Monday 10 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 10 October 2022  

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Micah 7:1-7

Woe is me! For I have become like one who,
   after the summer fruit has been gathered,
   after the vintage has been gleaned,
finds no cluster to eat;
   there is no first-ripe fig for which I hunger. 
The faithful have disappeared from the land,
   and there is no one left who is upright;
they all lie in wait for blood,
   and they hunt each other with nets. 
Their hands are skilled to do evil;
   the official and the judge ask for a bribe,
and the powerful dictate what they desire;
   thus they pervert justice.* 
The best of them is like a brier,
   the most upright of them a thorn hedge.
The day of their* sentinels, of their* punishment, has come;
   now their confusion is at hand. 
Put no trust in a friend,
   have no confidence in a loved one;
guard the doors of your mouth
   from her who lies in your embrace; 
for the son treats the father with contempt,
   the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
   your enemies are members of your own household. 
But as for me, I will look to the Lord,
   I will wait for the God of my salvation;
   my God will hear me.
Acts 26:1-23

Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You have permission to speak for yourself.’
Then Paul stretched out his hand and began to defend himself:

 ‘I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa,
I am to make my defence today against all the accusations of the Jews,
because you are especially familiar with all the customs and
controversies of the Jews; therefore I beg of you to listen to me

 ‘All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, a life spent from
the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem. They have known
for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I have belonged
to the strictest sect of our religion and lived as a Pharisee. And now
I stand here on trial on account of my hope in the promise made by God
to our ancestors, a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain, as
they earnestly worship day and night. It is for this hope, your
Excellency,* that I am accused by Jews! Why is it thought incredible
by any of you that God raises the dead?

 ‘Indeed, I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things
against the name of Jesus of Nazareth.* And that is what I did in
Jerusalem; with authority received from the chief priests, I not only
locked up many of the saints in prison, but I also cast my vote
against them when they were being condemned to death. By punishing
them often in all the synagogues I tried to force them to blaspheme;
and since I was so furiously enraged at them, I pursued them even to
foreign cities.
 ‘With this in mind, I was travelling to Damascus with the
authority and commission of the chief priests, when at midday along
the road, your Excellency,* I saw a light from heaven, brighter than
the sun, shining around me and my companions. When we had all fallen
to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew* language,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick
against the goads.” I asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The Lord
answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand
on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint
you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me* and
to those in which I will appear to you. I will rescue you from your
people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their
eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power
of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a
place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”
 ‘After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly
vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and
throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that
they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with
repentance. For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried
to kill me. To this day I have had help from God, and so I stand here,
testifying to both small and great, saying nothing but what the
prophets and Moses said would take place: that the Messiah* must
suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would
proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.’
Luke 8:26-39

Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes,* which is opposite
Galilee. As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons
met him. For a long time he had worn* no clothes, and he did not live
in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before
him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with
me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment
me’— for Jesus* had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of
the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard
and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and
be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, ‘What
is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered
him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the
demons* begged Jesus* to let them enter these. So he gave them
permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine,
and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

 When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it
in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had
happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom
the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his
right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how
the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the
people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes* asked Jesus* to
leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the
boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that
he might be with him; but Jesus* sent him away, saying, ‘Return to
your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went
away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’ 

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ 

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you* in God.’

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’ 
You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement. 
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high. 
The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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