Tuesday 4 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 4 October 2022  

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Micah 1:1-9

The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of
Kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah, which he saw concerning
Samaria and Jerusalem. 

Hear, you peoples, all of you;
   listen, O earth, and all that is in it;
and let the Lord God be a witness against you,
   the Lord from his holy temple. 
For lo, the Lord is coming out of his place,
   and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. 
Then the mountains will melt under him
   and the valleys will burst open,
like wax near the fire,
   like waters poured down a steep place. 
All this is for the transgression of Jacob
   and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
   Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place* of Judah?
   Is it not Jerusalem? 
Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,
   a place for planting vineyards.
I will pour down her stones into the valley,
   and uncover her foundations. 
All her images shall be beaten to pieces,
   all her wages shall be burned with fire,
   and all her idols I will lay waste;
for as the wages of a prostitute she gathered them,
   and as the wages of a prostitute they shall again be used. 

For this I will lament and wail;
   I will go barefoot and naked;
I will make lamentation like the jackals,
   and mourning like the ostriches. 
For her wound* is incurable.
   It has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
   to Jerusalem.
Acts 23:12-24

In the morning the Jews joined in a conspiracy and bound themselves by
an oath neither to eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. There
were more than forty who joined in this conspiracy. They went to the
chief priests and elders and said, ‘We have strictly bound ourselves
by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Paul. Now then, you
and the council must notify the tribune to bring him down to you, on
the pretext that you want to make a more thorough examination of his
case. And we are ready to do away with him before he arrives.’

 Now the son of Paul’s sister heard about the ambush; so he went
and gained entrance to the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of
the centurions and said, ‘Take this young man to the tribune, for he
has something to report to him.’ So he took him, brought him to the
tribune, and said, ‘The prisoner Paul called me and asked me to
bring this young man to you; he has something to tell you.’ The
tribune took him by the hand, drew him aside privately, and asked,
‘What is it that you have to report to me?’ He answered, ‘The
Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council
tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more thoroughly into
his case. But do not be persuaded by them, for more than forty of
their men are lying in ambush for him. They have bound themselves by
an oath neither to eat nor drink until they kill him. They are ready
now and are waiting for your consent.’ So the tribune dismissed the
young man, ordering him, ‘Tell no one that you have informed me of
 Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, ‘Get ready to
leave by nine o’clock tonight for Caesarea with two hundred
soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen. Also provide
mounts for Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor.’
Luke 7:1-17

After Jesus* had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the
people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he
valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about
Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal
his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly,
saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves
our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.’ And Jesus
went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion
sent friends to say to him, ‘Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am
not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume
to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I
say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he
comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ When
Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that
followed him, he said, ‘I tell you, not even in Israel have I found
such faith.’ When those who had been sent returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.
 Soon afterwards* he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples
and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the
town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s
only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the
town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to
her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then he came forward and touched the bier, and
the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you,
rise!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus* gave him
to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God,
saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has
looked favourably on his people!’ This word about him spread
throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.
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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