Monday 17 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 17 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 4:20-5:7

Watch for the opportune time, and beware of evil,
   and do not be ashamed to be yourself. 
For there is a shame that leads to sin,
   and there is a shame that is glory and favour. 
Do not show partiality, to your own harm,
   or deference, to your downfall. 
Do not refrain from speaking at the proper moment,*
   and do not hide your wisdom.* 
For wisdom becomes known through speech,
   and education through the words of the tongue. 
Never speak against the truth,
   but be ashamed of your ignorance. 
Do not be ashamed to confess your sins,
   and do not try to stop the current of a river. 
Do not subject yourself to a fool,
   or show partiality to a ruler. 
Fight to the death for truth,
   and the Lord God will fight for you. 

Do not be reckless in your speech,
   or sluggish and remiss in your deeds. 
Do not be like a lion in your home,
   or suspicious of your servants. 
Do not let your hand be stretched out to receive
   and closed when it is time to give. 

Do not rely on your wealth,
   or say, ‘I have enough.’ 
Do not follow your inclination and strength
   in pursuing the desires of your heart. 
Do not say, ‘Who can have power over me?’
   for the Lord will surely punish you. 

Do not say, ‘I sinned, yet what has happened to me?’
   for the Lord is slow to anger. 
Do not be so confident of forgiveness*
   that you add sin to sin. 
Do not say, ‘His mercy is great,
   he will forgive* the multitude of my sins’,
for both mercy and wrath are with him,
   and his anger will rest on sinners. 
Do not delay to turn back to the Lord,
   and do not postpone it from day to day;
for suddenly the wrath of the Lord will come upon you,
   and at the time of punishment you will perish.
Revelation 7:1-8

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the
earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could
blow on earth or sea or against any tree. I saw another angel
ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living
God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been
given power to damage earth and sea, saying, ‘Do not damage the
earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants* of
our God with a seal on their foreheads.’

 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and
forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the people of
Israel: 5From the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed,from the tribe
of Reuben twelve thousand,from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, 6from
the tribe of Asher twelve thousand,from the tribe of Naphtali twelve
thousand,from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, 7from the tribe
of Simeon twelve thousand,from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand,from
the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, 8from the tribe of Zebulun
twelve thousand,from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand,from the
tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed.
Luke 9:51-62

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go
to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they
entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they
did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. When
his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want
us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’* But
he turned and rebuked them. Then* they went on to another village.
 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will
follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have
holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere
to lay his head.’ To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said,
‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus* said to
him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and
proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you,
Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said
to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit
for the kingdom of God.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 25

Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 
O my God, in you I trust;
   do not let me be put to shame;
   do not let my enemies exult over me. 
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
   let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
   teach me your paths. 
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
   for you are the God of my salvation;
   for you I wait all day long. 

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
   for they have been from of old. 
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
   according to your steadfast love remember me,
   for your goodness’ sake, O Lord! 

Good and upright is the Lord;
   therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 
He leads the humble in what is right,
   and teaches the humble his way. 
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
   for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. 

For your name’s sake, O Lord,
   pardon my guilt, for it is great. 
Who are they that fear the Lord?
   He will teach them the way that they should choose. 

They will abide in prosperity,
   and their children shall possess the land. 
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
   and he makes his covenant known to them. 
My eyes are ever towards the Lord,
   for he will pluck my feet out of the net. 

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted. 
Relieve the troubles of my heart,
   and bring me* out of my distress. 
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
   and forgive all my sins. 

Consider how many are my foes,
   and with what violent hatred they hate me. 
O guard my life, and deliver me;
   do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
   for I wait for you. 

Redeem Israel, O God,
   out of all its troubles.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 9, 15

Psalm 9

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
   I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. 
I will be glad and exult in you;
   I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. 

When my enemies turned back,
   they stumbled and perished before you. 
For you have maintained my just cause;
   you have sat on the throne giving righteous judgement. 

You have rebuked the nations, you have destroyed the wicked;
   you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. 
The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
   their cities you have rooted out;
   the very memory of them has perished. 

But the Lord sits enthroned for ever,
   he has established his throne for judgement. 
He judges the world with righteousness;
   he judges the peoples with equity. 

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
   a stronghold in times of trouble. 
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
   for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. 

Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.
   Declare his deeds among the peoples. 
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
   he does not forget the cry of the afflicted. 

Be gracious to me, O Lord.
   See what I suffer from those who hate me;
   you are the one who lifts me up from the gates of death, 
so that I may recount all your praises,
   and, in the gates of daughter Zion,
   rejoice in your deliverance. 

The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
   in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught. 
The Lord has made himself known, he has executed judgement;
   the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.
          Higgaion. Selah

The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
   all the nations that forget God. 

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
   nor the hope of the poor perish for ever. 

Rise up, O Lord! Do not let mortals prevail;
   let the nations be judged before you. 
Put them in fear, O Lord;
   let the nations know that they are only human.

Psalm 15

O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
   Who may dwell on your holy hill? 

Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
   and speak the truth from their heart; 
who do not slander with their tongue,
   and do no evil to their friends,
   nor take up a reproach against their neighbours; 
in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
   but who honour those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt; 
who do not lend money at interest,
   and do not take a bribe against the innocent. 

Those who do these things shall never be moved.

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