Wednesday 17 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 17 August 2022  

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Judges 18:16-31

While the six hundred men of the Danites, armed with their weapons of
war, stood by the entrance of the gate, the five men who had gone to
spy out the land proceeded to enter and take the idol of cast metal,
the ephod, and the teraphim.* The priest was standing by the entrance
of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war. When
the men went into Micah’s house and took the idol of cast metal, the
ephod, and the teraphim, the priest said to them, ‘What are you
doing?’ They said to him, ‘Keep quiet! Put your hand over your
mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it
better for you to be priest to the house of one person, or to be
priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?’ Then the priest accepted the
offer. He took the ephod, the teraphim, and the idol, and went along
with the people.

 So they resumed their journey, putting the little ones, the
livestock, and the goods in front of them. When they were some
distance from the home of Micah, the men who were in the houses near
Micah’s house were called out, and they overtook the Danites. They
shouted to the Danites, who turned around and said to Micah, ‘What
is the matter that you come with such a company?’ He replied, ‘You
take my gods that I made, and the priest, and go away, and what have I
left? How then can you ask me, “What is the matter?” ’ And the
Danites said to him, ‘You had better not let your voice be heard
among us or else hot-tempered fellows will attack you, and you will
lose your life and the lives of your household.’ Then the Danites
went on their way. When Micah saw that they were too strong for him,
he turned and went back to his home.
 The Danites, having taken what Micah had made, and the priest who
belonged to him, came to Laish, to a people quiet and unsuspecting,
put them to the sword, and burned down the city. There was no
deliverer, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with
Aram.* It was in the valley that belongs to Beth-rehob. They rebuilt
the city, and lived in it. They named the city Dan, after their
ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel; but the name of the city was
formerly Laish. Then the Danites set up the idol for themselves.
Jonathan son of Gershom, son of Moses,* and his sons were priests to
the tribe of the Danites until the time the land went into captivity.
So they maintained as their own Micah’s idol that he had made, as
long as the house of God was at Shiloh.
Acts 8:14-25

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the
word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and
prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet
the Spirit had not come* upon any of them; they had only been baptized
in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John* laid their hands
on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that
the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands,
he offered them money, saying, ‘Give me also this power so that
anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’ But
Peter said to him, ‘May your silver perish with you, because you
thought you could obtain God’s gift with money! You have no part or
share in this, for your heart is not right before God. Repent
therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if
possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that
you are in the gall of bitterness and the chains of wickedness.’
Simon answered, ‘Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you*
have said may happen to me.’

 Now after Peter and John* had testified and spoken the word of the
Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news to many
villages of the Samaritans.
John 6:1-15

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also
called the Sea of Tiberias.*  A large crowd kept following him,
because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went
up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the
Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and
saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where
are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test
him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him,
‘Six months’ wages* would not buy enough bread for each of them to
get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s
brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley
loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ Jesus
said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of
grass in the place; so they* sat down, about five thousand in all.
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he
distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much
as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples,
‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’
So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley
loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When
the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This
is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by
force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 119:145-176

Psalm 119:145-176

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord.
   I will keep your statutes. 
I cry to you; save me,
   that I may observe your decrees. 
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
   I put my hope in your words. 
My eyes are awake before each watch of the night,
   that I may meditate on your promise. 
In your steadfast love hear my voice;
   O Lord, in your justice preserve my life. 
Those who persecute me with evil purpose draw near;
   they are far from your law. 
Yet you are near, O Lord,
   and all your commandments are true. 
Long ago I learned from your decrees
   that you have established them for ever. 

Look on my misery and rescue me,
   for I do not forget your law. 
Plead my cause and redeem me;
   give me life according to your promise. 
Salvation is far from the wicked,
   for they do not seek your statutes. 
Great is your mercy, O Lord;
   give me life according to your justice. 
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
   yet I do not swerve from your decrees. 
I look at the faithless with disgust,
   because they do not keep your commands. 
Consider how I love your precepts;
   preserve my life according to your steadfast love. 
The sum of your word is truth;
   and every one of your righteous ordinances endures for ever. 

Princes persecute me without cause,
   but my heart stands in awe of your words. 
I rejoice at your word
   like one who finds great spoil. 
I hate and abhor falsehood,
   but I love your law. 
Seven times a day I praise you
   for your righteous ordinances. 
Great peace have those who love your law;
   nothing can make them stumble. 
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
   and I fulfil your commandments. 
My soul keeps your decrees;
   I love them exceedingly. 
I keep your precepts and decrees,
   for all my ways are before you. 

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
   give me understanding according to your word. 
Let my supplication come before you;
   deliver me according to your promise. 
My lips will pour forth praise,
   because you teach me your statutes. 
My tongue will sing of your promise,
   for all your commandments are right. 
Let your hand be ready to help me,
   for I have chosen your precepts. 
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
   and your law is my delight. 
Let me live that I may praise you,
   and let your ordinances help me. 
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,
   for I do not forget your commandments.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 128, 129, 130

Psalm 128

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
   who walks in his ways. 
You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands;
   you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
   within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
   around your table. 
Thus shall the man be blessed
   who fears the Lord. 

The Lord bless you from Zion.
   May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life. 
May you see your children’s children.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129

‘Often have they attacked me from my youth’
   —let Israel now say— 
‘often have they attacked me from my youth,
   yet they have not prevailed against me. 
Those who plough ploughed on my back;
   they made their furrows long.’ 
The Lord is righteous;
   he has cut the cords of the wicked. 
May all who hate Zion
   be put to shame and turned back. 
Let them be like the grass on the housetops
   that withers before it grows up, 
with which reapers do not fill their hands
   or binders of sheaves their arms, 
while those who pass by do not say,
   ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
   We bless you in the name of the Lord!’

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications! 

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand? 
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered. 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope; 
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem. 
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.

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