Tuesday 12 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Joshua 2:15-24

Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was
on the outer side of the city wall and she resided within the wall
itself. She said to them, ‘Go towards the hill country, so that the
pursuers may not come upon you. Hide yourselves there for three days,
until the pursuers have returned; then afterwards you may go on your
way.’ The men said to her, ‘We will be released from this oath
that you have made us swear to you if we invade the land and you do
not tie this crimson cord in the window through which you let us down,
and you do not gather into your house your father and mother, your
brothers, and all your family. If any of you go out of the doors of
your house into the street, they shall be responsible for their own
death, and we shall be innocent; but if a hand is laid upon any who
are with you in the house, we shall bear the responsibility for their
death. But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be
released from this oath that you made us swear to you.’ She said,
‘According to your words, so be it.’ She sent them away and they
departed. Then she tied the crimson cord in the window.

 They departed and went into the hill country and stayed there for
three days, until the pursuers returned. The pursuers had searched all
along the way and found nothing. Then the two men came down again from
the hill country. They crossed over, came to Joshua son of Nun, and
told him all that had happened to them. They said to Joshua, ‘Truly
the Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the
inhabitants of the land melt in fear before us.’
Romans 11:13-24

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to
the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people*
jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the
reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life
from the dead! If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is
holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the root is holy, then the
branches also are holy.

 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive
shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root* of the
olive tree, do not vaunt yourselves over the branches. If you do vaunt
yourselves, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the
root that supports you. You will say, ‘Branches were broken off so
that I might be grafted in.’ That is true. They were broken off
because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith. So do not
become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural
branches, perhaps he will not spare you.* Note then the kindness and
the severity of God: severity towards those who have fallen, but
God’s kindness towards you, provided you continue in his kindness;
otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel,* if they
do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power
to graft them in again. For if you have been cut from what is by
nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a
cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be
grafted back into their own olive tree.
Matthew 25:14-30

‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and
entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents,* to
another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he
went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once
and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the
one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had
received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid
his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves
came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the
five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying,
“Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five
more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and
trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will
put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your
master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying,
“Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two
more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and
trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will
put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your
master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came
forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping
where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed;
so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here
you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and
lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and
gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my
money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what
was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to
the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be
given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have
nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless
slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping
and gnashing of teeth.”
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 26, 28

Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord,
   for I have walked in my integrity,
   and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
   test my heart and mind. 
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
   and I walk in faithfulness to you.* 

I do not sit with the worthless,
   nor do I consort with hypocrites; 
I hate the company of evildoers,
   and will not sit with the wicked. 

I wash my hands in innocence,
   and go around your altar, O Lord, 
singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
   and telling all your wondrous deeds. 

O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
   and the place where your glory abides. 
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
   nor my life with the bloodthirsty, 
those in whose hands are evil devices,
   and whose right hands are full of bribes. 

But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
   redeem me, and be gracious to me. 
My foot stands on level ground;
   in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call;
   my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
   I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 
Hear the voice of my supplication,
   as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
   towards your most holy sanctuary.* 

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
   with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbours,
   while mischief is in their hearts. 
Repay them according to their work,
   and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
   render them their due reward. 
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
   or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. 
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him. 

The Lord is the strength of his people;
   he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
   be their shepherd, and carry them for ever.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 36, 39

Psalm 36

Transgression speaks to the wicked
   deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
   before their eyes. 
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
   that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 
The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;
   they have ceased to act wisely and do good. 
They plot mischief while on their beds;
   they are set on a way that is not good;
   they do not reject evil. 

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
   your faithfulness to the clouds. 
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
   your judgements are like the great deep;
   you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. 

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
   All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 
They feast on the abundance of your house,
   and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 
For with you is the fountain of life;
   in your light we see light. 

O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
   and your salvation to the upright of heart! 
Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
   or the hand of the wicked drive me away. 
There the evildoers lie prostrate;
   they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Psalm 39

I said, ‘I will guard my ways
   that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
   as long as the wicked are in my presence.’ 
I was silent and still;
   I held my peace to no avail;
my distress grew worse, 
   my heart became hot within me.
While I mused, the fire burned;
   then I spoke with my tongue: 

‘Lord, let me know my end,
   and what is the measure of my days;
   let me know how fleeting my life is. 
You have made my days a few handbreadths,
   and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. 
   Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
   they heap up, and do not know who will gather. 

‘And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
   My hope is in you. 
Deliver me from all my transgressions.
   Do not make me the scorn of the fool. 
I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
   for it is you who have done it. 
Remove your stroke from me;
   I am worn down by the blows* of your hand. 

‘You chastise mortals
   in punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
   surely everyone is a mere breath. 

‘Hear my prayer, O Lord,
   and give ear to my cry;
   do not hold your peace at my tears.
For I am your passing guest,
   an alien, like all my forebears. 
Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
   before I depart and am no more.’

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