Friday 14 January 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 14 January 2022 

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Genesis 6:1-8

When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters
were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they
took wives for themselves of all that they chose. Then the Lord said,
‘My spirit shall not abide* in mortals for ever, for they are flesh;
their days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim were
on the earth in those days—and also afterwards—when the sons of
God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them.
These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.

 The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the
earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was
only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made
humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord
said, ‘I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have
created—people together with animals and creeping things and birds
of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found
favour in the sight of the Lord.
Hebrews 3:12-19

Take care, brothers and sisters,* that none of you may have an evil,
unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one
another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none
of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become
partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the
end. As it is said,
‘Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’ 
Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all
those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? But with whom was
he angry for forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies
fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not
enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? So we see that
they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
John 2:1-12

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the
mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been
invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus
said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman,
what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’
His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now
standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of
purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to
them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the
brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief
steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that
had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the
servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the
bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first,
and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you
have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his
signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples
believed in him.

 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers,
and his disciples; and they remained there for a few days.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 16, 17

Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’*

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
   in whom is all my delight. 

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;*
   their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or take their names upon my lips. 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot. 
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage. 

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me. 
I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure. 
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit. 

You show me the path of life.
   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
>From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right. 

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress. 
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent. 
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped. 

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words. 
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand. 

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings, 
from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me. 
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 
They track me down;* now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush. 

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones. 

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 22

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest. 

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel. 
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them. 
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people. 
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God. 
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion. 

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;* 
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots. 

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid! 
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life* from the power of the dog! 
   Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me. 
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him. 

>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.* 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.* 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

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