Wednesday 23 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 23 February 2022

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Proverbs 6:1-19

My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbour,
   if you have bound yourself to another,* 
you are snared by the utterance of your lips,*
   caught by the words of your mouth. 
So do this, my child, and save yourself,
   for you have come into your neighbour’s power:
   go, hurry,* and plead with your neighbour. 
Give your eyes no sleep
   and your eyelids no slumber; 
save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,*
   like a bird from the hand of the fowler. 

Go to the ant, you lazybones;
   consider its ways, and be wise. 
Without having any chief
   or officer or ruler, 
it prepares its food in summer,
   and gathers its sustenance in harvest. 
How long will you lie there, O lazybones?
   When will you rise from your sleep? 
A little sleep, a little slumber,
   a little folding of the hands to rest, 
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
   and want, like an armed warrior. 

A scoundrel and a villain
   goes around with crooked speech, 
winking the eyes, shuffling the feet,
   pointing the fingers, 
with perverted mind devising evil,
   continually sowing discord; 
on such a one calamity will descend suddenly;
   in a moment, damage beyond repair. 

There are six things that the Lord hates,
   seven that are an abomination to him: 
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
   and hands that shed innocent blood, 
a heart that devises wicked plans,
   feet that hurry to run to evil, 
a lying witness who testifies falsely,
   and one who sows discord in a family.
1 John 5:1-12

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ* has been born of God,
and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know
that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his
commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his
commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is
born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers
the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one
who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with
the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the
one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that
testify:* the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three
agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater;
for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son.
Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their
hearts. Those who do not believe in God* have made him a liar by not
believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And
this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in
his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son
of God does not have life.
John 11:45-54

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what
Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and
told them what he had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees
called a meeting of the council, and said, ‘What are we to do? This
man is performing many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone
will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our
holy place* and our nation.’ But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high
priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all! You do not
understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the
people than to have the whole nation destroyed.’ He did not say this
on his own, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus
was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but to
gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on
they planned to put him to death.

Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went
from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness;
and he remained there with the disciples.
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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