Friday 11 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 11 February 2022 

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Genesis 27:46-28:4,10-22

Then Rebekah said to Isaac, ‘I am weary of my life because of the
Hittite women. If Jacob marries one of the Hittite women such as
these, one of the women of the land, what good will my life be to

Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, ‘You shall
not marry one of the Canaanite women. Go at once to Paddan-aram to the
house of Bethuel, your mother’s father; and take as wife from there
one of the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. May God
Almighty* bless you and make you fruitful and numerous, that you may
become a company of peoples. May he give to you the blessing of
Abraham, to you and to your offspring with you, so that you may take
possession of the land where you now live as an alien—land that God
gave to Abraham.’
 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain
place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking
one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down
in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder* set up on the
earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were
ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him* and
said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of
Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your
offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and
you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north
and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed*
in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep
you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will
not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then
Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this
place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How
awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and
this is the gate of heaven.’

 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he
had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on
the top of it. He called that place Bethel;* but the name of the city
was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be
with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me
bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my
father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this
stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and
of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.’
Romans 13:1-14

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is
no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have
been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists
what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. For
rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you wish to
have no fear of the authority? Then do what is good, and you will
receive its approval; for it is God’s servant for your good. But if
you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority* does
not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath
on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be subject, not only because of
wrath but also because of conscience. For the same reason you also pay
taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very
thing. Pay to all what is due to them—taxes to whom taxes are due,
revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honour
to whom honour is due.
 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who
loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall
not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You
shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this
word, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a
neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for
you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we
became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then
lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us
live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not
in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the
flesh, to gratify its desires.
John 8:33-47

They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never
been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made

 Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits
sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in
the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes
you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of
Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is
no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the
Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard
from the Father.’*
 They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them,
‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing* what Abraham
did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the
truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are
indeed doing what your father does.’ They said to him, ‘We are not
illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.’ Jesus said
to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came
from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me.
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept
my word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your
father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not
stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he
speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of
lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of
you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe
me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not
hear them is that you are not from God.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 88

Psalm 88

O Lord, God of my salvation,
   when, at night, I cry out in your presence, 
let my prayer come before you;
   incline your ear to my cry. 

For my soul is full of troubles,
   and my life draws near to Sheol. 
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;
   I am like those who have no help, 
like those forsaken among the dead,
   like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
   for they are cut off from your hand. 
You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
   in the regions dark and deep. 
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
   and you overwhelm me with all your waves.

You have caused my companions to shun me;
   you have made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape; 
   my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call on you, O Lord;
   I spread out my hands to you. 
Do you work wonders for the dead?
   Do the shades rise up to praise you?
Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
   or your faithfulness in Abaddon? 
Are your wonders known in the darkness,
   or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness? 

But I, O Lord, cry out to you;
   in the morning my prayer comes before you. 
O Lord, why do you cast me off?
   Why do you hide your face from me? 
Wretched and close to death from my youth up,
   I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.* 
Your wrath has swept over me;
   your dread assaults destroy me. 
They surround me like a flood all day long;
   from all sides they close in on me. 
You have caused friend and neighbour to shun me;
   my companions are in darkness.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 91, 92

Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,* 
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
   my God, in whom I trust.’ 
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence; 
he will cover you with his pinions,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 
You will not fear the terror of the night,
   or the arrow that flies by day, 
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 

A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you. 
You will only look with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked. 

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,*
   the Most High your dwelling-place, 
no evil shall befall you,
   no scourge come near your tent. 

For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways. 
On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 

Those who love me, I will deliver;
   I will protect those who know my name. 
When they call to me, I will answer them;
   I will be with them in trouble,
   I will rescue them and honour them. 
With long life I will satisfy them,
   and show them my salvation.

Psalm 92

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
   to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
   and your faithfulness by night, 
to the music of the lute and the harp,
   to the melody of the lyre. 
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
   at the works of your hands I sing for joy. 

How great are your works, O Lord!
   Your thoughts are very deep! 
The dullard cannot know,
   the stupid cannot understand this: 
though the wicked sprout like grass
   and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction for ever, 
   but you, O Lord, are on high for ever. 
For your enemies, O Lord,
   for your enemies shall perish;
   all evildoers shall be scattered. 

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
   you have poured over me* fresh oil. 
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
   my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants. 

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
   and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
   they flourish in the courts of our God. 
In old age they still produce fruit;
   they are always green and full of sap, 
showing that the Lord is upright;
   he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

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