Monday 8 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Judges 12:1-7

The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and
said to Jephthah, ‘Why did you cross over to fight against the
Ammonites, and did not call us to go with you? We will burn your house
down over you!’ Jephthah said to them, ‘My people and I were
engaged in conflict with the Ammonites who oppressed us* severely. But
when I called you, you did not deliver me from their hand. When I saw
that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hand, and crossed
over against the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into my hand. Why
then have you come up to me this day, to fight against me?’ Then
Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought with Ephraim; and
the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim, because they said, ‘You are
fugitives from Ephraim, you Gileadites—in the heart of Ephraim and
Manasseh.’* Then the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against
the Ephraimites. Whenever one of the fugitives of Ephraim said, ‘Let
me go over’, the men of Gilead would say to him, ‘Are you an
Ephraimite?’ When he said, ‘No’, they said to him, ‘Then say
Shibboleth’, and he said, ‘Sibboleth’, for he could not
pronounce it right. Then they seized him and killed him at the fords
of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand of the Ephraimites fell at that

 Jephthah judged Israel for six years. Then Jephthah the Gileadite
died, and was buried in his town in Gilead.*
Acts 5:12-26

Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the
apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of
the rest dared to join them, but the people held them in high esteem.
Yet more than ever believers were added to the Lord, great numbers of
both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the
streets, and laid them on cots and mats, in order that Peter’s
shadow might fall on some of them as he came by. A great number of
people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the
sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.
 Then the high priest took action; he and all who were with him (that
is, the sect of the Sadducees), being filled with jealousy, arrested
the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night
an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors, brought them out, and
said, ‘Go, stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message
about this life.’ When they heard this, they entered the temple at
daybreak and went on with their teaching.

When the high priest and those with him arrived, they called together
the council and the whole body of the elders of Israel, and sent to
the prison to have them brought. But when the temple police went
there, they did not find them in the prison; so they returned and
reported, ‘We found the prison securely locked and the guards
standing at the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one
inside.’ Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests
heard these words, they were perplexed about them, wondering what
might be going on. Then someone arrived and announced, ‘Look, the
men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the
people!’ Then the captain went with the temple police and brought
them, but without violence, for they were afraid of being stoned by
the people.
John 3:1-21

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He
came to Jesus* by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you
are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs
that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him,
‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without
being born from above.’* Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be
born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the
mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell
you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water
and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of
the Spirit is spirit.* Do not be astonished that I said to you,
“You* must be born from above.”* The wind* blows where it chooses,
and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from
or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’
Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered
him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand
these things?

 ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to
what we have seen; yet you* do not receive our testimony. If I have
told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you
believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into
heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.* And
just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son
of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal

 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the
world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those
who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are
condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the
only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come
into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because
their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not
come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those
who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen
that their deeds have been done in God.’*
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 89:1-18

Psalm 89:1-18

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,* for ever;
   with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all
I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
   your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. 

You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to my servant David: 
“I will establish your descendants for ever,
   and build your throne for all generations.” ’

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. 
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
   Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, 
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and awesome* above all that are around him? 
O Lord God of hosts,
   who is as mighty as you, O Lord?
   Your faithfulness surrounds you. 
You rule the raging of the sea;
   when its waves rise, you still them. 
You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
   you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. 
The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
   the world and all that is in it—you have founded them. 
The north and the south*—you created them;
   Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. 
You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand, high your right hand. 
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. 
Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
   who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance; 
they exult in your name all day long,
   and extol* your righteousness. 
For you are the glory of their strength;
   by your favour our horn is exalted. 
For our shield belongs to the Lord,
   our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 89:19-52

Psalm 89:19-52

Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
   ‘I have set the crown* on one who is mighty,
   I have exalted one chosen from the people. 
I have found my servant David;
   with my holy oil I have anointed him; 
my hand shall always remain with him;
   my arm also shall strengthen him. 
The enemy shall not outwit him,
   the wicked shall not humble him. 
I will crush his foes before him
   and strike down those who hate him. 
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
   and in my name his horn shall be exalted. 
I will set his hand on the sea
   and his right hand on the rivers. 
He shall cry to me, “You are my Father,
   my God, and the Rock of my salvation!” 
I will make him the firstborn,
   the highest of the kings of the earth. 
For-ever I will keep my steadfast love for him,
   and my covenant with him will stand firm. 
I will establish his line for ever,
   and his throne as long as the heavens endure. 
If his children forsake my law
   and do not walk according to my ordinances, 
if they violate my statutes
   and do not keep my commandments, 
then I will punish their transgression with the rod
   and their iniquity with scourges; 
but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
   or be false to my faithfulness. 
I will not violate my covenant,
   or alter the word that went forth from my lips. 
Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness;
   I will not lie to David. 
His line shall continue for ever,
   and his throne endure before me like the sun. 
It shall be established for ever like the moon,
   an enduring witness in the skies.’

But now you have spurned and rejected him;
   you are full of wrath against your anointed. 
You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
   you have defiled his crown in the dust. 
You have broken through all his walls;
   you have laid his strongholds in ruins. 
All who pass by plunder him;
   he has become the scorn of his neighbours. 
You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
   you have made all his enemies rejoice. 
Moreover, you have turned back the edge of his sword,
   and you have not supported him in battle. 
You have removed the sceptre from his hand,*
   and hurled his throne to the ground. 
You have cut short the days of his youth;
   you have covered him with shame.

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?
   How long will your wrath burn like fire? 
Remember how short my time is—*
   for what vanity you have created all mortals! 
Who can live and never see death?
   Who can escape the power of Sheol?

Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
   which by your faithfulness you swore to David? 
Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted;
   how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,* 
with which your enemies taunt, O Lord,
   with which they taunted the footsteps of your anointed. 

Blessed be the Lord for ever.Amen and Amen.

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