Monday 21 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 21 February 2022

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Proverbs 3:11-20

My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
   or be weary of his reproof, 
for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
   as a father the son in whom he delights. 

Happy are those who find wisdom,
   and those who get understanding, 
for her income is better than silver,
   and her revenue better than gold. 
She is more precious than jewels,
   and nothing you desire can compare with her. 
Long life is in her right hand;
   in her left hand are riches and honour. 
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
   and all her paths are peace. 
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
   those who hold her fast are called happy. 

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
   by understanding he established the heavens; 
by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
   and the clouds drop down the dew.
1 John 3:18-4:6

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and
action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will
reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God
is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our
hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive
from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what
pleases him.

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his
Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And
by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see
whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into
the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that
confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and
every spirit that does not confess Jesus* is not from God. And this is
the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is
coming; and now it is already in the world. Little children, you are
from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is
greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world;
therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to
them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is
not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of
truth and the spirit of error.
John 11:17-29

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus* had already been in the
tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles*
away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them
about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went
and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord,
if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I
know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to
her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know
that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus
said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.* Those who believe
in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and
believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to
him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,* the Son of
God, the one coming into the world.’

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and
told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’
And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 106:1-18

Psalm 106:1-18

Praise the Lord!
   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
   or declare all his praise? 
Happy are those who observe justice,
   who do righteousness at all times. 

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
   help me when you deliver them; 
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
   that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
   that I may glory in your heritage. 

Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
   we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly. 
Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
   did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
   but rebelled against the Most High* at the Red Sea.* 
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   so that he might make known his mighty power. 
He rebuked the Red Sea,* and it became dry;
   he led them through the deep as through a desert. 
So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
   and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. 
The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them was left. 
Then they believed his words;
   they sang his praise. 

But they soon forgot his works;
   they did not wait for his counsel. 
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
   and put God to the test in the desert; 
he gave them what they asked,
   but sent a wasting disease among them. 

They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
   and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord. 
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
   and covered the faction of Abiram. 
Fire also broke out in their company;
   the flame burned up the wicked.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 106:19-48

Psalm 106:19-48

They made a calf at Horeb
   and worshipped a cast image. 
They exchanged the glory of God*
   for the image of an ox that eats grass. 
They forgot God, their Saviour,
   who had done great things in Egypt, 
wondrous works in the land of Ham,
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.* 
Therefore he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
   to turn away his wrath from destroying them. 

Then they despised the pleasant land,
   having no faith in his promise. 
They grumbled in their tents,
   and did not obey the voice of the Lord. 
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness, 
and would disperse* their descendants among the nations,
   scattering them over the lands. 

Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,
   and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; 
they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them. 
Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
   and the plague was stopped. 
And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
   from generation to generation for ever. 

They angered the Lord * at the waters of Meribah,
   and it went ill with Moses on their account; 
for they made his spirit bitter,
   and he spoke words that were rash. 

They did not destroy the peoples
   as the Lord commanded them, 
but they mingled with the nations
   and learned to do as they did. 
They served their idols,
   which became a snare to them. 
They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to the demons; 
they poured out innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
   and the land was polluted with blood. 
Thus they became unclean by their acts,
   and prostituted themselves in their doings. 

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
   and he abhorred his heritage; 
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
   so that those who hated them ruled over them. 
Their enemies oppressed them,
   and they were brought into subjection under their power. 
Many times he delivered them,
   but they were rebellious in their purposes,
   and were brought low through their iniquity. 
Nevertheless, he regarded their distress
   when he heard their cry. 
For their sake he remembered his covenant,
   and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast
He caused them to be pitied
   by all who held them captive. 

Save us, O Lord our God,
   and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
   and glory in your praise. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, ‘Amen.’
   Praise the Lord!

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