Tuesday 9 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Judges 13:1-15

The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and
the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years.

 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose
name was Manoah. His wife was barren, having borne no children. And
the angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her,
‘Although you are barren, having borne no children, you shall
conceive and bear a son. Now be careful not to drink wine or strong
drink, or to eat anything unclean, for you shall conceive and bear a
son. No razor is to come on his head, for the boy shall be a nazirite*
to God from birth. It is he who shall begin to deliver Israel from the
hand of the Philistines.’ Then the woman came and told her husband,
‘A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like that of an
angel* of God, most awe-inspiring; I did not ask him where he came
from, and he did not tell me his name; but he said to me, “You shall
conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and
eat nothing unclean, for the boy shall be a nazirite* to God from
birth to the day of his death.” ’

 Then Manoah entreated the Lord, and said, ‘O Lord, I pray, let the
man of God whom you sent come to us again and teach us what we are to
do concerning the boy who will be born.’ God listened to Manoah, and
the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field; but
her husband Manoah was not with her. So the woman ran quickly and told
her husband, ‘The man who came to me the other day has appeared to
me.’ Manoah got up and followed his wife, and came to the man and
said to him, ‘Are you the man who spoke to this woman?’ And he
said, ‘I am.’ Then Manoah said, ‘Now when your words come true,
what is to be the boy’s rule of life; what is he to do?’ The angel
of the Lord said to Manoah, ‘Let the woman give heed to all that I
said to her. She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine. She
is not to drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. She is
to observe everything that I commanded her.’

 Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, ‘Allow us to detain you, and
prepare a kid for you.’
Acts 5:27-42

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council.
The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders
not to teach in this name,* yet here you have filled Jerusalem with
your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on
us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather
than any human authority.* The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus,
whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his
right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to
Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things,
and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’

 When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But
a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law,
respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put
outside for a short time. Then he said to them, ‘Fellow-Israelites,*
consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time
ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men,
about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who
followed him were dispersed and disappeared. After him Judas the
Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow
him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in
the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them
alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it
will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow
them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!’

They were convinced by him, and when they had called in the apostles,
they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name
of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced
that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonour for the sake of
the name. And every day in the temple and at home* they did not cease
to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.*

John 3:22-36

After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside,
and he spent some time there with them and baptized. John also was
baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and
people kept coming and were being baptized— John, of course, had not
yet been thrown into prison.

 Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples
and a Jew.* They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who
was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is
baptizing, and all are going to him.’ John answered, ‘No one can
receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You
yourselves are my witnesses that I said, “I am not the Messiah,* but
I have been sent ahead of him.” He who has the bride is the
bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him,
rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy
has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.’*
 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the
earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one
who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen
and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his
testimony has certified* this, that God is true. He whom God has sent
speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The
Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever
believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will
not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 97, 99, 100

Psalm 97

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
   let the many coastlands be glad! 
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
Fire goes before him,
   and consumes his adversaries on every side. 
His lightnings light up the world;
   the earth sees and trembles. 
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
   before the Lord of all the earth. 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
   and all the peoples behold his glory. 
All worshippers of images are put to shame,
   those who make their boast in worthless idols;
   all gods bow down before him. 
Zion hears and is glad,
   and the towns* of Judah rejoice,
   because of your judgements, O God. 
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods. 

The Lord loves those who hate* evil;
   he guards the lives of his faithful;
   he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 
Light dawns* for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart. 
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 99

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
   He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 
The Lord is great in Zion;
   he is exalted over all the peoples. 
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
   Holy is he! 
Mighty King,* lover of justice,
   you have established equity;
you have executed justice
   and righteousness in Jacob. 
Extol the Lord our God;
   worship at his footstool.
   Holy is he! 

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
   They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. 
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
   they kept his decrees,
   and the statutes that he gave them. 

O Lord our God, you answered them;
   you were a forgiving God to them,
   but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 
Extol the Lord our God,
   and worship at his holy mountain;
   for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 
   Worship the Lord with gladness;
   come into his presence with singing. 

Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;*
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name. 

For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 94, 95

Psalm 94

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
   you God of vengeance, shine forth! 
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
   give to the proud what they deserve! 
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
   how long shall the wicked exult? 

They pour out their arrogant words;
   all the evildoers boast. 
They crush your people, O Lord,
   and afflict your heritage. 
They kill the widow and the stranger,
   they murder the orphan, 
and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
   the God of Jacob does not perceive.’ 

Understand, O dullest of the people;
   fools, when will you be wise? 
He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see? 
He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
   does he not chastise? 
The Lord knows our thoughts,*
   that they are but an empty breath. 

Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
   and whom you teach out of your law, 
giving them respite from days of trouble,
   until a pit is dug for the wicked. 
For the Lord will not forsake his people;
   he will not abandon his heritage; 
for justice will return to the righteous,
   and all the upright in heart will follow it. 

Who rises up for me against the wicked?
   Who stands up for me against evildoers? 
If the Lord had not been my help,
   my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 
When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
   your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. 
When the cares of my heart are many,
   your consolations cheer my soul. 
Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
   those who contrive mischief by statute? 
They band together against the life of the righteous,
   and condemn the innocent to death. 
But the Lord has become my stronghold,
   and my God the rock of my refuge. 
He will repay them for their iniquity
   and wipe them out for their wickedness;
   the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’ 
Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

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