Monday 18 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 18 July 2022  

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Joshua 7:1-13

But the Israelites broke faith in regard to the devoted things: Achan
son of Carmi son of Zabdi son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took
some of the devoted things; and the anger of the Lord burned against
the Israelites.

 Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of
Bethel, and said to them, ‘Go up and spy out the land.’ And the
men went up and spied out Ai. Then they returned to Joshua and said to
him, ‘Not all the people need go up; about two or three thousand men
should go up and attack Ai. Since they are so few, do not make the
whole people toil up there.’ So about three thousand of the people
went up there; and they fled before the men of Ai. The men of Ai
killed about thirty-six of them, chasing them from outside the gate as
far as Shebarim and killing them on the slope. The hearts of the
people failed and turned to water.

 Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the ground on his face
before the ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of
Israel; and they put dust on their heads. Joshua said, ‘Ah, Lord
God! Why have you brought this people across the Jordan at all, to
hand us over to the Amorites so as to destroy us? Would that we had
been content to settle beyond the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say, now
that Israel has turned their backs to their enemies! The Canaanites
and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and surround us,
and cut off our name from the earth. Then what will you do for your
great name?’

 The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Stand up! Why have you fallen upon your
face? Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I
imposed on them. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have
stolen, they have acted deceitfully, and they have put them among
their own belongings. Therefore the Israelites are unable to stand
before their enemies; they turn their backs to their enemies, because
they have become a thing devoted for destruction themselves. I will be
with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among
you. Proceed to sanctify the people, and say, “Sanctify yourselves
for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘There are
devoted things among you, O Israel; you will be unable to stand before
your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.’
Romans 13:8-14

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves
another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not
commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall
not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word,
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a
neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for
you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we
became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then
lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us
live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not
in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.
Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the
flesh, to gratify its desires.

Matthew 26:36-46

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to
his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took
with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved
and agitated. Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to
death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ And going a little
farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if
it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but
what you want.’ Then he came to the disciples and found them
sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with
me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time
of trial;* the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’
Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if
this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ Again he
came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving
them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the
same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you
still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the
Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be
going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 41, 52

Psalm 41

Happy are those who consider the poor;*
   the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. 
The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
   they are called happy in the land.
   You do not give them up to the will of their enemies. 
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
   in their illness you heal all their infirmities.* 

As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me;
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’ 
My enemies wonder in malice
   when I will die, and my name perish. 
And when they come to see me, they utter empty words,
   while their hearts gather mischief;
   when they go out, they tell it abroad. 
All who hate me whisper together about me;
   they imagine the worst for me. 

They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me,
   that I will not rise again from where I lie. 
Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
   who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me. 
But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
   and raise me up, that I may repay them. 

By this I know that you are pleased with me;
   because my enemy has not triumphed over me. 
But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
   and set me in your presence for ever. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.Amen and Amen.

Psalm 52

Why do you boast, O mighty one,
   of mischief done against the godly?*
   All day long you are plotting destruction.
Your tongue is like a sharp razor,
   you worker of treachery. 
You love evil more than good,
   and lying more than speaking the truth.
You love all words that devour,
   O deceitful tongue. 

But God will break you down for ever;
   he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
   he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see, and fear,
   and will laugh at the evildoer,* saying, 
‘See the one who would not take
   refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
   and sought refuge in wealth!’* 

But I am like a green olive tree
   in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
   for ever and ever. 
I will thank you for ever,
   because of what you have done.
In the presence of the faithful
   I will proclaim* your name, for it is good.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 44

Psalm 44

We have heard with our ears, O God,
   our ancestors have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
   in the days of old: 
you with your own hand drove out the nations,
   but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
   but them you set free; 
for not by their own sword did they win the land,
   nor did their own arm give them victory;
but your right hand, and your arm,
   and the light of your countenance,
   for you delighted in them. 

You are my King and my God;
   you command* victories for Jacob. 
Through you we push down our foes;
   through your name we tread down our assailants. 
For not in my bow do I trust,
   nor can my sword save me. 
But you have saved us from our foes,
   and have put to confusion those who hate us. 
In God we have boasted continually,
   and we will give thanks to your name for ever.

Yet you have rejected us and abased us,
   and have not gone out with our armies. 
You made us turn back from the foe,
   and our enemies have taken spoil for themselves. 
You have made us like sheep for slaughter,
   and have scattered us among the nations. 
You have sold your people for a trifle,
   demanding no high price for them. 

You have made us the taunt of our neighbours,
   the derision and scorn of those around us. 
You have made us a byword among the nations,
   a laughing-stock* among the peoples. 
All day long my disgrace is before me,
   and shame has covered my face 
at the words of the taunters and revilers,
   at the sight of the enemy and the avenger. 

All this has come upon us,
   yet we have not forgotten you,
   or been false to your covenant. 
Our heart has not turned back,
   nor have our steps departed from your way, 
yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,
   and covered us with deep darkness. 

If we had forgotten the name of our God,
   or spread out our hands to a strange god, 
would not God discover this?
   For he knows the secrets of the heart. 
Because of you we are being killed all day long,
   and accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 

Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
   Awake, do not cast us off for ever! 
Why do you hide your face?
   Why do you forget our affliction and oppression? 
For we sink down to the dust;
   our bodies cling to the ground. 
Rise up, come to our help.
   Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

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