Wednesday 20 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 20 July 2022  

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Joshua 8:30-35

Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of
Israel, just as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded the
Israelites, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, ‘an
altar of unhewn* stones, on which no iron tool has been used’; and
they offered on it burnt-offerings to the Lord, and sacrificed
offerings of well-being. And there, in the presence of the Israelites,
Joshua* wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had
written. All Israel, alien as well as citizen, with their elders and
officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark in front
of the levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the
Lord, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front
of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded at the
first, that they should bless the people of Israel. And afterwards he
read all the words of the law, blessings and curses, according to all
that is written in the book of the law. There was not a word of all
that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly
of Israel, and the women, and the little ones, and the aliens who
resided among them.
Romans 14:13-23

Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve
instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of
another.* I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is
unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.
If your brother or sister* is being injured by what you eat, you are
no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of
one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as
evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness
and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ
is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what
makes for peace and for mutual edification. Do not, for the sake of
food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is
wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is good not to
eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or
sister* stumble.* The faith that you have, have as your own conviction
before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves
because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned
if they eat, because they do not act from faith;* for whatever does
not proceed from faith* is sin.*
Matthew 26:57-68

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in
whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. But Peter was
following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high
priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how
this would end. Now the chief priests and the whole council were
looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him
to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came
forward. At last two came forward and said, ‘This fellow said, “I
am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”
’ The high priest stood up and said, ‘Have you no answer? What is
it that they testify against you?’ But Jesus was silent. Then the
high priest said to him, ‘I put you under oath before the living
God, tell us if you are the Messiah,* the Son of God.’ Jesus said to
him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you,
>From now on you will see the Son of Man
   seated at the right hand of Power
   and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ 
Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has blasphemed!
Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. What
is your verdict?’ They answered, ‘He deserves death.’ Then they
spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, saying,
‘Prophesy to us, you Messiah!* Who is it that struck you?’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 119:49-72

Psalm 119:49-72

Remember your word to your servant,
   in which you have made me hope. 
This is my comfort in my distress,
   that your promise gives me life. 
The arrogant utterly deride me,
   but I do not turn away from your law. 
When I think of your ordinances from of old,
   I take comfort, O Lord. 
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
   those who forsake your law. 
Your statutes have been my songs
   wherever I make my home. 
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
   and keep your law. 
This blessing has fallen to me,
   for I have kept your precepts. 

The Lord is my portion;
   I promise to keep your words. 
I implore your favour with all my heart;
   be gracious to me according to your promise. 
When I think of your ways,
   I turn my feet to your decrees; 
I hurry and do not delay
   to keep your commandments. 
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
   I do not forget your law. 
At midnight I rise to praise you,
   because of your righteous ordinances. 
I am a companion of all who fear you,
   of those who keep your precepts. 
The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
   teach me your statutes. 

You have dealt well with your servant,
   O Lord, according to your word. 
Teach me good judgement and knowledge,
   for I believe in your commandments. 
Before I was humbled I went astray,
   but now I keep your word. 
You are good and do good;
   teach me your statutes. 
The arrogant smear me with lies,
   but with my whole heart I keep your precepts. 
Their hearts are fat and gross,
   but I delight in your law. 
It is good for me that I was humbled,
   so that I might learn your statutes. 
The law of your mouth is better to me
   than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 49, 53

Psalm 49

Hear this, all you peoples;
   give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 
both low and high,
   rich and poor together. 
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
   the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. 
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
   I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp. 

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
   when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me, 
those who trust in their wealth
   and boast of the abundance of their riches? 
Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life,*
   there is no price one can give to God for it. 
For the ransom of life is costly,
   and can never suffice, 
that one should live on for ever
   and never see the grave.* 

When we look at the wise, they die;
   fool and dolt perish together
   and leave their wealth to others. 
Their graves* are their homes for ever,
   their dwelling-places to all generations,
   though they named lands their own. 
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
   they are like the animals that perish. 

Such is the fate of the foolhardy,
   the end of those* who are pleased with their lot.
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
   Death shall be their shepherd;
straight to the grave they descend,*
   and their form shall waste away;
   Sheol shall be their home.* 
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
   for he will receive me.

Do not be afraid when some become rich,
   when the wealth of their houses increases. 
For when they die they will carry nothing away;
   their wealth will not go down after them. 
Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy
   —for you are praised when you do well for yourself— 
they* will go to the company of their ancestors,
   who will never again see the light. 
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
   they are like the animals that perish.

Psalm 53

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

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

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

Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon God? 

There they shall be in great terror,
   in terror such as has not been.
For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly;*
   they will be put to shame,* for God has rejected them. 

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

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