Monday 10 January 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 10 January 2022 

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Genesis 2:4-25

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no
plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had
yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the
earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would
rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then
the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground,* and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living
being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and
there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord
God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for
food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil.

 A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it
divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon; it
is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is
gold; and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are
there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows
around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris,
which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till
it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely
eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you
shall die.’

 Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be
alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the
ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of
the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to
every animal of the field; but for the man* there was not found a
helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall
upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up
its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the
man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man
‘This at last is bone of my bones
   and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,*
   for out of Man* this one was taken.’ 
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his
wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both
naked, and were not ashamed.
Hebrews 1:1-14

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the
prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,* whom
he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the
worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of
God’s very being, and he sustains* all things by his powerful word.
When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as
the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
‘You are my Son;
   today I have begotten you’?
Or again,
‘I will be his Father,
   and he will be my Son’? 
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’ 
Of the angels he says,
‘He makes his angels winds,
   and his servants flames of fire.’ 
But of the Son he says,
‘Your throne, O God, is* for ever and ever,
   and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your* kingdom. 
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
   with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’ 
‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
   and the heavens are the work of your hands; 
they will perish, but you remain;
   they will all wear out like clothing; 
like a cloak you will roll them up,
   and like clothing* they will be changed.
But you are the same,
   and your years will never end.’ 
But to which of the angels has he ever said,
‘Sit at my right hand
   until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? 
Are not all angels* spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for
the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being
through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has
come into being in him was life,* and the life was the light of all
people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
overcome it.

 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a
witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through
him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the
light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the

 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet
the world did not know him. He came to what was his own,* and his own
people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed
in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born,
not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of

 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,* full of grace and
truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I
said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before
me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through
Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,* who
is close to the Father’s heart,* who has made him known.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’ 

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ 

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you* in God.’

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’ 
You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement. 
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high. 
The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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