Friday 13 May 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Exodus 34:18-35

You shall keep the festival of unleavened bread. For seven days you
shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed
in the month of Abib; for in the month of Abib you came out from

 All that first opens the womb is mine, all your male* livestock, the
firstborn of cow and sheep. The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem
with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck.
All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem.

No one shall appear before me empty-handed.

 For six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest;
even in ploughing time and in harvest time you shall rest. You shall
observe the festival of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and
the festival of ingathering at the turn of the year. Three times in
the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God, the God of
Israel. For I will cast out nations before you, and enlarge your
borders; no one shall covet your land when you go up to appear before
the Lord your God three times in the year.

 You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven, and the
sacrifice of the festival of the passover shall not be left until the

 The best of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring to the
house of the Lord your God.

You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.

 The Lord said to Moses: Write these words; in accordance with these
words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. He was there
with the Lord for forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread
nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the
covenant, the ten commandments.*
 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain
with the two tablets of the covenant* in his hand, Moses did not know
that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.
When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was
shining, and they were afraid to come near him. But Moses called to
them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to
him, and Moses spoke with them. Afterwards all the Israelites came
near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken
with him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them,
he put a veil on his face; but whenever Moses went in before the Lord
to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and
when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face
was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he
went in to speak with him.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we decided to be left alone
in Athens; and we sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God in
proclaiming* the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for
the sake of your faith, so that no one would be shaken by these
persecutions. Indeed, you yourselves know that this is what we are
destined for. In fact, when we were with you, we told you beforehand
that we were to suffer persecution; so it turned out, as you know. For
this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about
your faith; I was afraid that somehow the tempter had tempted you and
that our labour had been in vain.
 But Timothy has just now come to us from you, and has brought us the
good news of your faith and love. He has told us also that you always
remember us kindly and long to see us—just as we long to see you.
For this reason, brothers and sisters,* during all our distress and
persecution we have been encouraged about you through your faith. For
we now live, if you continue to stand firm in the Lord. How can we
thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before
our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we
may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your

 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way
to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one
another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so
strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before
our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his
Matthew 5:27-37

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit
adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with
lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your
right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is
better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to
be thrown into hell.* And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it
off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your
members than for your whole body to go into hell.*
 ‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her
a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that anyone who divorces
his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit
adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
 ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times,
“You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made
to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by
heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his
footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And
do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or
black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more
than this comes from the evil one.
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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