Saturday 6 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 6 August 2022  

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Judges 9:22-25,50-57

Abimelech ruled over Israel for three years. But God sent an evil
spirit between Abimelech and the lords of Shechem; and the lords of
Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech. This happened so that the
violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be avenged* and
their blood be laid on their brother Abimelech, who killed them, and
on the lords of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his
brothers. So, out of hostility to him, the lords of Shechem set
ambushes on the mountain tops. They robbed all who passed by them
along that way; and it was reported to Abimelech.

 Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took
it. But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and
women and all the lords of the city fled to it and shut themselves in;
and they went to the roof of the tower. Abimelech came to the tower,
and fought against it, and came near to the entrance of the tower to
burn it with fire. But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on
Abimelech’s head, and crushed his skull. Immediately he called to
the young man who carried his armour and said to him, ‘Draw your
sword and kill me, so people will not say about me, “A woman killed
him.” ’ So the young man thrust him through, and he died. When the
Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went home. Thus God
repaid Abimelech for the crime he committed against his father in
killing his seventy brothers; and God also made all the wickedness of
the people of Shechem fall back on their heads, and on them came the
curse of Jotham son of Jerubbaal.
Acts 4:32-5:11

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul,
and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but
everything they owned was held in common. With great power the
apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among
them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the
proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and
it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a
native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas
(which means ‘son of encouragement’). He sold a field that
belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the
apostles’ feet.
But a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold a
piece of property; with his wife’s knowledge, he kept back some of
the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’
feet. ‘Ananias,’ Peter asked, ‘why has Satan filled your heart
to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the
land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after
it was sold, were not the proceeds at your disposal? How is it that
you have contrived this deed in your heart? You did not lie to us* but
to God!’ Now when Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died.
And great fear seized all who heard of it. The young men came and
wrapped up his body,* then carried him out and buried him.

 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing
what had happened. Peter said to her, ‘Tell me whether you and your
husband sold the land for such and such a price.’ And she said,
‘Yes, that was the price.’ Then Peter said to her, ‘How is it
that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the
test? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the
door, and they will carry you out.’ Immediately she fell down at his
feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, so they
carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear
seized the whole church and all who heard of these things.
John 2:13-25

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In
the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the
money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he
drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He
also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their
tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things
out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His
disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will
consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us
for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in
three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple
has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it
up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he
had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus
had spoken.

 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed
in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on
his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people
and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what
was in everyone.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 87, 90

Psalm 87

On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 
   the Lord loves the gates of Zion
   more than all the dwellings of Jacob. 
Glorious things are spoken of you,
   O city of God.

Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
   Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia*—
   ‘This one was born there,’ they say. 

And of Zion it shall be said,
   ‘This one and that one were born in it’;
   for the Most High himself will establish it. 
The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
   ‘This one was born there.’

Singers and dancers alike say,
   ‘All my springs are in you.’

Psalm 90

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place*
   in all generations. 
Before the mountains were brought forth,
   or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
   from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 

You turn us* back to dust,
   and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’ 
For a thousand years in your sight
   are like yesterday when it is past,
   or like a watch in the night. 

You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
   like grass that is renewed in the morning; 
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
   in the evening it fades and withers. 

For we are consumed by your anger;
   by your wrath we are overwhelmed. 
You have set our iniquities before you,
   our secret sins in the light of your countenance. 

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
   our years come to an end* like a sigh. 
The days of our life are seventy years,
   or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then their span* is only toil and trouble;
   they are soon gone, and we fly away. 

Who considers the power of your anger?
   Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due to you. 
So teach us to count our days
   that we may gain a wise heart. 

Turn, O Lord! How long?
   Have compassion on your servants! 
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
   so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
   and for as many years as we have seen evil. 
Let your work be manifest to your servants,
   and your glorious power to their children. 
Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us,
   and prosper for us the work of our hands—
   O prosper the work of our hands!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 136

Psalm 136

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
O give thanks to the God of gods,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 

who alone does great wonders,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who by understanding made the heavens,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who spread out the earth on the waters,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who made the great lights,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
the sun to rule over the day,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 

who struck Egypt through their firstborn,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
and brought Israel out from among them,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who divided the Red Sea* in two,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,*
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who led his people through the wilderness,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who struck down great kings,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
and killed famous kings,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
and Og, king of Bashan,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
and gave their land as a heritage,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
a heritage to his servant Israel,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 

It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
and rescued us from our foes,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever; 
who gives food to all flesh,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 

O give thanks to the God of heaven,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.

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