Thursday 21 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 21 July 2022  

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Joshua 9:3-21

But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to
Jericho and to Ai, they on their part acted with cunning: they went
and prepared provisions,* and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys,
and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, with worn-out, patched
sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes; and all their provisions
were dry and mouldy. They went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal, and
said to him and to the Israelites, ‘We have come from a far country;
so now make a treaty with us.’ But the Israelites said to the
Hivites, ‘Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a treaty
with you?’ They said to Joshua, ‘We are your servants.’ And
Joshua said to them, ‘Who are you? And where do you come from?’
They said to him, ‘Your servants have come from a very far country,
because of the name of the Lord your God; for we have heard a report
of him, of all that he did in Egypt, and of all that he did to the two
kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, King Sihon of
Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan who lived in Ashtaroth. So our elders
and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, “Take provisions
in your hand for the journey; go to meet them, and say to them, ‘We
are your servants; come now, make a treaty with us.’ ” Here is our
bread; it was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food
for the journey, on the day we set out to come to you, but now, see,
it is dry and mouldy; these wineskins were new when we filled them,
and see, they are burst; and these garments and sandals of ours are
worn out from the very long journey.’ So the leaders* partook of
their provisions, and did not ask direction from the Lord. And Joshua
made peace with them, guaranteeing their lives by a treaty; and the
leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.

 But when three days had passed after they had made a treaty with
them, they heard that they were their neighbours and were living among
them. So the Israelites set out and reached their cities on the third
day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and
Kiriath-jearim. But the Israelites did not attack them, because the
leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the Lord, the God of
Israel. Then all the congregation murmured against the leaders. But
all the leaders said to all the congregation, ‘We have sworn to them
by the Lord, the God of Israel, and now we must not touch them. This
is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath may
not come upon us, because of the oath that we swore to them.’ The
leaders said to them, ‘Let them live.’ So they became hewers of
wood and drawers of water for all the congregation, as the leaders had
decided concerning them.
Romans 15:1-13

We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and
not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbour for the
good purpose of building up the neighbour. For Christ did not please
himself; but, as it is written, ‘The insults of those who insult you
have fallen on me.’ For whatever was written in former days was
written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the
encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of
steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one
another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may
with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for
the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of
the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might
confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the
Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
‘Therefore I will confess* you among the Gentiles,
   and sing praises to your name’; 
and again he says,
‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people’; 
and again,
‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
   and let all the peoples praise him’; 
and again Isaiah says,
‘The root of Jesse shall come,
   the one who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him the Gentiles shall hope.’ 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 26:69-75

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to
him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ But he
denied it before all of them, saying, ‘I do not know what you are
talking about.’ When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl
saw him, and she said to the bystanders, ‘This man was with Jesus of
Nazareth.’* Again he denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the
man.’ After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter,
‘Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.’
Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know the
man!’ At that moment the cock crowed. Then Peter remembered what
Jesus had said: ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three
times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 50

Psalm 50

The mighty one, God the Lord,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting. 
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
   God shines forth. 

Our God comes and does not keep silence,
   before him is a devouring fire,
   and a mighty tempest all around him. 
He calls to the heavens above
   and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 
‘Gather to me my faithful ones,
   who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’ 
The heavens declare his righteousness,
   for God himself is judge.

‘Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
   O Israel, I will testify against you.
   I am God, your God. 
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
   your burnt-offerings are continually before me. 
I will not accept a bull from your house,
   or goats from your folds. 
For every wild animal of the forest is mine,
   the cattle on a thousand hills. 
I know all the birds of the air,*
   and all that moves in the field is mine. 

‘If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
   for the world and all that is in it is mine. 
Do I eat the flesh of bulls,
   or drink the blood of goats? 
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,*
   and pay your vows to the Most High. 
Call on me in the day of trouble;
   I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.’ 

But to the wicked God says:
   ‘What right have you to recite my statutes,
   or take my covenant on your lips? 
For you hate discipline,
   and you cast my words behind you. 
You make friends with a thief when you see one,
   and you keep company with adulterers. 

‘You give your mouth free rein for evil,
   and your tongue frames deceit. 
You sit and speak against your kin;
   you slander your own mother’s child. 
These things you have done and I have been silent;
   you thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you. 

‘Mark this, then, you who forget God,
   or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver. 
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me;
   to those who go the right way*
   I will show the salvation of God.’
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 66, 67

Psalm 66

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; 
   sing the glory of his name;
   give to him glorious praise. 
Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds!
   Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you. 
All the earth worships you;
   they sing praises to you,
   sing praises to your name.’

Come and see what God has done:
   he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 
He turned the sea into dry land;
   they passed through the river on foot.
There we rejoiced in him, 
   who rules by his might for ever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
   let the rebellious not exalt themselves.

Bless our God, O peoples,
   let the sound of his praise be heard, 
who has kept us among the living,
   and has not let our feet slip. 
For you, O God, have tested us;
   you have tried us as silver is tried. 
You brought us into the net;
   you laid burdens on our backs; 
you let people ride over our heads;
   we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.* 

I will come into your house with burnt-offerings;
   I will pay you my vows, 
those that my lips uttered
   and my mouth promised when I was in trouble. 
I will offer to you burnt-offerings of fatlings,
   with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats.

Come and hear, all you who fear God,
   and I will tell what he has done for me. 
I cried aloud to him,
   and he was extolled with my tongue. 
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
   the Lord would not have listened. 
But truly God has listened;
   he has given heed to the words of my prayer. 

Blessed be God,
   because he has not rejected my prayer
   or removed his steadfast love from me.

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
   for you judge the peoples with equity
   and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you. 

The earth has yielded its increase;
   God, our God, has blessed us. 
May God continue to bless us;
   let all the ends of the earth revere him.

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