Wednesday 29 June 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 29 June 2022 

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Numbers 22:41-23:12

On the next day Balak took Balaam and brought him up to Bamoth-baal;
and from there he could see part of the people of Israel.* Then Balaam
said to Balak, ‘Build me seven altars here, and prepare seven bulls
and seven rams for me.’ Balak did as Balaam had said; and Balak and
Balaam offered a bull and a ram on each altar. Then Balaam said to
Balak, ‘Stay here beside your burnt-offerings while I go aside.
Perhaps the Lord will come to meet me. Whatever he shows me I will
tell you.’ And he went to a bare height.

 Then God met Balaam; and Balaam said to him, ‘I have arranged the
seven altars, and have offered a bull and a ram on each altar.’ The
Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, ‘Return to Balak, and
this is what you must say.’ So he returned to Balak,* who was
standing beside his burnt-offerings with all the officials of Moab.
Then Balaam* uttered his oracle, saying:
‘Balak has brought me from Aram,
   the king of Moab from the eastern mountains:
“Come, curse Jacob for me;
   Come, denounce Israel!” 
How can I curse whom God has not cursed?
   How can I denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced? 
For from the top of the crags I see him,
   from the hills I behold him;
Here is a people living alone,
   and not reckoning itself among the nations! 
Who can count the dust of Jacob,
   or number the dust-cloud* of Israel?
Let me die the death of the upright,
   and let my end be like his!’

 Then Balak said to Balaam, ‘What have you done to me? I brought
you to curse my enemies, but now you have done nothing but bless
them.’ He answered, ‘Must I not take care to say what the Lord
puts into my mouth?’
Romans 7:13-25

Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin,
working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be
shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful
beyond measure.
 For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold
into slavery under sin.* I do not understand my own actions. For I do
not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I
do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer
I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing
good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right,
but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do
not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer
I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil
lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self,
but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind,
making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my
flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.
Matthew 21:33-46

‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a
vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a
watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.
When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to
collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one,
killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more
than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent
his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” But when the
tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir;
come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” So they seized him,
threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of
the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They said to
him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the
vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest

 Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
“The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone;*
this was the Lord’s doing,
   and it is amazing in our eyes”? 
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.* The
one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will
crush anyone on whom it falls.’*

 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they
realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him,
but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 119:145-176

Psalm 119:145-176

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord.
   I will keep your statutes. 
I cry to you; save me,
   that I may observe your decrees. 
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
   I put my hope in your words. 
My eyes are awake before each watch of the night,
   that I may meditate on your promise. 
In your steadfast love hear my voice;
   O Lord, in your justice preserve my life. 
Those who persecute me with evil purpose draw near;
   they are far from your law. 
Yet you are near, O Lord,
   and all your commandments are true. 
Long ago I learned from your decrees
   that you have established them for ever. 

Look on my misery and rescue me,
   for I do not forget your law. 
Plead my cause and redeem me;
   give me life according to your promise. 
Salvation is far from the wicked,
   for they do not seek your statutes. 
Great is your mercy, O Lord;
   give me life according to your justice. 
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
   yet I do not swerve from your decrees. 
I look at the faithless with disgust,
   because they do not keep your commands. 
Consider how I love your precepts;
   preserve my life according to your steadfast love. 
The sum of your word is truth;
   and every one of your righteous ordinances endures for ever. 

Princes persecute me without cause,
   but my heart stands in awe of your words. 
I rejoice at your word
   like one who finds great spoil. 
I hate and abhor falsehood,
   but I love your law. 
Seven times a day I praise you
   for your righteous ordinances. 
Great peace have those who love your law;
   nothing can make them stumble. 
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
   and I fulfil your commandments. 
My soul keeps your decrees;
   I love them exceedingly. 
I keep your precepts and decrees,
   for all my ways are before you. 

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
   give me understanding according to your word. 
Let my supplication come before you;
   deliver me according to your promise. 
My lips will pour forth praise,
   because you teach me your statutes. 
My tongue will sing of your promise,
   for all your commandments are right. 
Let your hand be ready to help me,
   for I have chosen your precepts. 
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
   and your law is my delight. 
Let me live that I may praise you,
   and let your ordinances help me. 
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,
   for I do not forget your commandments.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 128, 129, 130

Psalm 128

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
   who walks in his ways. 
You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands;
   you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
   within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
   around your table. 
Thus shall the man be blessed
   who fears the Lord. 

The Lord bless you from Zion.
   May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life. 
May you see your children’s children.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129

‘Often have they attacked me from my youth’
   —let Israel now say— 
‘often have they attacked me from my youth,
   yet they have not prevailed against me. 
Those who plough ploughed on my back;
   they made their furrows long.’ 
The Lord is righteous;
   he has cut the cords of the wicked. 
May all who hate Zion
   be put to shame and turned back. 
Let them be like the grass on the housetops
   that withers before it grows up, 
with which reapers do not fill their hands
   or binders of sheaves their arms, 
while those who pass by do not say,
   ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
   We bless you in the name of the Lord!’

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications! 

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand? 
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered. 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope; 
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem. 
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.

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