Tuesday 26 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 26 July 2022

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Judges 2:1-5,11-23

Now the angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said,
‘I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you into the land that I
had promised to your ancestors. I said, “I will never break my
covenant with you. For your part, do not make a covenant with the
inhabitants of this land; tear down their altars.” But you have not
obeyed my command. See what you have done! So now I say, I will not
drive them out before you; but they shall become adversaries* to you,
and their gods shall be a snare to you.’ When the angel of the Lord
spoke these words to all the Israelites, the people lifted up their
voices and wept. So they named that place Bochim,* and there they
sacrificed to the Lord.
 Then the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and
worshipped the Baals; and they abandoned the Lord, the God of their
ancestors, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they
followed other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were all
around them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to
anger. They abandoned the Lord, and worshipped Baal and the Astartes.
So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he gave them
over to plunderers who plundered them, and he sold them into the power
of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer withstand
their enemies. Whenever they marched out, the hand of the Lord was
against them to bring misfortune, as the Lord had warned them and
sworn to them; and they were in great distress.

 Then the Lord raised up judges, who delivered them out of the power
of those who plundered them. Yet they did not listen even to their
judges; for they lusted after other gods and bowed down to them. They
soon turned aside from the way in which their ancestors had walked,
who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord; they did not follow their
example. Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was
with the judge, and he delivered them from the hand of their enemies
all the days of the judge; for the Lord would be moved to pity by
their groaning because of those who persecuted and oppressed them. But
whenever the judge died, they would relapse and behave worse than
their ancestors, following other gods, worshipping them and bowing
down to them. They would not drop any of their practices or their
stubborn ways. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel;
and he said, ‘Because this people have transgressed my covenant that
I commanded their ancestors, and have not obeyed my voice, I will no
longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when
he died.’ In order to test Israel, whether or not they would take
care to walk in the way of the Lord as their ancestors did, the Lord
had left those nations, not driving them out at once, and had not
handed them over to Joshua.
Romans 16:17-27

I urge you, brothers and sisters,* to keep an eye on those who cause
dissensions and offences, in opposition to the teaching that you have
learned; avoid them. For such people do not serve our Lord Christ, but
their own appetites,* and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the
hearts of the simple-minded. For while your obedience is known to all,
so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise in what is good, and
guileless in what is evil. The God of peace will shortly crush Satan
under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.*

 Timothy, my co-worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and
Sosipater, my relatives.*

 I Tertius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord.*

 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you.
Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.* 

 Now to God* who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and
the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the
mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and
through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles,
according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the
obedience of faith— to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to
whom* be the glory for ever! Amen.*
Matthew 27:32-44

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they
compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place
called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine
to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink
it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among
themselves by casting lots;* then they sat down there and kept watch
over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read,
‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’

 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one
on his left. Those who passed by derided* him, shaking their heads and
saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three
days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the
cross.’ In the same way the chief priests also, along with the
scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, ‘He saved others; he
cannot save himself.* He is the King of Israel; let him come down from
the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God
deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”
’ The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the
same way.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 61, 62

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God;
   listen to my prayer. 
>From the end of the earth I call to you,
   when my heart is faint. 

Lead me to the rock
   that is higher than I; 
for you are my refuge,
   a strong tower against the enemy. 

Let me abide in your tent for ever,
   find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
   you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 

Prolong the life of the king;
   may his years endure to all generations! 
May he be enthroned for ever before God;
   appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! 

So I will always sing praises to your name,
   as I pay my vows day after day.

Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
   from him comes my salvation. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my fortress; I shall never be shaken. 

How long will you assail a person,
   will you batter your victim, all of you,
   as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
   They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
   but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
   for my hope is from him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 
On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
   my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 

Trust in him at all times, O people;
   pour out your heart before him;
   God is a refuge for us.

Those of low estate are but a breath,
   those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
   they are together lighter than a breath. 
Put no confidence in extortion,
   and set no vain hopes on robbery;
   if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 

Once God has spoken;
   twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God, 
   and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
   according to their work.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 68

Psalm 68

Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
   let those who hate him flee before him. 
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
   as wax melts before the fire,
   let the wicked perish before God. 
But let the righteous be joyful;
   let them exult before God;
   let them be jubilant with joy. 

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
   lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds*—
his name is the Lord—
   be exultant before him. 

Father of orphans and protector of widows
   is God in his holy habitation. 
God gives the desolate a home to live in;
   he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
   but the rebellious live in a parched land. 

O God, when you went out before your people,
   when you marched through the wilderness,
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
   at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
   at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 
Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
   you restored your heritage when it languished; 
your flock found a dwelling in it;
   in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy. 

The Lord gives the command;
   great is the company of those* who bore the tidings: 
   ‘The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!’
The women at home divide the spoil, 
   though they stay among the sheepfolds—
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
   its pinions with green gold. 
When the Almighty* scattered kings there,
   snow fell on Zalmon. 

O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;
   O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan! 
Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain,
   at the mount that God desired for his abode,
   where the Lord will reside for ever? 

With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,
   thousands upon thousands,
   the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.* 
You ascended the high mount,
   leading captives in your train
   and receiving gifts from people,
even from those who rebel against the Lord God’s abiding there. 
Blessed be the Lord,
   who daily bears us up;
   God is our salvation.
Our God is a God of salvation,
   and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death. 

But God will shatter the heads of his enemies,
   the hairy crown of those who walk in their guilty ways. 
The Lord said,
   ‘I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, 
so that you may bathe* your feet in blood,
   so that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the

Your solemn processions are seen,* O God,
   the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary— 
the singers in front, the musicians last,
   between them girls playing tambourines: 
‘Bless God in the great congregation,
   the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!’ 
There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
   the princes of Judah in a body,
   the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 

Summon your might, O God;
   show your strength, O God, as you have done for us before. 
Because of your temple at Jerusalem
   kings bear gifts to you. 
Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds,
   the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample* under foot those who lust after tribute;
   scatter the peoples who delight in war.* 
Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
   let Ethiopia* hasten to stretch out its hands to God. 

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
   sing praises to the Lord,
O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
   listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 
Ascribe power to God,
   whose majesty is over Israel;
   and whose power is in the skies. 
Awesome is God in his* sanctuary,
   the God of Israel;
   he gives power and strength to his people. 

Blessed be God!

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