Thursday 16 June 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 16 June 2022  

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Numbers 12:1-16

While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses
because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had indeed
married a Cushite woman); and they said, ‘Has the Lord spoken only
through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?’ And the Lord
heard it. Now the man Moses was very humble,* more so than anyone else
on the face of the earth. Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and
Miriam, ‘Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.’ So the
three of them came out. Then the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud,
and stood at the entrance of the tent, and called Aaron and Miriam;
and they both came forward. And he said, ‘Hear my words:
When there are prophets among you,
   I the Lord make myself known to them in visions;
   I speak to them in dreams. 
Not so with my servant Moses;
   he is entrusted with all my house. 
With him I speak face to face—clearly, not in riddles;
   and he beholds the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?’ And
the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed.

 When the cloud went away from over the tent, Miriam had become
leprous,* as white as snow. And Aaron turned towards Miriam and saw
that she was leprous. Then Aaron said to Moses, ‘Oh, my lord, do not
punish us* for a sin that we have so foolishly committed. Do not let
her be like one stillborn, whose flesh is half consumed when it comes
out of its mother’s womb.’ And Moses cried to the Lord, ‘O God,
please heal her.’ But the Lord said to Moses, ‘If her father had
but spat in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let
her be shut out of the camp for seven days, and after that she may be
brought in again.’ So Miriam was shut out of the camp for seven
days; and the people did not set out on the march until Miriam had
been brought in again. After that the people set out from Hazeroth,
and camped in the wilderness of Paran.
Romans 2:12-24

All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the
law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s
sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles,
who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires,
these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show
that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their
own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will
accuse or perhaps excuse them on the day when, according to my gospel,
God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.
 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast of your
relation to God and know his will and determine what is best because
you are instructed in the law, and if you are sure that you are a
guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector
of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the
embodiment of knowledge and truth, you, then, that teach others, will
you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you
steal? You that forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You that
abhor idols, do you rob temples? You that boast in the law, do you
dishonour God by breaking the law? For, as it is written, ‘The name
of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’
Matthew 18:10-20

‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I
tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father
in heaven.* What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and
one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the
mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he
finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the
ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your*
Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
 ‘If another member of the church* sins against you,* go and point
out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to
you, you have regained that one.* But if you are not listened to, take
one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed
by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to
listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to
listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a
tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be
bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in
heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about
anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For
where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 34, 83

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times;
   his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
   let the humble hear and be glad. 
O magnify the Lord with me,
   and let us exalt his name together. 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
   and delivered me from all my fears. 
Look to him, and be radiant;
   so your* faces shall never be ashamed. 
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
   and was saved from every trouble. 
The angel of the Lord encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them. 
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
   happy are those who take refuge in him. 
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
   for those who fear him have no want. 
The young lions suffer want and hunger,
   but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

Come, O children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
Which of you desires life,
   and covets many days to enjoy good? 
Keep your tongue from evil,
   and your lips from speaking deceit. 
Depart from evil, and do good;
   seek peace, and pursue it. 

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their cry. 
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
   to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
   and rescues them from all their troubles. 
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
   and saves the crushed in spirit. 

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
   but the Lord rescues them from them all. 
He keeps all their bones;
   not one of them will be broken. 
Evil brings death to the wicked,
   and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
   none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 83

O God, do not keep silence;
   do not hold your peace or be still, O God! 
Even now your enemies are in tumult;
   those who hate you have raised their heads. 
They lay crafty plans against your people;
   they consult together against those you protect. 
They say, ‘Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
   let the name of Israel be remembered no more.’ 
They conspire with one accord;
   against you they make a covenant— 
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
   Moab and the Hagrites, 
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
   Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 
Assyria also has joined them;
   they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.

Do to them as you did to Midian,
   as to Sisera and Jabin at the Wadi Kishon, 
who were destroyed at En-dor,
   who became dung for the ground. 
Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
   all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, 
who said, ‘Let us take the pastures of God
   for our own possession.’ 

O my God, make them like whirling dust,*
   like chaff before the wind. 
As fire consumes the forest,
   as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, 
so pursue them with your tempest
   and terrify them with your hurricane. 
Fill their faces with shame,
   so that they may seek your name, O Lord. 
Let them be put to shame and dismayed for ever;
   let them perish in disgrace. 
Let them know that you alone,
   whose name is the Lord,
   are the Most High over all the earth.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 85, 86

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favourable to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
   you pardoned all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath;
   you turned from your hot anger. 

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
   and put away your indignation towards us. 
Will you be angry with us for ever?
   Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 
Will you not revive us again,
   so that your people may rejoice in you? 
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation. 

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
   for he will speak peace to his people,
   to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.* 
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land. 

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky. 
The Lord will give what is good,
   and our land will yield its increase. 
Righteousness will go before him,
   and will make a path for his steps.

Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
   for I am poor and needy. 
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
   save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
   for to you do I cry all day long. 
Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. 
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
   listen to my cry of supplication. 
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
   for you will answer me. 

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
   nor are there any works like yours. 
All the nations you have made shall come
   and bow down before you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name. 
For you are great and do wondrous things;
   you alone are God. 
Teach me your way, O Lord,
   that I may walk in your truth;
   give me an undivided heart to revere your name. 
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
   and I will glorify your name for ever. 
For great is your steadfast love towards me;
   you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 

O God, the insolent rise up against me;
   a band of ruffians seeks my life,
   and they do not set you before them. 
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
   give your strength to your servant;
   save the child of your serving-maid. 
Show me a sign of your favour,
   so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
   because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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