Wednesday 2 November 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 2 November 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 43:23-33

By his plan he stilled the deep
   and planted islands in it. 
Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers,
   and we marvel at what we hear. 
In it are strange and marvellous creatures,
   all kinds of living things, and huge sea-monsters. 
Because of him each of his messengers succeeds,
   and by his word all things hold together. 

We could say more but could never say enough;
   let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’ 
Where can we find the strength to praise him?
   For he is greater than all his works. 
Awesome is the Lord and very great,
   and marvellous is his power. 
Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
   for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
   and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough. 
Who has seen him and can describe him?
   Or who can extol him as he is? 
Many things greater than these lie hidden,
   for I* have seen but few of his works. 
For the Lord has made all things,
   and to the godly he has given wisdom.
Revelation 16:1-11

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels,
‘Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of

 So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and a foul
and painful sore came on those who had the mark of the beast and who
worshipped its image.

 The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like
the blood of a corpse, and every living thing in the sea died.

 The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the springs of
water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say,
‘You are just, O Holy One, who are and were,
   for you have judged these things; 
because they shed the blood of saints and prophets,
   you have given them blood to drink.
It is what they deserve!’ 
And I heard the altar respond,
‘Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty,
   your judgements are true and just!’

 The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to
scorch people with fire; they were scorched by the fierce heat, but
they cursed the name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and
they did not repent and give him glory.

 The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its
kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in
agony, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores,
and they did not repent of their deeds.
Luke 13:10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just
then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for
eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up
straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman,
you are set free from your ailment.’ When he laid his hands on her,
immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the
leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the
sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work
ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the
sabbath day.’ But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites!
Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from
the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this
woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years,
be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ When he said
this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was
rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 72

Psalm 72

Give the king your justice, O God,
   and your righteousness to a king’s son. 
May he judge your people with righteousness,
   and your poor with justice. 
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
   and the hills, in righteousness. 
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
   give deliverance to the needy,
   and crush the oppressor. 

May he live* while the sun endures,
   and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
   like showers that water the earth. 
In his days may righteousness flourish
   and peace abound, until the moon is no more. 

May he have dominion from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth. 
May his foes* bow down before him,
   and his enemies lick the dust. 
May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
   render him tribute,
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
   bring gifts. 
May all kings fall down before him,
   all nations give him service. 

For he delivers the needy when they call,
   the poor and those who have no helper. 
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
   and saves the lives of the needy. 
>From oppression and violence he redeems their life;
   and precious is their blood in his sight. 

Long may he live!
   May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,
   and blessings invoked for him all day long. 
May there be abundance of grain in the land;
   may it wave on the tops of the mountains;
   may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
   like the grass of the field. 
May his name endure for ever,
   his fame continue as long as the sun.
May all nations be blessed in him;*
   may they pronounce him happy. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   who alone does wondrous things. 
Blessed be his glorious name for ever;
   may his glory fill the whole earth.Amen and Amen. 

The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 119:73-96

Psalm 119:73-96

Your hands have made and fashioned me;
   give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. 
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
   because I have hoped in your word. 
I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right,
   and that in faithfulness you have humbled me. 
Let your steadfast love become my comfort
   according to your promise to your servant. 
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
   for your law is my delight. 
Let the arrogant be put to shame,
   because they have subverted me with guile;
   as for me, I will meditate on your precepts. 
Let those who fear you turn to me,
   so that they may know your decrees. 
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
   so that I may not be put to shame. 

My soul languishes for your salvation;
   I hope in your word. 
My eyes fail with watching for your promise;
   I ask, ‘When will you comfort me?’ 
For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
   yet I have not forgotten your statutes. 
How long must your servant endure?
   When will you judge those who persecute me? 
The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me;
   they flout your law. 
All your commandments are enduring;
   I am persecuted without cause; help me! 
They have almost made an end of me on earth;
   but I have not forsaken your precepts. 
In your steadfast love spare my life,
   so that I may keep the decrees of your mouth. 

The Lord exists for ever;
   your word is firmly fixed in heaven. 
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
   you have established the earth, and it stands fast. 
By your appointment they stand today,
   for all things are your servants. 
If your law had not been my delight,
   I would have perished in my misery. 
I will never forget your precepts,
   for by them you have given me life. 
I am yours; save me,
   for I have sought your precepts. 
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
   but I consider your decrees. 
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
   but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

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