Saturday 8 September 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 8 September 2007 

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1 Kings 12:1-20

Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him
king. 2When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in
Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), then Jeroboam returned
from* Egypt. 3And they sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all the
assembly of Israel came and said to Rehoboam, 4'Your father made our
yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and
his heavy yoke that he placed on us, and we will serve you.' 5He said to
them, 'Go away for three days, then come again to me.' So the people
went away. 
6 Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the older men who had attended
his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, 'How do you advise
me to answer this people?' 7They answered him, 'If you will be a servant
to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when
you answer them, then they will be your servants for ever.' 8But he
disregarded the advice that the older men gave him, and consulted the
young men who had grown up with him and now attended him. 9He said to
them, 'What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to
me, "Lighten the yoke that your father put on us"?' 10The young men who
had grown up with him said to him, 'Thus you should say to this people
who spoke to you, "Your father made our yoke heavy, but you must lighten
it for us"; thus you should say to them, "My little finger is thicker
than my father's loins. 11Now, whereas my father laid on you a heavy
yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but
I will discipline you with scorpions." ' 
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as
the king had said, 'Come to me again on the third day.' 13The king
answered the people harshly. He disregarded the advice that the older
men had given him 14and spoke to them according to the advice of the
young men, 'My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke;
my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with
scorpions.' 15So the king did not listen to the people, because it was a
turn of affairs brought about by the Lord that he might fulfil his word,
which the Lord had spoken by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of
16 When all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, the
people answered the king,
'What share do we have in David?
   We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
   Look now to your own house, O David.'
So Israel went away to their tents. 17But Rehoboam reigned over the
Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah. 18When King Rehoboam
sent Adoram, who was taskmaster over the forced labour, all Israel
stoned him to death. King Rehoboam then hurriedly mounted his chariot to
flee to Jerusalem. 19So Israel has been in rebellion against the house
of David to this day. 
First Dynasty: Jeroboam Reigns over Israel20 When all Israel heard that
Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made
him king over all Israel. There was no one who followed the house of
David, except the tribe of Judah alone.
James 5:7-12,19-20

Be patient, therefore, beloved,* until the coming of the Lord. The
farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be
patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.*
9Beloved,* do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be
judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10As an example of
suffering and patience, beloved,* take the prophets who spoke in the
name of the Lord. 11Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance.
You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of
the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. 
12 Above all, my beloved,* do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or
by any other oath, but let your 'Yes' be yes and your 'No' be no, so
that you may not fall under condemnation. 
19 My brothers and sisters,* if anyone among you wanders from the truth
and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings
back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's* soul from death and
will cover a multitude of sins.
Mark 15:33-39

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land* until three in the
afternoon. 34At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, 'Eloi,
Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you
forsaken me?'* 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,
'Listen, he is calling for Elijah.' 36And someone ran, filled a sponge
with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying,
'Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.' 37Then
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the
temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now when the centurion,
who stood facing him, saw that in this way he* breathed his last, he
said, 'Truly this man was God's Son!'*
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 30, 32

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
   and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 
2O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
   and you have healed me. 
3O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
   restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.* 

4Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name. 
5For his anger is but for a moment;
   his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning. 

6As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   'I shall never be moved.' 
7By your favour, O Lord,
   you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
   I was dismayed. 

8To you, O Lord, I cried,
   and to the Lord I made supplication: 
9'What profit is there in my death,
   if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
   Will it tell of your faithfulness? 
10Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!' 

11You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have taken off my sackcloth
   and clothed me with joy, 
12so that my soul* may praise you and not be silent.
   O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.

Psalm 32

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered. 
2Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
   and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

3While I kept silence, my body wasted away
   through my groaning all day long. 
4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
   my strength was dried up* as by the heat of summer.

5Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
   and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord',
   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

6Therefore let all who are faithful
   offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress,* the rush of mighty waters
   shall not reach them. 
7You are a hiding-place for me;
   you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

8I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
   I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
9Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
   whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
   else it will not stay near you. 

10Many are the torments of the wicked,
   but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. 
11Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
   and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 42, 43

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God. 
2My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God? 
3My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me continually,
   'Where is your God?' 

4These things I remember,
   as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,*
   and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
   a multitude keeping festival. 
5Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help 6and my God. 

My soul is cast down within me;
   therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
   from Mount Mizar. 
7Deep calls to deep
   at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
   have gone over me. 
8By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
   and at night his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life. 

9I say to God, my rock,
   'Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because the enemy oppresses me?' 
10As with a deadly wound in my body,
   my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
   'Where is your God?' 

11Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

Psalm 43

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
   against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
   deliver me! 
2For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
   why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because of the oppression of the enemy? 

3O send out your light and your truth;
   let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
   and to your dwelling. 
4Then I will go to the altar of God,
   to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
   O God, my God. 

5Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

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