Friday 26 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 26 August 2022  

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Job 9:1-15,32-35

Then Job answered: 
‘Indeed I know that this is so;
   but how can a mortal be just before God? 
If one wished to contend with him,
   one could not answer him once in a thousand. 
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength
—who has resisted him, and succeeded?— 
he who removes mountains, and they do not know it,
   when he overturns them in his anger; 
who shakes the earth out of its place,
   and its pillars tremble; 
who commands the sun, and it does not rise;
   who seals up the stars; 
who alone stretched out the heavens
   and trampled the waves of the Sea;* 
who made the Bear and Orion,
   the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; 
who does great things beyond understanding,
   and marvellous things without number. 
Look, he passes by me, and I do not see him;
   he moves on, but I do not perceive him. 
He snatches away; who can stop him?
   Who will say to him, “What are you doing?” 

‘God will not turn back his anger;
   the helpers of Rahab bowed beneath him. 
How then can I answer him,
   choosing my words with him? 
Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him;
   I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.* 
For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him,
   that we should come to trial together. 
There is no umpire* between us,
   who might lay his hand on us both. 
If he would take his rod away from me,
   and not let dread of him terrify me, 
then I would speak without fear of him,
   for I know I am not what I am thought to be.*
Acts 10:34-48

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God
shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does
what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to
the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of
all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after
the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and
healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We
are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They
put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the
third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us
who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him
after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people
and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the
living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone
who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’
 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who
heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were
astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on
the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling
God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing
these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So
he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they
invited him to stay for several days.
John 7:37-52

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was
standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,
and let the one who believes in me drink. As* the scripture has said,
“Out of the believer’s heart* shall flow rivers of living
water.” ’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in
him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit,* because Jesus
was not yet glorified.
 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is
really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’* But
some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah* does not come from Galilee, does
he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah* is descended from
David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So
there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted
to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police answered,
‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ Then the Pharisees replied,
‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the
authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which
does not know the law—they are accursed.’ Nicodemus, who had gone
to Jesus* before, and who was one of them, asked, ‘Our law does not
judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they
are doing, does it?’ They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from
Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise
from Galilee.’  

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 16, 17

Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’*

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
   in whom is all my delight. 

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;*
   their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or take their names upon my lips. 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot. 
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage. 

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me. 
I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure. 
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit. 

You show me the path of life.
   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
>From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right. 

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress. 
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent. 
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped. 

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words. 
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand. 

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings, 
from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me. 
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 
They track me down;* now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush. 

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones. 

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 22

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest. 

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel. 
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them. 
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people. 
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God. 
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion. 

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;* 
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots. 

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid! 
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life* from the power of the dog! 
   Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

>From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me. 
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him. 

>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.* 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.* 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

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