Wednesday 12 January 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 12 January 2022 

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Genesis 4:1-16

Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain,
saying, ‘I have produced* a man with the help of the Lord.’ Next
she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a
tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord
an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought
of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions. And the Lord had
regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had
no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. The Lord
said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry, and why has your countenance
fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do
well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must
master it.’

 Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let us go out to the field.’*
And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel
and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother
Abel?’ He said, ‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’ And
the Lord said, ‘What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood
is crying out to me from the ground! And now you are cursed from the
ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood
from your hand. When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to
you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the
earth.’ Cain said to the Lord, ‘My punishment is greater than I
can bear! Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be
hidden from your face; I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the
earth, and anyone who meets me may kill me.’ Then the Lord said to
him, ‘Not so!* Whoever kills Cain will suffer a sevenfold
vengeance.’ And the Lord put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came
upon him would kill him. Then Cain went away from the presence of the
Lord, and settled in the land of Nod,* east of Eden.
Hebrews 2:11-18

For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one
Father.* For this reason Jesus* is not ashamed to call them brothers
and sisters,* saying,
‘I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters,*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.’ 
And again,
‘I will put my trust in him.’
And again,
‘Here am I and the children whom God has given me.’

 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself
likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might
destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and
free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of
death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the
descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers
and sisters* in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and
faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of
atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by
what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
John 1:29-42

The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is
the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of
whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he
was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with
water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And
John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a
dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one
who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see
the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy
Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the
Son of God.’*
 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and
as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb
of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed
Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them,
‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which
translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to
them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and
they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the
afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and
said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated
Anointed*). He brought Simon* to Jesus, who looked at him and said,
‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is
translated Peter*).
Morning Psalms: Psalm 119:1-24

Psalm 119:1-24

Happy are those whose way is blameless,
   who walk in the law of the Lord. 
Happy are those who keep his decrees,
   who seek him with their whole heart, 
who also do no wrong,
   but walk in his ways. 
You have commanded your precepts
   to be kept diligently. 
O that my ways may be steadfast
   in keeping your statutes! 
Then I shall not be put to shame,
   having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 
I will praise you with an upright heart,
   when I learn your righteous ordinances. 
I will observe your statutes;
   do not utterly forsake me. 

How can young people keep their way pure?
   By guarding it according to your word. 
With my whole heart I seek you;
   do not let me stray from your commandments. 
I treasure your word in my heart,
   so that I may not sin against you. 
Blessed are you, O Lord;
   teach me your statutes. 
With my lips I declare
   all the ordinances of your mouth. 
I delight in the way of your decrees
   as much as in all riches. 
I will meditate on your precepts,
   and fix my eyes on your ways. 
I will delight in your statutes;
   I will not forget your word. 

Deal bountifully with your servant,
   so that I may live and observe your word. 
Open my eyes, so that I may behold
   wondrous things out of your law. 
I live as an alien in the land;
   do not hide your commandments from me. 
My soul is consumed with longing
   for your ordinances at all times. 
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
   who wander from your commandments; 
take away from me their scorn and contempt,
   for I have kept your decrees. 
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
   your servant will meditate on your statutes. 
Your decrees are my delight,
   they are my counsellors.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 12, 13, 14

Psalm 12

Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
   the faithful have disappeared from humankind. 
They utter lies to each other;
   with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
   the tongue that makes great boasts, 
those who say, ‘With our tongues we will prevail;
   our lips are our own—who is our master?’ 

‘Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
   I will now rise up,’ says the Lord;
   ‘I will place them in the safety for which they long.’ 
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
   silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
   purified seven times. 

You, O Lord, will protect us;
   you will guard us from this generation for ever. 
On every side the wicked prowl,
   as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Psalm 13

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
   How long will you hide your face from me? 
How long must I bear pain* in my soul,
   and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 

Consider and answer me, O Lord my God!
   Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, 
and my enemy will say, ‘I have prevailed’;
   my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
   my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 
I will sing to the Lord,
   because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 14

Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
   They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
   there is no one who does good. 

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind
   to see if there are any who are wise,
   who seek after God. 

They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
   there is no one who does good,
   no, not one. 

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon the Lord? 

There they shall be in great terror,
   for God is with the company of the righteous. 
You would confound the plans of the poor,
   but the Lord is their refuge. 

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

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