Monday 15 October 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 15 October 2007 

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Jeremiah 36:11-26

11 When Micaiah son of Gemariah son of Shaphan heard all the words of
the Lord from the scroll, 12he went down to the king's house, into the
secretary's chamber; and all the officials were sitting there: Elishama
the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, Gemariah
son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the officials. 13And
Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the
scroll in the hearing of the people. 14Then all the officials sent
Jehudi son of Nethaniah son of Shelemiah son of Cushi to say to Baruch,
'Bring the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come.'
So Baruch son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them.
15And they said to him, 'Sit down and read it to us.' So Baruch read it
to them. 16When they heard all the words, they turned to one another in
alarm, and said to Baruch, 'We certainly must report all these words to
the king.' 17Then they questioned Baruch, 'Tell us now, how did you
write all these words? Was it at his dictation?' 18Baruch answered them,
'He dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink on the
scroll.' 19Then the officials said to Baruch, 'Go and hide, you and
Jeremiah, and let no one know where you are.' 
Jehoiakim Burns the Scroll20 Leaving the scroll in the chamber of
Elishama the secretary, they went to the court of the king; and they
reported all the words to the king. 21Then the king sent Jehudi to get
the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary;
and Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside
the king. 22Now the king was sitting in his winter apartment (it was the
ninth month), and there was a fire burning in the brazier before him.
23As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king* would cut them off
with a penknife and throw them into the fire in the brazier, until the
entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier. 24Yet
neither the king, nor any of his servants who heard all these words, was
alarmed, nor did they tear their garments. 25Even when Elnathan and
Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not
listen to them. 26And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king's son and
Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest the
secretary Baruch and the prophet Jeremiah. But the Lord hid them.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have
love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic
powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have
all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am
nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body
so that I may boast,* but do not have love, I gain nothing. 
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices
in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things. 
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as
for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the
complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I
spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see
in a mirror, dimly,* but then we will see face to face. Now I know only
in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And
now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these
is love.
Matthew 10:5-15

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: 'Go
nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go
rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim
the good news, "The kingdom of heaven has come near."* 8Cure the sick,
raise the dead, cleanse the lepers,* cast out demons. You received
without payment; give without payment. 9Take no gold, or silver, or
copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or
sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. 11Whatever town
or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until
you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace
return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words,
shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
15Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and
Gomorrah on the day of judgement than for that town.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

1Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
2but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
3They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

4The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
5Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
6for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

1Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
2The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
3'Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.' 

4He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
6'I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.' 

7I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, 'You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
9You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.' 

10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
11Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling 12kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

1O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
2many are saying to me,
   'There is no help for you* in God.'

3But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
4I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

5I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
6I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

7Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

8Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

1Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

2How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
3But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

4When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
5Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

6There are many who say, 'O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!' 
7You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

8I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

1O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
2or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

3O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
4if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
5then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

6Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement. 
7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high. 
8The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

9O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
10God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
11God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

12If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
13he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
14See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
15They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
16Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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