Wednesday 26 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 26 October 2022  

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Ecclesiasticus 28:14-26

Slander* has shaken many,
   and scattered them from nation to nation;
it has destroyed strong cities,
   and overturned the houses of the great. 
Slander* has driven virtuous women from their homes,
   and deprived them of the fruit of their toil. 
Those who pay heed to slander* will not find rest,
   nor will they settle down in peace. 
The blow of a whip raises a welt,
   but a blow of the tongue crushes the bones. 
Many have fallen by the edge of the sword,
   but not as many as have fallen because of the tongue. 
Happy is one who is protected from it,
   who has not been exposed to its anger,
who has not borne its yoke,
   and has not been bound with its fetters. 
For its yoke is a yoke of iron,
   and its fetters are fetters of bronze; 
its death is an evil death,
   and Hades is preferable to it. 
It has no power over the godly;
   they will not be burned in its flame. 
Those who forsake the Lord will fall into its power;
   it will burn among them and will not be put out.
It will be sent out against them like a lion;
   like a leopard it will mangle them.
As you fence in your property with thorns,
   so make a door and a bolt for your mouth.
As you lock up your silver and gold,
   so make balances and scales for your words. 
Take care not to err with your tongue,*
   and fall victim to one lying in wait.

Revelation 12:1-6

A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with
the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She
was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving
birth. Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon,
with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His
tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the
earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a
child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And
she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule* all the nations
with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God
and to his throne; and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she
has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for
one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Luke 11:37-52

While he was speaking, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so he
went in and took his place at the table. The Pharisee was amazed to
see that he did not first wash before dinner. Then the Lord said to
him, ‘Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the
dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did
not the one who made the outside make the inside also? So give for
alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean
for you.

 ‘But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of
all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you
ought to have practised, without neglecting the others. Woe to you
Pharisees! For you love to have the seat of honour in the synagogues
and to be greeted with respect in the market-places. Woe to you! For
you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without
realizing it.’

 One of the lawyers answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these
things, you insult us too.’ And he said, ‘Woe also to you lawyers!
For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do
not lift a finger to ease them. Woe to you! For you build the tombs of
the prophets whom your ancestors killed. So you are witnesses and
approve of the deeds of your ancestors; for they killed them, and you
build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, “I will
send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and
persecute”, so that this generation may be charged with the blood of
all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the
blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the
altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be charged against
this generation. Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key
of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who
were entering.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 119:49-72

Psalm 119:49-72

Remember your word to your servant,
   in which you have made me hope. 
This is my comfort in my distress,
   that your promise gives me life. 
The arrogant utterly deride me,
   but I do not turn away from your law. 
When I think of your ordinances from of old,
   I take comfort, O Lord. 
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
   those who forsake your law. 
Your statutes have been my songs
   wherever I make my home. 
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
   and keep your law. 
This blessing has fallen to me,
   for I have kept your precepts. 

The Lord is my portion;
   I promise to keep your words. 
I implore your favour with all my heart;
   be gracious to me according to your promise. 
When I think of your ways,
   I turn my feet to your decrees; 
I hurry and do not delay
   to keep your commandments. 
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
   I do not forget your law. 
At midnight I rise to praise you,
   because of your righteous ordinances. 
I am a companion of all who fear you,
   of those who keep your precepts. 
The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
   teach me your statutes. 

You have dealt well with your servant,
   O Lord, according to your word. 
Teach me good judgement and knowledge,
   for I believe in your commandments. 
Before I was humbled I went astray,
   but now I keep your word. 
You are good and do good;
   teach me your statutes. 
The arrogant smear me with lies,
   but with my whole heart I keep your precepts. 
Their hearts are fat and gross,
   but I delight in your law. 
It is good for me that I was humbled,
   so that I might learn your statutes. 
The law of your mouth is better to me
   than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 49, 53

Psalm 49

Hear this, all you peoples;
   give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 
both low and high,
   rich and poor together. 
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
   the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. 
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
   I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp. 

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
   when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me, 
those who trust in their wealth
   and boast of the abundance of their riches? 
Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life,*
   there is no price one can give to God for it. 
For the ransom of life is costly,
   and can never suffice, 
that one should live on for ever
   and never see the grave.* 

When we look at the wise, they die;
   fool and dolt perish together
   and leave their wealth to others. 
Their graves* are their homes for ever,
   their dwelling-places to all generations,
   though they named lands their own. 
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
   they are like the animals that perish. 

Such is the fate of the foolhardy,
   the end of those* who are pleased with their lot.
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
   Death shall be their shepherd;
straight to the grave they descend,*
   and their form shall waste away;
   Sheol shall be their home.* 
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
   for he will receive me.

Do not be afraid when some become rich,
   when the wealth of their houses increases. 
For when they die they will carry nothing away;
   their wealth will not go down after them. 
Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy
   —for you are praised when you do well for yourself— 
they* will go to the company of their ancestors,
   who will never again see the light. 
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
   they are like the animals that perish.

Psalm 53

Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
   They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;
   there is no one who does good. 

God looks down from heaven on humankind
   to see if there are any who are wise,
   who seek after God. 

They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;
   there is no one who does good,
   no, not one. 

Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon God? 

There they shall be in great terror,
   in terror such as has not been.
For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly;*
   they will be put to shame,* for God has rejected them. 

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
   When God restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

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