Wednesday 5 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 5 October 2022 

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Micah 2:1-13

Alas for those who devise wickedness
   and evil deeds* on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
   because it is in their power. 
They covet fields, and seize them;
   houses, and take them away;
they oppress householder and house,
   people and their inheritance. 
Therefore, thus says the Lord:
Now, I am devising against this family an evil
   from which you cannot remove your necks;
and you shall not walk haughtily,
   for it will be an evil time. 
On that day they shall take up a taunt-song against you,
   and wail with bitter lamentation,
and say, ‘We are utterly ruined;
   the Lord * alters the inheritance of my people;
how he removes it from me!
   Among our captors* he parcels out our fields.’ 
Therefore you will have no one to cast the line by lot
   in the assembly of the Lord. 

‘Do not preach’—thus they preach—
   ‘one should not preach of such things;
   disgrace will not overtake us.’ 
Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
   Is the Lord’s patience exhausted?
   Are these his doings?
Do not my words do good
   to one who walks uprightly? 
But you rise up against my people* as an enemy;
   you strip the robe from the peaceful,*
from those who pass by trustingly
   with no thought of war. 
The women of my people you drive out
   from their pleasant houses;
from their young children you take away
   my glory for ever. 
Arise and go;
   for this is no place to rest,
because of uncleanness that destroys
   with a grievous destruction.* 
If someone were to go about uttering empty falsehoods,
   saying, ‘I will preach to you of wine and strong drink’,
   such a one would be the preacher for this people! 

I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob,
   I will gather the survivors of Israel;
I will set them together
   like sheep in a fold,
like a flock in its pasture;
   it will resound with people. 
The one who breaks out will go up before them;
   they will break through and pass the gate,
   going out by it.
Their king will pass on before them,
   the Lord at their head.

Acts 23:23-35

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.’ He wrote a
letter to this effect:

 ‘Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them,
but when I had learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with the
guard and rescued him. Since I wanted to know the charge for which
they accused him, I had him brought to their council. I found that he
was accused concerning questions of their law, but was charged with
nothing deserving death or imprisonment. When I was informed that
there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once,
ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against

 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and
brought him during the night to Antipatris. The next day they let the
horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. When
they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they
presented Paul also before him. On reading the letter, he asked what
province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia,
he said, ‘I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.’
Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s
Luke 7:18-35

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John
summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are
you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ When the
men had come to him, they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to you
to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for
another?” ’ Jesus* had just then cured many people of diseases,
plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind.
And he answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you have seen and
heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers* are
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news
brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

 When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus* began to speak to the
crowds about John:* ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look
at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see?
Someone* dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing
and live in luxury are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to
see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the
one about whom it is written,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way before you.” 
I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet
the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.’ (And all the
people who heard this, including the tax-collectors, acknowledged the
justice of God,* because they had been baptized with John’s baptism.
But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers
rejected God’s purpose for themselves.)

 ‘To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and
what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market-place
and calling to one another,
“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
   we wailed, and you did not weep.” 
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine,
and you say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man has come eating and
drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of
tax-collectors and sinners!” Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by
all her children.’
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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