 33By the way that he came,
by the same he shall return; he shall not come into this city, says the
Lord. 34For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for
the sake of my servant David.' 
Sennacherib's Defeat and Death35 That very night the angel of the Lord
set out and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp
of the Assyrians; when morning dawned, they were all dead bodies. 36Then
King Sennacherib of Assyria left, went home, and lived at Nineveh.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,* that our
ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and
all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate
the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For
they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was
Christ. 5Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they
were struck down in the wilderness. 
6 Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not
desire evil as they did. 7Do not become idolaters as some of them did;
as it is written, 'The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose
up to play.' 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them
did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put
Christ* to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by
serpents. 10And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed
by the destroyer. 11These things happened to them to serve as an
example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of
the ages have come. 12So if you think you are standing, watch out that
you do not fall. 13No testing has overtaken you that is not common to
everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your
strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that
you may be able to endure it.
Matthew 8:18-27

Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to
the other side. 19A scribe then approached and said, 'Teacher, I will
follow you wherever you go.' 20And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes,
and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay
his head.' 21Another of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, first let me
go and bury my father.' 22But Jesus said to him, 'Follow me, and let the
dead bury their own dead.' 
Jesus Stills the Storm23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples
followed him. 24A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was
being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke
him up, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' 26And he said to
them, 'Why are you afraid, you of little faith?' Then he got up and
rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were
amazed, saying, 'What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the
sea obey him?'
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-13

Psalm 107:33-43

He turns rivers into a desert,
   springs of water into thirsty ground, 
34a fruitful land into a salty waste,
   because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. 
35He turns a desert into pools of water,
   a parched land into springs of water. 
36And there he lets the hungry live,
   and they establish a town to live in; 
37they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
   and get a fruitful yield. 
38By his blessing they multiply greatly,
   and he does not let their cattle decrease. 

39When they are diminished and brought low
   through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, 
40he pours contempt on princes
   and makes them wander in trackless wastes; 
41but he raises up the needy out of distress,
   and makes their families like flocks. 
42The upright see it and are glad;
   and all wickedness stops its mouth. 
43Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
   and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 108:1-13

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;*
   I will sing and make melody.
   Awake, my soul!* 
2Awake, O harp and lyre!
   I will awake the dawn. 
3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
   and I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
4For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
   and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and let your glory be over all the earth. 
6Give victory with your right hand, and answer me,
   so that those whom you love may be rescued. 

7God has promised in his sanctuary:*
   'With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
   and portion out the Vale of Succoth. 
8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
   Ephraim is my helmet;
   Judah is my sceptre. 
9Moab is my wash-basin;
   on Edom I hurl my shoe;
   over Philistia I shout in triumph.' 

10Who will bring me to the fortified city?
   Who will lead me to Edom? 
11Have you not rejected us, O God?
   You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 
12O grant us help against the foe,
   for human help is worthless. 
13With God we shall do valiantly;
   it is he who will tread down our foes.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 33

Psalm 33

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.
   Praise befits the upright. 
2Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 
3Sing to him a new song;
   play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 

4For the word of the Lord is upright,
   and all his work is done in faithfulness. 
5He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. 

6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth. 
7He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
   he put the deeps in storehouses. 

8Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 
9For he spoke, and it came to be;
   he commanded, and it stood firm. 

10The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
   he frustrates the plans of the peoples. 
11The counsel of the Lord stands for ever,
   the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 
12Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
   the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. 

13The Lord looks down from heaven;
   he sees all humankind. 
14From where he sits enthroned he watches
   all the inhabitants of the earth- 
15he who fashions the hearts of them all,
   and observes all their deeds. 
16A king is not saved by his great army;
   a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 
17The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
   and by its great might it cannot save. 

18Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
   on those who hope in his steadfast love, 
19to deliver their soul from death,
   and to keep them alive in famine. 

20Our soul waits for the Lord;
   he is our help and shield. 
21Our heart is glad in him,
   because we trust in his holy name. 
22Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
   even as we hope in you.

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