Tuesday 18 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 18 October 2022 

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Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17

Pleasant speech multiplies friends,
   and a gracious tongue multiplies courtesies. 
Let those who are friendly with you be many,
   but let your advisers be one in a thousand. 
When you gain friends, gain them through testing,
   and do not trust them hastily. 
For there are friends who are such when it suits them,
   but they will not stand by you in time of trouble. 
And there are friends who change into enemies,
   and tell of the quarrel to your disgrace. 
And there are friends who sit at your table,
   but they will not stand by you in time of trouble. 
When you are prosperous, they become your second self,
   and lord it over your servants; 
but if you are brought low, they turn against you,
   and hide themselves from you. 
Keep away from your enemies,
   and be on guard with your friends. 

Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
   whoever finds one has found a treasure. 
Faithful friends are beyond price;
   no amount can balance their worth. 
Faithful friends are life-saving medicine;
   and those who fear the Lord will find them. 
Those who fear the Lord direct their friendship aright,
   for as they are, so are their neighbours also.

Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could
count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with
palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to
the Lamb!’ 
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and
the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the
throne and worshipped God, singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’

 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed
in white, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you
are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who
have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and
made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
   and worship him day and night within his temple,
   and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
   the sun will not strike them,
   nor any scorching heat; 
for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
   and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
Luke 10:1-16

After this the Lord appointed seventy* others and sent them on ahead
of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to
go. He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers
are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers
into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs
into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and
greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say,
“Peace to this house!” And if anyone is there who shares in peace,
your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to
you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they
provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from
house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you,
eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to
them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”* But whenever you
enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and
say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe
off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come
near.”* I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom
than for that town.
 ‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of
power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have
repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But at the
judgement it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven?
   No, you will be brought down to Hades.

 ‘Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you
rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 26, 28

Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord,
   for I have walked in my integrity,
   and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
   test my heart and mind. 
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
   and I walk in faithfulness to you.* 

I do not sit with the worthless,
   nor do I consort with hypocrites; 
I hate the company of evildoers,
   and will not sit with the wicked. 

I wash my hands in innocence,
   and go around your altar, O Lord, 
singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
   and telling all your wondrous deeds. 

O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
   and the place where your glory abides. 
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
   nor my life with the bloodthirsty, 
those in whose hands are evil devices,
   and whose right hands are full of bribes. 

But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
   redeem me, and be gracious to me. 
My foot stands on level ground;
   in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.

Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call;
   my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
   I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 
Hear the voice of my supplication,
   as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
   towards your most holy sanctuary.* 

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
   with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbours,
   while mischief is in their hearts. 
Repay them according to their work,
   and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
   render them their due reward. 
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
   or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. 
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him. 

The Lord is the strength of his people;
   he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
   be their shepherd, and carry them for ever.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 36, 39

Psalm 36

Transgression speaks to the wicked
   deep in their hearts;
there is no fear of God
   before their eyes. 
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes
   that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated. 
The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit;
   they have ceased to act wisely and do good. 
They plot mischief while on their beds;
   they are set on a way that is not good;
   they do not reject evil. 

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
   your faithfulness to the clouds. 
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
   your judgements are like the great deep;
   you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. 

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
   All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 
They feast on the abundance of your house,
   and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 
For with you is the fountain of life;
   in your light we see light. 

O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
   and your salvation to the upright of heart! 
Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
   or the hand of the wicked drive me away. 
There the evildoers lie prostrate;
   they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Psalm 39

I said, ‘I will guard my ways
   that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will keep a muzzle on my mouth
   as long as the wicked are in my presence.’ 
I was silent and still;
   I held my peace to no avail;
my distress grew worse, 
   my heart became hot within me.
While I mused, the fire burned;
   then I spoke with my tongue: 

‘Lord, let me know my end,
   and what is the measure of my days;
   let me know how fleeting my life is. 
You have made my days a few handbreadths,
   and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. 
   Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
   they heap up, and do not know who will gather. 

‘And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
   My hope is in you. 
Deliver me from all my transgressions.
   Do not make me the scorn of the fool. 
I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
   for it is you who have done it. 
Remove your stroke from me;
   I am worn down by the blows* of your hand. 

‘You chastise mortals
   in punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
   surely everyone is a mere breath. 

‘Hear my prayer, O Lord,
   and give ear to my cry;
   do not hold your peace at my tears.
For I am your passing guest,
   an alien, like all my forebears. 
Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
   before I depart and am no more.’

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