Wednesday 1 September 2021 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 1 September 2021

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1 Kings 9:24-10:13

But Pharaoh’s daughter went up from the city of David to her own
house that Solomon had built for her; then he built the Millo.

 Three times a year Solomon used to offer up burnt-offerings and
sacrifices of well-being on the altar that he built for the Lord,
offering incense* before the Lord. So he completed the house.
 King Solomon built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, which is near
Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea,* in the land of Edom. Hiram sent
his servants with the fleet, sailors who were familiar with the sea,
together with the servants of Solomon. They went to Ophir, and
imported from there four hundred and twenty talents of gold, which
they delivered to King Solomon.
When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, (fame due to*
the name of the Lord), she came to test him with hard questions. She
came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing
spices, and very much gold, and precious stones; and when she came to
Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. Solomon answered all
her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could
not explain to her. When the queen of Sheba had observed all the
wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table,
the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants,
their clothing, his valets, and his burnt-offerings that he offered at
the house of the Lord, there was no more spirit in her.

 So she said to the king, ‘The report was true that I heard in my
own land of your accomplishments and of your wisdom, but I did not
believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. Not even
half had been told me; your wisdom and prosperity far surpass the
report that I had heard. Happy are your wives!* Happy are these your
servants, who continually attend you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be
the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne
of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel for ever, he has made you
king to execute justice and righteousness.’ Then she gave the king
one hundred and twenty talents of gold, a great quantity of spices,
and precious stones; never again did spices come in such quantity as
that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

 Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which carried gold from Ophir, brought
from Ophir a great quantity of almug wood and precious stones. From
the almug wood the king made supports for the house of the Lord, and
for the king’s house, lyres also and harps for the singers; no such
almug wood has come or been seen to this day.

 Meanwhile, King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba every desire that
she expressed, as well as what he gave her out of Solomon’s royal
bounty. Then she returned to her own land, with her servants.
James 3:1-12

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters,* for
you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For
all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking
is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we
put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide
their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it
takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small
rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a
small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.

How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a
fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity;
it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature,* and is
itself set on fire by hell.* For every species of beast and bird, of
reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human
species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of
deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we
curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth
come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters,* this ought not to
be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and
brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters,* yield
olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Mark 15:1-11
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with
the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led
him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you
the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ Then the
chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again,
‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’
But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
 Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone
for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the
rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd
came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom.
Then he answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King
of the Jews?’ For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the
chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up
the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 38

Psalm 38

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
   or discipline me in your wrath. 
For your arrows have sunk into me,
   and your hand has come down on me. 

There is no soundness in my flesh
   because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
   because of my sin. 
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
   they weigh like a burden too heavy for me. 

My wounds grow foul and fester
   because of my foolishness; 
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
   all day long I go around mourning. 
For my loins are filled with burning,
   and there is no soundness in my flesh. 
I am utterly spent and crushed;
   I groan because of the tumult of my heart. 

O Lord, all my longing is known to you;
   my sighing is not hidden from you. 
My heart throbs, my strength fails me;
   as for the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me. 
My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction,
   and my neighbours stand far off. 

Those who seek my life lay their snares;
   those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin,
   and meditate treachery all day long. 

But I am like the deaf, I do not hear;
   like the mute, who cannot speak. 
Truly, I am like one who does not hear,
   and in whose mouth is no retort. 

But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;
   it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. 
For I pray, ‘Only do not let them rejoice over me,
   those who boast against me when my foot slips.’ 

For I am ready to fall,
   and my pain is ever with me. 
I confess my iniquity;
   I am sorry for my sin. 
Those who are my foes without cause* are mighty,
   and many are those who hate me wrongfully. 
Those who render me evil for good
   are my adversaries because I follow after good. 

Do not forsake me, O Lord;
   O my God, do not be far from me; 
make haste to help me,
   O Lord, my salvation.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 119:25-48

Psalm 119:25-48

My soul clings to the dust;
   revive me according to your word. 
When I told of my ways, you answered me;
   teach me your statutes. 
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
   and I will meditate on your wondrous works. 
My soul melts away for sorrow;
   strengthen me according to your word. 
Put false ways far from me;
   and graciously teach me your law. 
I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
   I set your ordinances before me. 
I cling to your decrees, O Lord;
   let me not be put to shame. 
I run the way of your commandments,
   for you enlarge my understanding. 

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
   and I will observe it to the end. 
Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
   and observe it with my whole heart. 
Lead me in the path of your commandments,
   for I delight in it. 
Turn my heart to your decrees,
   and not to selfish gain. 
Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
   give me life in your ways. 
Confirm to your servant your promise,
   which is for those who fear you. 
Turn away the disgrace that I dread,
   for your ordinances are good. 
See, I have longed for your precepts;
   in your righteousness give me life. 

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
   your salvation according to your promise. 
Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me,
   for I trust in your word. 
Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
   for my hope is in your ordinances. 
I will keep your law continually,
   for ever and ever. 
I shall walk at liberty,
   for I have sought your precepts. 
I will also speak of your decrees before kings,
   and shall not be put to shame; 
I find my delight in your commandments,
   because I love them. 
I revere your commandments, which I love,
   and I will meditate on your statutes.

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