Friday 22 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 22 July 2022  

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Joshua 9:22-10:15

Joshua summoned them, and said to them, ‘Why did you deceive us,
saying, “We are very far from you”, while in fact you are living
among us? Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall always
be slaves, hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my
God.’ They answered Joshua, ‘Because it was told to your servants
for a certainty that the Lord your God had commanded his servant Moses
to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the
land before you; so we were in great fear for our lives because of
you, and did this thing. And now we are in your hand: do as it seems
good and right in your sight to do to us.’ This is what he did for
them: he saved them from the Israelites; and they did not kill them.
But on that day Joshua made them hewers of wood and drawers of water
for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord, to continue to
this day, in the place that he should choose.
When King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and
had utterly destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to
Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace
with Israel and were among them, he* became greatly frightened,
because Gibeon was a large city, like one of the royal cities, and was
larger than Ai, and all its men were warriors. So King Adoni-zedek of
Jerusalem sent a message to King Hoham of Hebron, to King Piram of
Jarmuth, to King Japhia of Lachish, and to King Debir of Eglon,
saying, ‘Come up and help me, and let us attack Gibeon; for it has
made peace with Joshua and with the Israelites.’ Then the five kings
of the Amorites—the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king
of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon—gathered
their forces, and went up with all their armies and encamped against
Gibeon, and made war against it.

 And the Gibeonites sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying,
‘Do not abandon your servants; come up to us quickly, and save us,
and help us; for all the kings of the Amorites who live in the hill
country are gathered against us.’ So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he
and all the fighting force with him, all the mighty warriors. The Lord
said to Joshua, ‘Do not fear them, for I have handed them over to
you; not one of them shall stand before you.’ So Joshua came upon
them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. And the Lord
threw them into a panic before Israel, who inflicted a great slaughter
on them at Gibeon, chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon,
and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. As they fled
before Israel, while they were going down the slope of Beth-horon, the
Lord threw down huge stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and
they died; there were more who died because of the hailstones than the
Israelites killed with the sword.

 On the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites,
Joshua spoke to the Lord; and he said in the sight of Israel,
‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
   and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.’ 
And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
   until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.
Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in
mid-heaven, and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has
been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded a human
voice; for the Lord fought for Israel.

 Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at
Romans 15:14-24

I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters,* that you
yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able
to instruct one another. Nevertheless, on some points I have written
to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me
by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the
priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the
Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ
Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God. For I will not
venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished*
through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by
the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God,* so
that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully
proclaimed the good news* of Christ. Thus I make it my ambition to
proclaim the good news,* not where Christ has already been named, so
that I do not build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is
‘Those who have never been told of him shall see,
   and those who have never heard of him shall understand.’
 This is the reason that I have so often been hindered from coming to
you. But now, with no further place for me in these regions, I desire,
as I have for many years, to come to you when I go to Spain. For I do
hope to see you on my journey and to be sent on by you, once I have
enjoyed your company for a little while.
Matthew 27:1-10

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people
conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death.
They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the
 When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus* was condemned, he repented
and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and
the elders. He said, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent* blood.’
But they said, ‘What is that to us? See to it yourself.’ Throwing
down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and
hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver,
said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they
are blood money.’ After conferring together, they used them to buy
the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason
that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was
fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah,* ‘And
they took* the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a
price had been set,* on whom some of the people of Israel had set a
price, and they gave* them for the potter’s field, as the Lord
commanded me.’

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 40, 54

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
   he inclined to me and heard my cry. 
He drew me up from the desolate pit,*
   out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
   making my steps secure. 
He put a new song in my mouth,
   a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
   and put their trust in the Lord. 

Happy are those who make
   the Lord their trust,
who do not turn to the proud,
   to those who go astray after false gods. 
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
   your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us;
   none can compare with you.
Were I to proclaim and tell of them,
   they would be more than can be counted. 

Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,
   but you have given me an open ear.*
Burnt-offering and sin-offering
   you have not required. 
Then I said, ‘Here I am;
   in the scroll of the book it is written of me.* 
I delight to do your will, O my God;
   your law is within my heart.’ 

I have told the glad news of deliverance
   in the great congregation;
see, I have not restrained my lips,
   as you know, O Lord. 
I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
   I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   from the great congregation. 

Do not, O Lord, withhold
   your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
   keep me safe for ever. 
For evils have encompassed me
   without number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
   until I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head,
   and my heart fails me. 

Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
   O Lord, make haste to help me. 
Let all those be put to shame and confusion
   who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
   who desire my hurt. 
Let those be appalled because of their shame
   who say to me, ‘Aha, Aha!’ 

But may all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
   say continually, ‘Great is the Lord!’ 
As for me, I am poor and needy,
   but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
   do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 54

Save me, O God, by your name,
   and vindicate me by your might. 
Hear my prayer, O God;
   give ear to the words of my mouth. 

For the insolent have risen against me,
   the ruthless seek my life;
   they do not set God before them.

But surely, God is my helper;
   the Lord is the upholder of* my life. 
He will repay my enemies for their evil.
   In your faithfulness, put an end to them. 

With a freewill-offering I will sacrifice to you;
   I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
   and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
   blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
   and cleanse me from my sin. 

For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is ever before me. 
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
   and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
   and blameless when you pass judgement. 
Indeed, I was born guilty,
   a sinner when my mother conceived me. 

You desire truth in the inward being;*
   therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. 
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
   wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 
Let me hear joy and gladness;
   let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. 
Hide your face from my sins,
   and blot out all my iniquities. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right* spirit within me. 
Do not cast me away from your presence,
   and do not take your holy spirit from me. 
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing* spirit. 

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you. 
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
   O God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 

O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth will declare your praise. 
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased. 
The sacrifice acceptable to God* is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
   rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 
then you will delight in right sacrifices,
   in burnt-offerings and whole burnt-offerings;
   then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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