Friday 3 December 2021 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 3 December 2021 

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Amos 5:1-17

Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of
Fallen, no more to rise,
   is maiden Israel;
forsaken on her land,
   with no one to raise her up. 

For thus says the Lord God:
The city that marched out a thousand
   shall have a hundred left,
and that which marched out a hundred
   shall have ten left.* 

For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
Seek me and live; 
   but do not seek Bethel,
and do not enter into Gilgal
   or cross over to Beer-sheba;
for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,
   and Bethel shall come to nothing. 

Seek the Lord and live,
   or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire,
   and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. 
Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
   and bring righteousness to the ground! 

The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,
   and turns deep darkness into the morning,
   and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea,
   and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the Lord is his name, 
who makes destruction flash out against the strong,
   so that destruction comes upon the fortress. 

They hate the one who reproves in the gate,
   and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. 
Therefore, because you trample on the poor
   and take from them levies of grain,
you have built houses of hewn stone,
   but you shall not live in them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
   but you shall not drink their wine. 
For I know how many are your transgressions,
   and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe,
   and push aside the needy in the gate. 
Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
   for it is an evil time. 

Seek good and not evil,
   that you may live;
and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you,
   just as you have said. 
Hate evil and love good,
   and establish justice in the gate;
it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts,
   will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. 

Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord:
In all the squares there shall be wailing;
   and in all the streets they shall say, ‘Alas! alas!’
They shall call the farmers to mourning,
   and those skilled in lamentation, to wailing; 
in all the vineyards there shall be wailing,
   for I will pass through the midst of you,

says the Lord.
Jude 1-16

Jude,* a servant* of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, who are beloved* in* God the Father and kept
safe for* Jesus Christ:

 May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
 Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you about the salvation
we share, I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend
for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For
certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were
designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of
our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus
 Now I desire to remind you, though you are fully informed, that the
Lord, who once for all saved* a people out of the land of Egypt,
afterwards destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did
not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, he has
kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgement of the
great day. Likewise, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities,
which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and
pursued unnatural lust,* serve as an example by undergoing a
punishment of eternal fire.

 Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject
authority, and slander the glorious ones.* But when the archangel
Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses,
he did not dare to bring a condemnation of slander* against him, but
said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ But these people slander whatever
they do not understand, and they are destroyed by those things that,
like irrational animals, they know by instinct. Woe to them! For they
go the way of Cain, and abandon themselves to Balaam’s error for the
sake of gain, and perish in Korah’s rebellion. These are blemishes*
on your love-feasts, while they feast with you without fear, feeding
themselves.* They are waterless clouds carried along by the winds;
autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the
sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom
the deepest darkness has been reserved for ever.

 It was also about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from
Adam, prophesied, saying, ‘See, the Lord is coming* with tens of
thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgement on all, and to
convict everyone of all the deeds of ungodliness that they have
committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that
ungodly sinners have spoken against him.’ These are grumblers and
malcontents; they indulge their own lusts; they are bombastic in
speech, flattering people to their own advantage.
Matthew 22:1-14

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of
heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his
son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the
wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves,
saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my
dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and
everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made
light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,
while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers,
and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is
ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main
streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those
slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found,
both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man
there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him,
“Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he
was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand
and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are
Morning Psalms: Psalm 16, 17

Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’*

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
   in whom is all my delight. 

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;*
   their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or take their names upon my lips. 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot. 
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage. 

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me. 
I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure. 
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit. 

You show me the path of life.
   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
>From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right. 

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress. 
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent. 
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped. 

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words. 
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand. 

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings, 
from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me. 
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 
They track me down;* now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush. 

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones. 

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 22

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest. 

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel. 
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them. 
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people. 
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God. 
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion. 

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;* 
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots. 

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid! 
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life* from the power of the dog! 
   Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me. 
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him. 

>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.* 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.* 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

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