Friday 14 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 14 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 1:1-10, 18-27

All wisdom is from the Lord,
   and with him it remains for ever. 
The sand of the sea, the drops of rain,
   and the days of eternity—who can count them? 
The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth,
   the abyss, and wisdom*—who can search them out? 
Wisdom was created before all other things,
   and prudent understanding from eternity.* 
The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed?
   Her subtleties—who knows them?* 
There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared,
   seated upon his throne—the Lord. 
It is he who created her;
   he saw her and took her measure;
   he poured her out upon all his works, 
upon all the living according to his gift;
   he lavished her upon those who love him.* 

The fear of the Lord is the crown of wisdom,
   making peace and perfect health to flourish.* 
She rained down knowledge and discerning comprehension,
   and she heightened the glory of those who held her fast. 
To fear the Lord is the root of wisdom,
   and her branches are long life.* 

Unjust anger cannot be justified,
   for anger tips the scale to one’s ruin. 
Those who are patient stay calm until the right moment,
   and then cheerfulness comes back to them. 
They hold back their words until the right moment;
   then the lips of many tell of their good sense. 

In the treasuries of wisdom are wise sayings,
   but godliness is an abomination to a sinner. 
If you desire wisdom, keep the commandments,
   and the Lord will lavish her upon you. 
For the fear of the Lord is wisdom and discipline,
   fidelity and humility are his delight.
Acts 28:1-16

After we had reached safety, we then learned that the island was
called Malta. The natives showed us unusual kindness. Since it had
begun to rain and was cold, they kindled a fire and welcomed all of us
round it. Paul had gathered a bundle of brushwood and was putting it
on the fire, when a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on
his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand,
they said to one another, ‘This man must be a murderer; though he
has escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.’ He,
however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.
They were expecting him to swell up or drop dead, but after they had
waited a long time and saw that nothing unusual had happened to him,
they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god.

 Now in the neighbourhood of that place were lands belonging to the
leading man of the island, named Publius, who received us and
entertained us hospitably for three days. It so happened that the
father of Publius lay sick in bed with fever and dysentery. Paul
visited him and cured him by praying and putting his hands on him.
After this happened, the rest of the people on the island who had
diseases also came and were cured. They bestowed many honours on us,
and when we were about to sail, they put on board all the provisions
we needed.
 Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the
island, an Alexandrian ship with the Twin Brothers as its figurehead.
We put in at Syracuse and stayed there for three days; then we weighed
anchor and came to Rhegium. After one day there a south wind sprang
up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. There we found
believers* and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so
we came to Rome. The believers* from there, when they heard of us,
came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On
seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.

 When we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with
the soldier who was guarding him.
Luke 9:28-36

Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus* took with him Peter
and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he
was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes
became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah,
talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his
departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter
and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had
stayed awake,* they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is
good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings,* one for you, one
for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. While he
was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were
terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice
that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen;* listen to him!’ When the
voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in
those days told no one any of the things they had seen.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 16, 17

Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’*

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
   in whom is all my delight. 

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;*
   their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or take their names upon my lips. 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot. 
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage. 

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me. 
I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure. 
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit. 

You show me the path of life.
   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
>From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right. 

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress. 
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent. 
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped. 

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words. 
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand. 

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings, 
from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me. 
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 
They track me down;* now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush. 

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones. 

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 22

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest. 

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel. 
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them. 
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people. 
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God. 
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion. 

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
my mouth* is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled;* 
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots. 

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid! 
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life* from the power of the dog! 
   Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

>From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued* me. 
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;*
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,*
   but heard when I* cried to him. 

>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor* shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him.* 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

To him,* indeed, shall all who sleep in* the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him.* 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and* proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

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