Sunday 14 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 14 August 2022 

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Judges 16:15-31

Then she said to him, ‘How can you say, “I love you”, when your
heart is not with me? You have mocked me three times now and have not
told me what makes your strength so great.’ Finally, after she had
nagged him with her words day after day, and pestered him, he was
tired to death. So he told her his whole secret, and said to her, ‘A
razor has never come upon my head; for I have been a nazirite* to God
from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, then my strength
would leave me; I would become weak, and be like anyone else.’

 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she
sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, ‘This time
come up, for he has told his whole secret to me.’ Then the lords of
the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hands.
She let him fall asleep on her lap; and she called a man, and had him
shave off the seven locks of his head. He began to weaken,* and his
strength left him. Then she said, ‘The Philistines are upon you,
Samson!’ When he awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘I will go out
as at other times, and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that
the Lord had left him. So the Philistines seized him and gouged out
his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze
shackles; and he ground at the mill in the prison. But the hair of his
head began to grow again after it had been shaved.
 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice
to their god Dagon, and to rejoice; for they said, ‘Our god has
given Samson our enemy into our hand.’ When the people saw him, they
praised their god; for they said, ‘Our god has given our enemy into
our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us.’
And when their hearts were merry, they said, ‘Call Samson, and let
him entertain us.’ So they called Samson out of the prison, and he
performed for them. They made him stand between the pillars; and
Samson said to the attendant who held him by the hand, ‘Let me feel
the pillars on which the house rests, so that I may lean against
them.’ Now the house was full of men and women; all the lords of the
Philistines were there, and on the roof there were about three
thousand men and women, who looked on while Samson performed.

 Then Samson called to the Lord and said, ‘Lord God, remember me
and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one act of
revenge I may pay back the Philistines for my two eyes.’* And Samson
grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he
leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left
hand on the other. Then Samson said, ‘Let me die with the
Philistines.’ He strained with all his might; and the house fell on
the lords and all the people who were in it. So those he killed at his
death were more than those he had killed during his life. Then his
brothers and all his family came down and took him and brought him up
and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father
Manoah. He had judged Israel for twenty years.
2 Corinthians 13:1-11

This is the third time I am coming to you. ‘Any charge must be
sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses.’ I warned those
who sinned previously and all the others, and I warn them now while
absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come
again, I will not be lenient— since you desire proof that Christ is
speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in
you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God.
For we are weak in him,* but in dealing with you we will live with him
by the power of God.

 Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test
yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless,
indeed, you fail to pass the test! I hope you will find out that we
have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything
wrong—not that we may appear to have passed the test, but that you
may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot
do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice
when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that
you may become perfect. So I write these things while I am away from
you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the
authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for
tearing down.
 Finally, brothers and sisters,* farewell.* Put things in order,
listen to my appeal,* agree with one another, live in peace; and the
God of love and peace will be with you.
Mark 5:25-34

Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for
twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had
spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and
touched his cloak, for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will
be made well.’ Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in
her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that
power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and
said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ And his disciples said to him,
‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who
touched me?” ’ He looked all round to see who had done it. But the
woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling,
fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her,
‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed
of your disease.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 118

Psalm 118

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever! 

Let Israel say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let the house of Aaron say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Let those who fear the Lord say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
   the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 
With the Lord on my side I do not fear.
   What can mortals do to me? 
The Lord is on my side to help me;
   I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
   than to put confidence in mortals. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
   than to put confidence in princes. 

All nations surrounded me;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
They surrounded me like bees;
   they blazed* like a fire of thorns;
   in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 
I was pushed hard,* so that I was falling,
   but the Lord helped me. 
The Lord is my strength and my might;
   he has become my salvation. 

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
‘The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 
   the right hand of the Lord is exalted;
   the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.’ 
I shall not die, but I shall live,
   and recount the deeds of the Lord. 
The Lord has punished me severely,
   but he did not give me over to death. 

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
   that I may enter through them
   and give thanks to the Lord. 

This is the gate of the Lord;
   the righteous shall enter through it. 

I thank you that you have answered me
   and have become my salvation. 
The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the chief cornerstone. 
This is the Lord’s doing;
   it is marvellous in our eyes. 
This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it.* 
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
   O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.*
   We bless you from the house of the Lord. 
The Lord is God,
   and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
   up to the horns of the altar.* 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
   you are my God, I will extol you. 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 145

Psalm 145

I will extol you, my God and King,
   and bless your name for ever and ever. 
Every day I will bless you,
   and praise your name for ever and ever. 
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
   his greatness is unsearchable. 

One generation shall laud your works to another,
   and shall declare your mighty acts. 
On the glorious splendour of your majesty,
   and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
   and I will declare your greatness. 
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
   and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
The Lord is good to all,
   and his compassion is over all that he has made. 

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
   and all your faithful shall bless you. 
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
   and tell of your power, 
to make known to all people your* mighty deeds,
   and the glorious splendour of your* kingdom. 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
   and your dominion endures throughout all generations. 

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
   and gracious in all his deeds.* 
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
   and raises up all who are bowed down. 
The eyes of all look to you,
   and you give them their food in due season. 
You open your hand,
   satisfying the desire of every living thing. 
The Lord is just in all his ways,
   and kind in all his doings. 
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
   to all who call on him in truth. 
He fulfils the desire of all who fear him;
   he also hears their cry, and saves them. 
The Lord watches over all who love him,
   but all the wicked he will destroy. 

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
   and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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