Wednesday 10 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 10 August 2022  

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Judges 13:15-24

Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, ‘Allow us to detain you, and
prepare a kid for you.’ The angel of the Lord said to Manoah, ‘If
you detain me, I will not eat your food; but if you want to prepare a
burnt-offering, then offer it to the Lord.’ (For Manoah did not know
that he was the angel of the Lord.) Then Manoah said to the angel of
the Lord, ‘What is your name, so that we may honour you when your
words come true?’ But the angel of the Lord said to him, ‘Why do
you ask my name? It is too wonderful.’

 So Manoah took the kid with the grain-offering, and offered it on
the rock to the Lord, to him who works* wonders.* When the flame went
up towards heaven from the altar, the angel of the Lord ascended in
the flame of the altar while Manoah and his wife looked on; and they
fell on their faces to the ground. The angel of the Lord did not
appear again to Manoah and his wife. Then Manoah realized that it was
the angel of the Lord. And Manoah said to his wife, ‘We shall surely
die, for we have seen God.’ But his wife said to him, ‘If the Lord
had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt-offering and
a grain-offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now
announced to us such things as these.’

 The woman bore a son, and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the
Lord blessed him.
Acts 6:1-15

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number,
the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows
were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve
called together the whole community of the disciples and said, ‘It
is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait
at tables.* Therefore, friends,* select from among yourselves seven
men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may
appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to
prayer and to serving the word.’ What they said pleased the whole
community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy
Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and
Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the
apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

 The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples
increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became
obedient to the faith.
 Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among
the people. Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the
Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of
those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. But
they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit* with which he
spoke. Then they secretly instigated some men to say, ‘We have heard
him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.’ They stirred up
the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly
confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council. They
set up false witnesses who said, ‘This man never stops saying things
against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that
this Jesus of Nazareth* will destroy this place and will change the
customs that Moses handed on to us.’ And all who sat in the council
looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face
of an angel.
John 4:1-26

Now when Jesus* learned that the Pharisees had heard, ‘Jesus is
making and baptizing more disciples than John’— although it was
not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— he left Judea and
started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came
to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob
had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus,
tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give
me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The
Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink
of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with
Samaritans.)* Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and
who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have
asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said
to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you
get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who
gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’
Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be
thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them
will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them
a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to
him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or
have to keep coming here to draw water.’

 Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The
woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You
are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five
husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have
said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a
prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you* say that
the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to
her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship
the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what
you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the
Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true
worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the
Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those
who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to
him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ).
‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to
her, ‘I am he,* the one who is speaking to you.’

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 101, 109

Psalm 101

I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
   to you, O Lord, I will sing. 
I will study the way that is blameless.
   When shall I attain it? 

I will walk with integrity of heart
   within my house; 
I will not set before my eyes
   anything that is base. 

I hate the work of those who fall away;
   it shall not cling to me. 
Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
   I will know nothing of evil. 

One who secretly slanders a neighbour
   I will destroy.
A haughty look and an arrogant heart
   I will not tolerate. 

I will look with favour on the faithful in the land,
   so that they may live with me;
whoever walks in the way that is blameless
   shall minister to me. 

No one who practises deceit
   shall remain in my house;
no one who utters lies
   shall continue in my presence. 

Morning by morning I will destroy
   all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all evildoers
   from the city of the Lord.

Psalm 109

Do not be silent, O God of my praise. 
For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
   speaking against me with lying tongues. 
They beset me with words of hate,
   and attack me without cause. 
In return for my love they accuse me,
   even while I make prayer for them.* 
So they reward me evil for good,
   and hatred for my love. 

They say,* ‘Appoint a wicked man against him;
   let an accuser stand on his right. 
When he is tried, let him be found guilty;
   let his prayer be counted as sin. 
May his days be few;
   may another seize his position. 
May his children be orphans,
   and his wife a widow. 
May his children wander about and beg;
   may they be driven out of* the ruins they inhabit. 
May the creditor seize all that he has;
   may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil. 
May there be no one to do him a kindness,
   nor anyone to pity his orphaned children. 
May his posterity be cut off;
   may his name be blotted out in the second generation. 
May the iniquity of his father* be remembered before the Lord,
   and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out. 
Let them be before the Lord continually,
   and may his* memory be cut off from the earth. 
For he did not remember to show kindness,
   but pursued the poor and needy
   and the broken-hearted to their death. 
He loved to curse; let curses come on him.
   He did not like blessing; may it be far from him. 
He clothed himself with cursing as his coat,
   may it soak into his body like water,
   like oil into his bones. 
May it be like a garment that he wraps around himself,
   like a belt that he wears every day.’ 

May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
   of those who speak evil against my life. 
But you, O Lord my Lord,
   act on my behalf for your name’s sake;
   because your steadfast love is good, deliver me. 
For I am poor and needy,
   and my heart is pierced within me. 
I am gone like a shadow at evening;
   I am shaken off like a locust. 
My knees are weak through fasting;
   my body has become gaunt. 
I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
   when they see me, they shake their heads. 

Help me, O Lord my God!
   Save me according to your steadfast love. 
Let them know that this is your hand;
   you, O Lord, have done it. 
Let them curse, but you will bless.
   Let my assailants be put to shame;* may your servant be glad. 
May my accusers be clothed with dishonour;
   may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle. 
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
   I will praise him in the midst of the throng. 
For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
   to save them from those who would condemn them to death.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 119:121-144

Psalm 119:121-144

I have done what is just and right;
   do not leave me to my oppressors. 
Guarantee your servant’s well-being;
   do not let the godless oppress me. 
My eyes fail from watching for your salvation,
   and for the fulfilment of your righteous promise. 
Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
   and teach me your statutes. 
I am your servant; give me understanding,
   so that I may know your decrees. 
It is time for the Lord to act,
   for your law has been broken. 
Truly I love your commandments
   more than gold, more than fine gold. 
Truly I direct my steps by all your precepts;*
   I hate every false way. 

Your decrees are wonderful;
   therefore my soul keeps them. 
The unfolding of your words gives light;
   it imparts understanding to the simple. 
With open mouth I pant,
   because I long for your commandments. 
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   as is your custom towards those who love your name. 
Keep my steps steady according to your promise,
   and never let iniquity have dominion over me. 
Redeem me from human oppression,
   that I may keep your precepts. 
Make your face shine upon your servant,
   and teach me your statutes. 
My eyes shed streams of tears
   because your law is not kept. 

You are righteous, O Lord,
   and your judgements are right. 
You have appointed your decrees in righteousness
   and in all faithfulness. 
My zeal consumes me
   because my foes forget your words. 
Your promise is well tried,
   and your servant loves it. 
I am small and despised,
   yet I do not forget your precepts. 
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
   and your law is the truth. 
Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
   but your commandments are my delight. 
Your decrees are righteous for ever;
   give me understanding that I may live.

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