Monday 11 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 11 July 2022  

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Joshua 2:1-14

Then Joshua son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies,
saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’ So they went, and
entered the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab, and spent the
night there. The king of Jericho was told, ‘Some Israelites have
come here tonight to search out the land.’ Then the king of Jericho
sent orders to Rahab, ‘Bring out the men who have come to you, who
entered your house, for they have come only to search out the whole
land.’ But the woman took the two men and hid them. Then she said,
‘True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from.
And when it was time to close the gate at dark, the men went out.
Where the men went I do not know. Pursue them quickly, for you can
overtake them.’ She had, however, brought them up to the roof and
hidden them with the stalks of flax that she had laid out on the roof.
So the men pursued them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords.
As soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

 Before they went to sleep, she came up to them on the roof and said
to the men: ‘I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that
dread of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the
land melt in fear before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up
the water of the Red Sea* before you when you came out of Egypt, and
what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were beyond the
Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. As soon as we
heard it, our hearts failed, and there was no courage left in any of
us because of you. The Lord your God is indeed God in heaven above and
on earth below. Now then, since I have dealt kindly with you, swear to
me by the Lord that you in turn will deal kindly with my family. Give
me a sign of good faith that you will spare my father and mother, my
brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our
lives from death.’ The men said to her, ‘Our life for yours! If
you do not tell this business of ours, then we will deal kindly and
faithfully with you when the Lord gives us the land.’
Romans 11:1-12

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an
Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what
the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
‘Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your
altars; I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.’ But what is
the divine reply to him? ‘I have kept for myself seven thousand who
have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ So too at the present time there
is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer
on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.*

 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect
obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,
‘God gave them a sluggish spirit,
   eyes that would not see
   and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.’ 
And David says,
‘Let their table become a snare and a trap,
   a stumbling-block and a retribution for them; 
let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
   and keep their backs for ever bent.’
 So I ask, have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through
their stumbling* salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make
Israel* jealous. Now if their stumbling* means riches for the world,
and if their defeat means riches for Gentiles, how much more will
their full inclusion mean!
Matthew 25:1-13

‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids* took
their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.* Five of them were
foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they
took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their
lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and
slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the
bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids* got
up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us
some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise
replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had
better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while
they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready
went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later
the other bridesmaids* came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to
us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep
awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 25

Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 
O my God, in you I trust;
   do not let me be put to shame;
   do not let my enemies exult over me. 
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
   let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
   teach me your paths. 
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
   for you are the God of my salvation;
   for you I wait all day long. 

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
   for they have been from of old. 
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
   according to your steadfast love remember me,
   for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! 

Good and upright is the Lord;
   therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 
He leads the humble in what is right,
   and teaches the humble his way. 
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
   for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. 

For your name’s sake, O Lord,
   pardon my guilt, for it is great. 
Who are they that fear the Lord?
   He will teach them the way that they should choose. 

They will abide in prosperity,
   and their children shall possess the land. 
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
   and he makes his covenant known to them. 
My eyes are ever towards the Lord,
   for he will pluck my feet out of the net. 

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted. 
Relieve the troubles of my heart,
   and bring me* out of my distress. 
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
   and forgive all my sins. 

Consider how many are my foes,
   and with what violent hatred they hate me. 
O guard my life, and deliver me;
   do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
   for I wait for you. 

Redeem Israel, O God,
   out of all its troubles.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 9, 15

Psalm 9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
   I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. 
I will be glad and exult in you;
   I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. 

When my enemies turned back,
   they stumbled and perished before you. 
For you have maintained my just cause;
   you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgement. 

You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked;
   you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. 
The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
   their cities you have rooted out;
   the very memory of them has perished. 

But the Lord sits enthroned for ever,
   he has established his throne for judgement. 
He judges the world with righteousness;
   he judges the peoples with equity. 

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
   a stronghold in times of trouble. 
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
   for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. 

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
   Declare his deeds among the peoples. 
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
   he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 

Be gracious to me, O Lord.
   See what I suffer from those who hate me;
   you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death, 
so that I may recount all your praises,
   and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
   rejoice in your deliverance. 

The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
   in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught. 
The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgement;
   the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
          Higgaion. Selah

The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
   all the nations that forget God. 

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
   nor the hope of the poor perish for ever. 

Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
   let the nations be judged before you. 
Put them in fear, O Lord;
   let the nations know that they are only human.

Psalm 15

O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
   Who may dwell on your holy hill? 

Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
   and speak the truth from their heart; 
who do not slander with their tongue,
   and do no evil to their friends,
   nor take up a reproach against their neighbours; 
in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
   but who honour those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt; 
who do not lend money at interest,
   and do not take a bribe against the innocent. 

Those who do these things shall never be moved.

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