Tuesday 16 October 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 16 October 2007 

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Jeremiah 36:27-37:2

27 Now, after the king had burned the scroll with the words that Baruch
wrote at Jeremiah's dictation, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:
28Take another scroll and write on it all the former words that were in
the first scroll, which King Jehoiakim of Judah has burned. 29And
concerning King Jehoiakim of Judah you shall say: Thus says the Lord,
You have dared to burn this scroll, saying, Why have you written in it
that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and
will cut off from it human beings and animals? 30Therefore thus says the
Lord concerning King Jehoiakim of Judah: He shall have no one to sit
upon the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the
heat by day and the frost by night. 31And I will punish him and his
offspring and his servants for their iniquity; I will bring on them, and
on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and on the people of Judah, all the
disasters with which I have threatened them-but they would not listen. 
32 Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the secretary Baruch
son of Neriah, who wrote on it at Jeremiah's dictation all the words of
the scroll that King Jehoiakim of Judah had burned in the fire; and many
similar words were added to them. 

37Zedekiah son of Josiah, whom King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon made king
in the land of Judah, succeeded Coniah son of Jehoiakim. 2But neither he
nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the
Lord that he spoke through the prophet Jeremiah.
1 Corinthians 14:1-12

Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you
may prophesy. 2For those who speak in a tongue do not speak to other
people but to God; for nobody understands them, since they are speaking
mysteries in the Spirit. 3On the other hand, those who prophesy speak to
other people for their building up and encouragement and consolation.
4Those who speak in a tongue build up themselves, but those who prophesy
build up the church. 5Now I would like all of you to speak in tongues,
but even more to prophesy. One who prophesies is greater than one who
speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be
built up. 
6 Now, brothers and sisters,* if I come to you speaking in tongues, how
will I benefit you unless I speak to you in some revelation or knowledge
or prophecy or teaching? 7It is the same way with lifeless instruments
that produce sound, such as the flute or the harp. If they do not give
distinct notes, how will anyone know what is being played? 8And if the
bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? 9So with
yourselves; if in a tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible,
how will anyone know what is being said? For you will be speaking into
the air. 10There are doubtless many different kinds of sounds in the
world, and nothing is without sound. 11If then I do not know the meaning
of a sound, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a
foreigner to me. 12So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual
gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church.
Matthew 10:16-23

16 'See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be
wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Beware of them, for they will
hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18and you
will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony
to them and the Gentiles. 19When they hand you over, do not worry about
how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say
will be given to you at that time; 20for it is not you who speak, but
the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21Brother will betray
brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against
parents and have them put to death; 22and you will be hated by all
because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I
tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before
the Son of Man comes.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 5, 6

Psalm 5

1Give ear to my words, O Lord;
   give heed to my sighing. 
2Listen to the sound of my cry,
   my King and my God,
   for to you I pray. 
3O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
   in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. 

4For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
   evil will not sojourn with you. 
5The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
   you hate all evildoers. 
6You destroy those who speak lies;
   the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful. 

7But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
   will enter your house,
I will bow down towards your holy temple
   in awe of you. 
8Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies;
   make your way straight before me. 

9For there is no truth in their mouths;
   their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
   they flatter with their tongues. 
10Make them bear their guilt, O God;
   let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
   for they have rebelled against you. 

11But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
   let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
   so that those who love your name may exult in you. 
12For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
   you cover them with favour as with a shield.

Psalm 6

1O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
   or discipline me in your wrath. 
2Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
   O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. 
3My soul also is struck with terror,
   while you, O Lord-how long? 

4Turn, O Lord, save my life;
   deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. 
5For in death there is no remembrance of you;
   in Sheol who can give you praise? 

6I am weary with my moaning;
   every night I flood my bed with tears;
   I drench my couch with my weeping. 
7My eyes waste away because of grief;
   they grow weak because of all my foes. 

8Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
   for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 
9The Lord has heard my supplication;
   the Lord accepts my prayer. 
10All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
   they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 10, 11

Psalm 10

1Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
   Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 
2In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor-
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised. 

3For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
   those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord. 
4In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, 'God will not seek it
   all their thoughts are, 'There is no God.' 

5Their ways prosper at all times;
   your judgements are on high, out of their sight;
   as for their foes, they scoff at them. 
6They think in their heart, 'We shall not be moved;
   throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.' 

7Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
   under their tongues are mischief and iniquity. 
8They sit in ambush in the villages;
   in hiding-places they murder the innocent. 

Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 
9   they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
   they seize the poor and drag them off in their net. 

10They stoop, they crouch,
   and the helpless fall by their might. 
11They think in their heart, 'God has forgotten,
   he has hidden his face, he will never see it.' 

12Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
   do not forget the oppressed. 
13Why do the wicked renounce God,
   and say in their hearts, 'You will not call us to account'? 

14But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
   that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
   you have been the helper of the orphan. 

15Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
   seek out their wickedness until you find none. 
16The Lord is king for ever and ever;
   the nations shall perish from his land. 

17O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
   you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear 
18to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
   so that those from earth may strike terror no more.*

Psalm 11

1In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
   'Flee like a bird to the mountains;* 
2for look, the wicked bend the bow,
   they have fitted their arrow to the string,
   to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. 
3If the foundations are destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?' 

4The Lord is in his holy temple;
   the Lord's throne is in heaven.
   His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind. 
5The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
   and his soul hates the lover of violence. 
6On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulphur;
   a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 
7For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
   the upright shall behold his face.

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