Wednesday 7 October 2009 DAILY LECTIONARY

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 Wednesday 7 October 2009
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2 Kings 22:14-23:3
So the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; she resided in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter, where they consulted her. She declared to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you to me, Thus says the Lord, I will indeed bring disaster on this place and on its inhabitants—all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read. Because they have abandoned me and have made offerings to other gods, so that they have provoked me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched. But as to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the Lord. Therefore, I will gather you to your ancestors, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring on this place.’ They took the message back to the king.
Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, keeping his commandments, his decrees, and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the people joined in the covenant.
1 Corinthians 11:23-34
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for* you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be answerable for the body and blood of the Lord. Examine yourselves, and only then eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For all who eat and drink* without discerning the body,* eat and drink judgement against themselves. For this reason many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.* But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined* so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
 So then, my brothers and sisters,* when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If you are hungry, eat at home, so that when you come together, it will not be for your condemnation. About the other things I will give instructions when I come.
Matthew 9:9-17
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.
 And as he sat at dinner* in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting* with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’
 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,* but your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 119:145-176
Psalm 119:145-176
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord.
   I will keep your statutes.
I cry to you; save me,
   that I may observe your decrees.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
   I put my hope in your words.
My eyes are awake before each watch of the night,
   that I may meditate on your promise.
In your steadfast love hear my voice;
   O Lord, in your justice preserve my life.
Those who persecute me with evil purpose draw near;
   they are far from your law.
Yet you are near, O Lord,
   and all your commandments are true.
Long ago I learned from your decrees
   that you have established them for ever.
Look on my misery and rescue me,
   for I do not forget your law.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
   give me life according to your promise.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
   for they do not seek your statutes.
Great is your mercy, O Lord;
   give me life according to your justice.
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
   yet I do not swerve from your decrees.
I look at the faithless with disgust,
   because they do not keep your commands.
Consider how I love your precepts;
   preserve my life according to your steadfast love.
The sum of your word is truth;
   and every one of your righteous ordinances endures for ever.
Princes persecute me without cause,
   but my heart stands in awe of your words.
I rejoice at your word
   like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood,
   but I love your law.
Seven times a day I praise you
   for your righteous ordinances.
Great peace have those who love your law;
   nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
   and I fulfil your commandments.
My soul keeps your decrees;
   I love them exceedingly.
I keep your precepts and decrees,
   for all my ways are before you.
Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
   give me understanding according to your word.
Let my supplication come before you;
   deliver me according to your promise.
My lips will pour forth praise,
   because you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your promise,
   for all your commandments are right.
Let your hand be ready to help me,
   for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
   and your law is my delight.
Let me live that I may praise you,
   and let your ordinances help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,
   for I do not forget your commandments.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 128, 129, 130
Psalm 128
Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
   who walks in his ways.
You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands;
   you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
   within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
   around your table.
Thus shall the man be blessed
   who fears the Lord.
The Lord bless you from Zion.
   May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life.
May you see your children’s children.
   Peace be upon Israel!
Psalm 129
‘Often have they attacked me from my youth’
   —let Israel now say—
‘often have they attacked me from my youth,
   yet they have not prevailed against me.
Those who plough ploughed on my back;
   they made their furrows long.’
The Lord is righteous;
   he has cut the cords of the wicked.
May all who hate Zion
   be put to shame and turned back.
Let them be like the grass on the housetops
   that withers before it grows up,
with which reapers do not fill their hands
   or binders of sheaves their arms,
while those who pass by do not say,
   ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
   We bless you in the name of the Lord!’
Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.
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