Saturday 23 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 23 July 2022 

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Joshua 23:1-16

A long time afterwards, when the Lord had given rest to Israel from
all their enemies all around, and Joshua was old and well advanced in
years, Joshua summoned all Israel, their elders and heads, their
judges and officers, and said to them, ‘I am now old and well
advanced in years; and you have seen all that the Lord your God has
done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God
who has fought for you. I have allotted to you as an inheritance for
your tribes those nations that remain, along with all the nations that
I have already cut off, from the Jordan to the Great Sea in the west.
The Lord your God will push them back before you, and drive them out
of your sight; and you shall possess their land, as the Lord your God
promised you. Therefore be very steadfast to observe and do all that
is written in the book of the law of Moses, turning aside from it
neither to the right nor to the left, so that you may not be mixed
with these nations left here among you, or make mention of the names
of their gods, or swear by them, or serve them, or bow yourselves down
to them, but hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have done to this
day. For the Lord has driven out before you great and strong nations;
and as for you, no one has been able to withstand you to this day. One
of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who
fights for you, as he promised you. Be very careful, therefore, to
love the Lord your God. For if you turn back, and join the survivors
of these nations left here among you, and intermarry with them, so
that you marry their women and they yours, know assuredly that the
Lord your God will not continue to drive out these nations before you;
but they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a scourge on your sides,
and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land that the
Lord your God has given you.

 ‘And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know
in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one thing has failed of
all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you;
all have come to pass for you, not one of them has failed. But just as
all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you
have been fulfilled for you, so the Lord will bring upon you all the
bad things, until he has destroyed you from this good land that the
Lord your God has given you. If you transgress the covenant of the
Lord your God, which he enjoined on you, and go and serve other gods
and bow down to them, then the anger of the Lord will be kindled
against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land that he
has given to you.’
Romans 15:25-33

At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the
saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their
resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. They were
pleased to do this, and indeed they owe it to them; for if the
Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought
also to be of service to them in material things. So, when I have
completed this, and have delivered to them what has been collected,* I
will set out by way of you to Spain; and I know that when I come to
you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing* of Christ.

 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* by our Lord Jesus Christ and
by the love of the Spirit, to join me in earnest prayer to God on my
behalf, that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that
my ministry* to Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, so that by
God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your
company. The God of peace be with all of you.* Amen.

Matthew 27:11-23

Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him,
‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You say so.’ But
when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not
answer. Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many
accusations they make against you?’ But he gave him no answer, not
even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
 Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a
prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had
a notorious prisoner, called Jesus* Barabbas. So after they had
gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for
you, Jesus* Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’* For he
realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.
While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him,
‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have
suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ Now the chief
priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to
have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the
two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said,
‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with
Jesus who is called the Messiah?’* All of them said, ‘Let him be
crucified!’ Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But
they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 55

Psalm 55

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from my supplication. 
Attend to me, and answer me;
   I am troubled in my complaint.
I am distraught by the noise of the enemy,
   because of the clamour of the wicked.
For they bring* trouble upon me,
   and in anger they cherish enmity against me. 

My heart is in anguish within me,
   the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 
Fear and trembling come upon me,
   and horror overwhelms me. 
And I say, ‘O that I had wings like a dove!
   I would fly away and be at rest; 
truly, I would flee far away;
   I would lodge in the wilderness;
I would hurry to find a shelter for myself
   from the raging wind and tempest.’ 

Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech;
   for I see violence and strife in the city. 
Day and night they go around it
   on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it; 
   ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
   do not depart from its market-place. 

It is not enemies who taunt me—
   I could bear that;
it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—
   I could hide from them. 
But it is you, my equal,
   my companion, my familiar friend, 
with whom I kept pleasant company;
   we walked in the house of God with the throng. 
Let death come upon them;
   let them go down alive to Sheol;
   for evil is in their homes and in their hearts. 

But I call upon God,
   and the Lord will save me. 
Evening and morning and at noon
   I utter my complaint and moan,
   and he will hear my voice. 
He will redeem me unharmed
   from the battle that I wage,
   for many are arrayed against me. 
God, who is enthroned from of old,
   will hear, and will humble them—
because they do not change,
   and do not fear God. 

My companion laid hands on a friend
   and violated a covenant with me* 
with speech smoother than butter,
   but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
   but in fact were drawn swords. 

Cast your burden* on the Lord,
   and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
   the righteous to be moved. 

But you, O God, will cast them down
   into the lowest pit;
the bloodthirsty and treacherous
   shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 138, 139

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise; 
I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything.* 
On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul.* 

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth. 
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord. 
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away. 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me. 
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away. 
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways. 
Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely. 
You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it. 

Where can I go from your spirit?
   Or where can I flee from your presence? 
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
   if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 
If I take the wings of the morning
   and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me fast. 
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light around me become night’, 
even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. 

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. 
   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed. 
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end*—I am still with you. 

O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
   and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me— 
those who speak of you maliciously,
   and lift themselves up against you for evil!* 
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
   And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 
I hate them with perfect hatred;
   I count them my enemies. 
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my thoughts. 
See if there is any wicked* way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.*

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