Thursday 18 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Job 1:1-22

There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man
was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from
evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He had
seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of
oxen, five hundred donkeys, and very many servants; so that this man
was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go
and hold feasts in one another’s houses in turn; and they would send
and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when
the feast days had run their course, Job would send and sanctify them,
and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt-offerings
according to the number of them all; for Job said, ‘It may be that
my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.’ This is
what Job always did.
 One day the heavenly beings* came to present themselves before the
Lord, and Satan* also came among them. The Lord said to Satan,*
‘Where have you come from?’ Satan* answered the Lord, ‘From
going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.’
The Lord said to Satan,* ‘Have you considered my servant Job? There
is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears
God and turns away from evil.’ Then Satan* answered the Lord,
‘Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a fence around him
and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the
work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But
stretch out your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will
curse you to your face.’ The Lord said to Satan,* ‘Very well, all
that he has is in your power; only do not stretch out your hand
against him!’ So Satan* went out from the presence of the Lord.
 One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in
the eldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, ‘The
oxen were ploughing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, and the
Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants
with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.’ While
he was still speaking, another came and said, ‘The fire of God fell
from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed
them; I alone have escaped to tell you.’ While he was still
speaking, another came and said, ‘The Chaldeans formed three
columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed
the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell
you.’ While he was still speaking, another came and said, ‘Your
sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest
brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came across the desert,
struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people,
and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.’

 Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the
ground and worshipped. He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s
womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has
taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’

 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing.
Acts 8:26-40

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the
south* to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is
a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian
eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in
charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and
was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet
Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and
join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet
Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He
replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited
Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture
that he was reading was this:
‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
   and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
     so he does not open his mouth. 
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
   Who can describe his generation?
     For his life is taken away from the earth.’ 
The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the
prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip
began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him
the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they
came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What
is to prevent me from being baptized?’* He commanded the chariot to
stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the
water, and Philip* baptized him. When they came up out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no
more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at
Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the
good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
John 6:16-27

When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, got into a
boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and
Jesus had not yet come to them. The lake became rough because a strong
wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles,* they
saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were
terrified. But he said to them, ‘It is I;* do not be afraid.’ Then
they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat
reached the land towards which they were going.
 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake
saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus
had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples
had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place
where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.* So
when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for

 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him,
‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very
truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs,
but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food
that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which
the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has
set his seal.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 131, 132, 133

Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvellous for me. 
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a weaned child with its mother;
   my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.* 

O Israel, hope in the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.

Psalm 132

O Lord, remember in David’s favour
   all the hardships he endured; 
how he swore to the Lord
   and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, 
‘I will not enter my house
   or get into my bed; 
I will not give sleep to my eyes
   or slumber to my eyelids, 
until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling-place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’ 

We heard of it in Ephrathah;
   we found it in the fields of Jaar. 
‘Let us go to his dwelling-place;
   let us worship at his footstool.’ 

Rise up, O Lord, and go to your resting-place,
   you and the ark of your might. 
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
   and let your faithful shout for joy. 
For your servant David’s sake
   do not turn away the face of your anointed one. 

The Lord swore to David a sure oath
   from which he will not turn back:
‘One of the sons of your body
   I will set on your throne. 
If your sons keep my covenant
   and my decrees that I shall teach them,
their sons also, for evermore,
   shall sit on your throne.’ 

For the Lord has chosen Zion;
   he has desired it for his habitation: 
‘This is my resting-place for ever;
   here I will reside, for I have desired it. 
I will abundantly bless its provisions;
   I will satisfy its poor with bread. 
Its priests I will clothe with salvation,
   and its faithful will shout for joy. 
There I will cause a horn to sprout up for David;
   I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one. 
His enemies I will clothe with disgrace,
   but on him, his crown will gleam.’

Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is
   when kindred live together in unity! 
It is like the precious oil on the head,
   running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
   running down over the collar of his robes. 
It is like the dew of Hermon,
   which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
   life for evermore.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 134, 135

Psalm 134

Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
   who stand by night in the house of the Lord! 
Lift up your hands to the holy place,
   and bless the Lord. 

May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth,
   bless you from Zion.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord!
   Praise the name of the Lord;
   give praise, O servants of the Lord, 
you that stand in the house of the Lord,
   in the courts of the house of our God. 
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
   sing to his name, for he is gracious. 
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
   Israel as his own possession. 

For I know that the Lord is great;
   our Lord is above all gods. 
Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
   in heaven and on earth,
   in the seas and all deeps. 
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
   he makes lightnings for the rain
   and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
   both human beings and animals; 
he sent signs and wonders
   into your midst, O Egypt,
   against Pharaoh and all his servants. 
He struck down many nations
   and killed mighty kings— 
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
   and Og, king of Bashan,
   and all the kingdoms of Canaan— 
and gave their land as a heritage,
   a heritage to his people Israel. 

Your name, O Lord, endures for ever,
   your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages. 
For the Lord will vindicate his people,
   and have compassion on his servants. 

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
   they have eyes, but they do not see; 
they have ears, but they do not hear,
   and there is no breath in their mouths. 
Those who make them
   and all who trust them
   shall become like them. 

O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
   O house of Aaron, bless the Lord! 
O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
   You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord! 
Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
   he who resides in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

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