Tuesday 22 November 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 22 November 2022  

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Zechariah 11:4-17

Thus said the Lord my God: Be a shepherd of the flock doomed to
slaughter. Those who buy them kill them and go unpunished; and those
who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, for I have become rich’;
and their own shepherds have no pity on them. For I will no longer
have pity on the inhabitants of the earth, says the Lord. I will cause
them, every one, to fall each into the hand of a neighbour, and each
into the hand of the king; and they shall devastate the earth, and I
will deliver no one from their hand.

 So, on behalf of the sheep dealers, I became the shepherd of the
flock doomed to slaughter. I took two staffs; one I named Favour, the
other I named Unity, and I tended the sheep. In one month I disposed
of the three shepherds, for I had become impatient with them, and they
also detested me. So I said, ‘I will not be your shepherd. What is
to die, let it die; what is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and
let those that are left devour the flesh of one another!’ I took my
staff Favour and broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with
all the peoples. So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep
dealers, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord.
I then said to them, ‘If it seems right to you, give me my wages;
but if not, keep them.’ So they weighed out as my wages thirty
shekels of silver. Then the Lord said to me, ‘Throw it into the
treasury’*—this lordly price at which I was valued by them. So I
took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them into the treasury* in
the house of the Lord. Then I broke my second staff Unity, annulling
the family ties between Judah and Israel.

 Then the Lord said to me: Take once more the implements of a
worthless shepherd. For I am now raising up in the land a shepherd who
does not care for the perishing, or seek the wandering,* or heal the
maimed, or nourish the healthy,* but devours the flesh of the fat
ones, tearing off even their hoofs. 
Oh, my worthless shepherd,
   who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm
   and his right eye!
Let his arm be completely withered,
   his right eye utterly blinded! 
1 Corinthians 3:10-23

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master
builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each
builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay
any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation
is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— the work of each builder
will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be
revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has
done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder
will receive a reward. If the work is burned, the builder will suffer
loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit
dwells in you?* If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy
that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this
age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written,
‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’, 
and again,
‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise,
   that they are futile.’ 
So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours,
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the
present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ,
and Christ belongs to God.
Luke 18:31-43

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, ‘See, we are going
up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man
by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to
the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After
they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he
will rise again.’ But they understood nothing about all these
things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not
grasp what was said.
 As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside
begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening.
They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth* is passing by.’ Then he
shouted, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who were
in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more
loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and
ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked
him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me
see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has
saved you.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him,
glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 120, 121, 122, 123

Psalm 120

In my distress I cry to the Lord,
   that he may answer me: 
‘Deliver me, O Lord,
   from lying lips,
   from a deceitful tongue.’ 

What shall be given to you?
   And what more shall be done to you,
   you deceitful tongue? 
A warrior’s sharp arrows,
   with glowing coals of the broom tree! 

Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech,
   that I must live among the tents of Kedar. 
Too long have I had my dwelling
   among those who hate peace. 
I am for peace;
   but when I speak,
   they are for war.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
   from where will my help come? 
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber. 
He who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep. 

The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night. 

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life. 
The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in
   from this time on and for evermore.

Psalm 122
I was glad when they said to me,
   ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ 
Our feet are standing
   within your gates, O Jerusalem. 

Jerusalem—built as a city
   that is bound firmly together. 
To it the tribes go up,
   the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
   to give thanks to the name of the Lord. 
For there the thrones for judgement were set up,
   the thrones of the house of David. 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
   ‘May they prosper who love you. 
Peace be within your walls,
   and security within your towers.’ 
For the sake of my relatives and friends
   I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ 
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
   I will seek your good.

Psalm 123

To you I lift up my eyes,
   O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 
As the eyes of servants
   look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
   to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
   until he has mercy upon us. 

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
   for we have had more than enough of contempt. 
Our soul has had more than its fill
   of the scorn of those who are at ease,
   of the contempt of the proud.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 124, 125, 126, 127

Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
   —let Israel now say— 
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
   when our enemies attacked us, 
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
   when their anger was kindled against us; 
then the flood would have swept us away,
   the torrent would have gone over us; 
then over us would have gone
   the raging waters. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   who has not given us
   as prey to their teeth. 
We have escaped like a bird
   from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
   and we have escaped. 

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
   which cannot be moved, but abides for ever. 
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
   so the Lord surrounds his people,
   from this time on and for evermore. 
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest
   on the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous may not stretch out
   their hands to do wrong. 
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
   and to those who are upright in their hearts. 
But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways
   the Lord will lead away with evildoers.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,*
   we were like those who dream. 
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ 
The Lord has done great things for us,
   and we rejoiced. 

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
   like the watercourses in the Negeb. 
May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy. 
Those who go out weeping,
   bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
   carrying their sheaves.

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
   those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
   the guard keeps watch in vain. 
It is in vain that you rise up early
   and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
   for he gives sleep to his beloved.* 

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
   the fruit of the womb a reward. 
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
   are the sons of one’s youth. 
Happy is the man who has
   his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
   when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

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