Friday 21 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 21 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 11:2-20

Do not praise individuals for their good looks,
   or loathe anyone because of appearance alone. 
The bee is small among flying creatures,
   but what it produces is the best of sweet things. 
Do not boast about wearing fine clothes,
   and do not exalt yourself when you are honoured;
for the works of the Lord are wonderful,
   and his works are concealed from humankind. 
Many kings have had to sit on the ground,
   but one who was never thought of has worn a crown. 
Many rulers have been utterly disgraced,
   and the honoured have been handed over to others. 

Do not find fault before you investigate;
   examine first, and then criticize. 
Do not answer before you listen,
   and do not interrupt when another is speaking. 
Do not argue about a matter that does not concern you,
   and do not sit with sinners when they judge a case. 

My child, do not busy yourself with many matters;
   if you multiply activities, you will not be held blameless.
If you pursue, you will not overtake,
   and by fleeing you will not escape. 
There are those who work and struggle and hurry,
   but are so much the more in want. 
There are others who are slow and need help,
   who lack strength and abound in poverty;
but the eyes of the Lord look kindly upon them;
   he lifts them out of their lowly condition 
and raises up their heads
   to the amazement of many. 

Good things and bad, life and death,
   poverty and wealth, come from the Lord.* 
The Lord’s gift remains with the devout,
   and his favour brings lasting success. 
One becomes rich through diligence and self-denial,
   and the reward allotted to him is this: 
when he says, ‘I have found rest,
   and now I shall feast on my goods!’
he does not know how long it will be
   until he leaves them to others and dies. 

Stand by your agreement and attend to it,
   and grow old in your work.
Revelation 9:13-21

Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the
four* horns of the golden altar before God, saying to the sixth angel
who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the
great river Euphrates.’ So the four angels were released, who had
been held ready for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to
kill a third of humankind. The number of the troops of cavalry was two
hundred million; I heard their number. And this was how I saw the
horses in my vision: the riders wore breastplates the colour of fire
and of sapphire* and of sulphur; the heads of the horses were like
lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulphur came out of their
mouths. By these three plagues a third of humankind was killed, by the
fire and smoke and sulphur coming out of their mouths. For the power
of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; their tails are
like serpents, having heads; and with them they inflict harm.

 The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not
repent of the works of their hands or give up worshipping demons and
idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot
see or hear or walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their
sorceries or their fornication or their thefts.
Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a
woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named
Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.
But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and
asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all
the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered
her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;
there is need of only one thing.* Mary has chosen the better part,
which will not be taken away from her.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 31

Psalm 31

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
   do not let me ever be put to shame;
   in your righteousness deliver me. 
Incline your ear to me;
   rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
   a strong fortress to save me. 

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
   for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, 
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
   for you are my refuge. 
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
   you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 

You hate* those who pay regard to worthless idols,
   but I trust in the Lord. 
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
   because you have seen my affliction;
   you have taken heed of my adversities, 
and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
   you have set my feet in a broad place. 

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
   my eye wastes away from grief,
   my soul and body also. 
For my life is spent with sorrow,
   and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,*
   and my bones waste away. 

I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
   a horror* to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
   those who see me in the street flee from me. 
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
   I have become like a broken vessel. 
For I hear the whispering of many—
   terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
   as they plot to take my life. 

But I trust in you, O Lord;
   I say, ‘You are my God.’ 
My times are in your hand;
   deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. 
Let your face shine upon your servant;
   save me in your steadfast love. 
Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord,
   for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
   let them go dumbfounded to Sheol. 
Let the lying lips be stilled
   that speak insolently against the righteous
   with pride and contempt. 

O how abundant is your goodness
   that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
   in the sight of everyone! 
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
   from human plots;
you hold them safe under your shelter
   from contentious tongues. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
   when I was beset as a city under siege. 
I had said in my alarm,
   ‘I am driven far* from your sight.’
But you heard my supplications
   when I cried out to you for help. 

Love the Lord, all you his saints.
   The Lord preserves the faithful,
   but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. 
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
   all you who wait for the Lord.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 35

Psalm 35

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
   fight against those who fight against me! 
Take hold of shield and buckler,
   and rise up to help me! 
Draw the spear and javelin
   against my pursuers;
say to my soul,
   ‘I am your salvation.’ 

Let them be put to shame and dishonour
   who seek after my life.
Let them be turned back and confounded
   who devise evil against me. 
Let them be like chaff before the wind,
   with the angel of the Lord driving them on. 
Let their way be dark and slippery,
   with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. 

For without cause they hid their net* for me;
   without cause they dug a pit* for my life. 
Let ruin come on them unawares.
And let the net that they hid ensnare them;
   let them fall in it—to their ruin. 

Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
   exulting in his deliverance. 
All my bones shall say,
   ‘O Lord, who is like you?
You deliver the weak
   from those too strong for them,
   the weak and needy from those who despoil them.’ 

Malicious witnesses rise up;
   they ask me about things I do not know. 
They repay me evil for good;
   my soul is forlorn. 
But as for me, when they were sick,
   I wore sackcloth;
   I afflicted myself with fasting.
I prayed with head bowed* on my bosom, 
   as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;
I went about as one who laments for a mother,
   bowed down and in mourning. 

But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,
   they gathered together against me;
ruffians whom I did not know
   tore at me without ceasing; 
they impiously mocked more and more,*
   gnashing at me with their teeth. 

How long, O Lord, will you look on?
   Rescue me from their ravages,
   my life from the lions! 
Then I will thank you in the great congregation;
   in the mighty throng I will praise you. 

Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,
   or those who hate me without cause wink the eye. 
For they do not speak peace,
   but they conceive deceitful words
   against those who are quiet in the land. 
They open wide their mouths against me;
   they say, ‘Aha, Aha,
   our eyes have seen it.’ 

You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent!
   O Lord, do not be far from me! 
Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defence,
   for my cause, my God and my Lord! 
Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
   according to your righteousness,
   and do not let them rejoice over me. 
Do not let them say to themselves,
   ‘Aha, we have our heart’s desire.’
Do not let them say, ‘We have swallowed you* up.’ 

Let all those who rejoice at my calamity
   be put to shame and confusion;
let those who exalt themselves against me
   be clothed with shame and dishonour. 

Let those who desire my vindication
   shout for joy and be glad,
   and say evermore,
‘Great is the Lord,
   who delights in the welfare of his servant.’ 
Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
   and of your praise all day long.

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