Friday 15 February 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 15 February 2008 

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Genesis 40:1-23

Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker
offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2Pharaoh was angry with his two
officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3and he put them in
custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where
Joseph was confined. 4The captain of the guard charged Joseph with them,
and he waited on them; and they continued for some time in custody. 5One
night they both dreamed-the cupbearer and the baker of the king of
Egypt, who were confined in the prison-each his own dream, and each
dream with its own meaning. 6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he
saw that they were troubled. 7So he asked Pharaoh's officers, who were
with him in custody in his master's house, 'Why are your faces downcast
today?' 8They said to him, 'We have had dreams, and there is no one to
interpret them.' And Joseph said to them, 'Do not interpretations belong
to God? Please tell them to me.' 
9 So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, 'In
my dream there was a vine before me, 10and on the vine there were three
branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms came out and the clusters
ripened into grapes. 11Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the
grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in
Pharaoh's hand.' 12Then Joseph said to him, 'This is its interpretation:
the three branches are three days; 13within three days Pharaoh will lift
up your head and restore you to your office; and you shall place
Pharaoh's cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his
cupbearer. 14But remember me when it is well with you; please do me the
kindness to make mention of me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this
place. 15For in fact I was stolen out of the land of the Hebrews; and
here also I have done nothing that they should have put me into the
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favourable, he
said to Joseph, 'I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my
head, 17and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food
for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.'
18And Joseph answered, 'This is its interpretation: the three baskets
are three days; 19within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head-from
you!-and hang you on a pole; and the birds will eat the flesh from you.'

20 On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for
all his servants, and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the
head of the chief baker among his servants. 21He restored the chief
cupbearer to his cupbearing, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand;
22but the chief baker he hanged, just as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
1 Corinthians 3:16-23

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells
in you?* 17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that
person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple. 
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this
age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. 19For the
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
'He catches the wise in their craftiness', 
20and again,
'The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
   that they are futile.' 
21So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours,
22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the
present or the future-all belong to you, 23and you belong to Christ, and
Christ belongs to God.
Mark 2:13-22

Jesus* went out again beside the lake; the whole crowd gathered around
him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of
Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And
he got up and followed him. 
15 And as he sat at dinner* in Levi's* house, many tax-collectors and
sinners were also sitting* with Jesus and his disciples-for there were
many who followed him. 16When the scribes of* the Pharisees saw that he
was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples,
'Why does he eat* with tax-collectors and sinners?' 17When Jesus heard
this, he said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician,
but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but
The Question about Fasting18 Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were
fasting; and people* came and said to him, 'Why do John's disciples and
the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?'
19Jesus said to them, 'The wedding-guests cannot fast while the
bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom
with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is
taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. 
21 'No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise,
the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is
made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine
will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but
one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.'*
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 95, 40, 54

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
2Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
3For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
4In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
5The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

6O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
7For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
8   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
9when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
10For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, 'They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.' 
11Therefore in my anger I swore,
   'They shall not enter my rest.'

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry. 
2He drew me up from the desolate pit,*
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
   making my steps secure. 
3He put a new song in my mouth,
   a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
   and put their trust in the Lord. 

4Happy are those who make
   the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after false gods. 
5You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
   your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
   none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
   they would be more than can be counted. 

6Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
   but you have given me an open ear.*
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
   you have not required. 
7Then I said, 'Here I am;
   in the scroll of the book it is written of me.* 
8I delight to do your will, O my God;
   your law is within my heart.' 

9I have told the glad news of deliverance
   in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
   as you know, O Lord. 
10I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
   I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   from the great congregation. 

11Do not, O Lord, withhold
   your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   keep me safe for ever. 
12For evils have encompassed me
   without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
   until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
   and my heart fails me. 

13Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
   O Lord, make haste to help me. 
14Let all those be put to shame and confusion
   who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
   who desire my hurt. 
15Let those be appalled because of their shame
   who say to me, 'Aha, Aha!' 

16But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
   say continually, 'Great is the Lord!' 
17As for me, I am poor and needy,
   but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
   do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 54

Ziphites went and told Saul, 'David is in hiding among us.'
1Save me, O God, by your name,
   and vindicate me by your might. 
2Hear my prayer, O God;
   give ear to the words of my mouth. 

3For the insolent have risen against me,
   the ruthless seek my life;
   they do not set God before them.

4But surely, God is my helper;
   the Lord is the upholder of* my life. 
5He will repay my enemies for their evil.
   In your faithfulness, put an end to them. 

6With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you;
   I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 
7For he has delivered me from every trouble,
   and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 
2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin. 

3For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me. 
4Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
   and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
   and blameless when you pass judgement. 
5Indeed, I was born guilty,
   a sinner when my mother conceived me. 

6You desire truth in the inward being;*
   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 
7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
   let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 
9Hide your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my iniquities. 

10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right* spirit within me. 
11Do not cast me away from your presence,
   and do not take your holy spirit from me. 
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing* spirit. 

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you. 
14Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
   O God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 

15O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth will declare your praise. 
16For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 
17The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

18Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
   rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 
19then you will delight in right sacrifices,
   in burnt-offerings and whole burnt-offerings;
   then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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