Thursday 20 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 20 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 10:1-18

A wise magistrate educates his people,
   and the rule of an intelligent person is well ordered. 
As the people’s judge is, so are his officials;
   as the ruler of the city is, so are all its inhabitants. 
An undisciplined king ruins his people,
   but a city becomes fit to live in through the understanding of
its rulers. 
The government of the earth is in the hand of the Lord,
   and over it he will raise up the right leader for the time. 
Human success is in the hand of the Lord,
   and it is he who confers honour upon the lawgiver.* 

Do not get angry with your neighbour for every injury,
   and do not resort to acts of insolence. 
Arrogance is hateful to the Lord and to mortals,
   and injustice is outrageous to both. 
Sovereignty passes from nation to nation
   on account of injustice and insolence and wealth.* 
How can dust and ashes be proud?
   Even in life the human body decays.* 
A long illness baffles the physician;*
   the king of today will die tomorrow. 
For when one is dead
   he inherits maggots and vermin* and worms. 
The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord;
   the heart has withdrawn from its Maker. 
For the beginning of pride is sin,
   and the one who clings to it pours out abominations.
Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities,
   and destroys them completely. 
The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers,
   and enthrones the lowly in their place. 
The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations,*
   and plants the humble in their place. 
The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations,
   and destroys them to the foundations of the earth. 
He removes some of them and destroys them,
   and erases the memory of them from the earth. 
Pride was not created for human beings,
   or violent anger for those born of women.

Revelation 9:1-12

And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen
from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the
bottomless pit; he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from
the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun
and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the
smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given authority like
the authority of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to damage
the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those
people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were
allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and
their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings
someone. And in those days people will seek death but will not find
it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

 In appearance the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On
their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were
like human faces, their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like
lions’ teeth; they had scales like iron breastplates, and the noise
of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing
into battle. They have tails like scorpions, with stings, and in their
tails is their power to harm people for five months. They have as king
over them the angel of the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is
Abaddon,* and in Greek he is called Apollyon.*

 The first woe has passed. There are still two woes to come.
Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.* ‘Teacher,’ he said,
‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What
is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You
shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your
soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your
neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the
right answer; do this, and you will live.’

 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my
neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat
him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was
going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other
side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came
near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him
and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he
put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of
him. The next day he took out two denarii,* gave them to the
innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will
repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you
think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the
robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to
him, ‘Go and do likewise.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 37:1-18

Psalm 37:1-18

Do not fret because of the wicked;
   do not be envious of wrongdoers, 
for they will soon fade like the grass,
   and wither like the green herb. 

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
   so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. 
Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Commit your way to the Lord;
   trust in him, and he will act. 
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
   and the justice of your cause like the noonday. 

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
   do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
   over those who carry out evil devices. 

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.
   Do not fret—it leads only to evil. 
For the wicked shall be cut off,
   but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. 

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
   though you look diligently for their place, they will not be
But the meek shall inherit the land,
   and delight in abundant prosperity. 

The wicked plot against the righteous,
   and gnash their teeth at them; 
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
   for he sees that their day is coming. 

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
   to bring down the poor and needy,
   to kill those who walk uprightly; 
their sword shall enter their own heart,
   and their bows shall be broken. 

Better is a little that the righteous person has
   than the abundance of many wicked. 
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
   but the Lord upholds the righteous. 

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
   and their heritage will abide for ever;
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 37:19-42

Psalm 37:19-42

they are not put to shame in evil times,
   in the days of famine they have abundance. 

But the wicked perish,
   and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;
   they vanish—like smoke they vanish away. 

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back,
   but the righteous are generous and keep giving; 
for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land,
   but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 

Our steps* are made firm by the Lord,
   when he delights in our* way; 
though we stumble,* we* shall not fall headlong,
   for the Lord holds us* by the hand. 

I have been young, and now am old,
   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
   or their children begging bread. 
They are ever giving liberally and lending,
   and their children become a blessing. 

Depart from evil, and do good;
   so you shall abide for ever. 
For the Lord loves justice;
   he will not forsake his faithful ones. 

The righteous shall be kept safe for ever,
   but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 
The righteous shall inherit the land,
   and live in it for ever. 

The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
   and their tongues speak justice. 
The law of their God is in their hearts;
   their steps do not slip. 

The wicked watch for the righteous,
   and seek to kill them. 
The Lord will not abandon them to their power,
   or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial. 

Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
   and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
   you will look on the destruction of the wicked. 

I have seen the wicked oppressing,
   and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.* 
Again I* passed by, and they were no more;
   though I sought them, they could not be found. 

Mark the blameless, and behold the upright,
   for there is posterity for the peaceable. 
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
   the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off. 

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
   he is their refuge in the time of trouble. 
The Lord helps them and rescues them;
   he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
   because they take refuge in him.

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