Thursday 27 October 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 27 October 2022

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Ecclesiasticus 31:12-18,25-32:2

Are you seated at the table of the great?*
   Do not be greedy at it,
   and do not say, ‘How much food there is here!’ 
Remember that a greedy eye is a bad thing.
   What has been created more greedy than the eye?
   Therefore it sheds tears for any reason. 
Do not reach out your hand for everything you see,
   and do not crowd your neighbour* at the dish. 
Judge your neighbour’s feelings by your own,
   and in every matter be thoughtful. 
Eat what is set before you like a well-bred person,*
   and do not chew greedily, or you will give offence. 
Be the first to stop, as befits good manners,
   and do not be insatiable, or you will give offence. 
If you are seated among many others,
   do not help yourself* before they do. 

Do not try to prove your strength by wine-drinking,
   for wine has destroyed many. 
As the furnace tests the work of the smith,*
   so wine tests hearts when the insolent quarrel. 
Wine is very life to human beings
   if taken in moderation.
What is life to one who is without wine?
   It has been created to make people happy. 
Wine drunk at the proper time and in moderation
   is rejoicing of heart and gladness of soul. 
Wine drunk to excess leads to bitterness of spirit,
   to quarrels and stumbling. 
Drunkenness increases the anger of a fool to his own hurt,
   reducing his strength and adding wounds. 
Do not reprove your neighbour at a banquet of wine,
   and do not despise him in his merrymaking;
speak no word of reproach to him,
   and do not distress him by making demands of him.
If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself;
   be among them as one of their number.
Take care of them first and then sit down; 
   when you have fulfilled all your duties, take your place,
so that you may be merry along with them
   and receive a garland for your excellent leadership.
Revelation 12:7-17

And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated,
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon
was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and
Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the
earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,
‘Now have come the salvation and the power
   and the kingdom of our God
   and the authority of his Messiah,*
for the accuser of our comrades* has been thrown down,
   who accuses them day and night before our God. 
But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
   and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. 
Rejoice then, you heavens
   and those who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
   for the devil has come down to you
with great wrath,
   because he knows that his time is short!’
 So when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he
pursued* the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the
woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could
fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to her place where she is
nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Then from his mouth
the serpent poured water like a river after the woman, to sweep her
away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman; it
opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured
from his mouth. Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off
to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the
commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.
Luke 11:53-12:12

When he went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very
hostile towards him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying
in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.
Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered in thousands, so that they trampled
on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, ‘Beware of
the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is
covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will
not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be
heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed from the housetops.
 ‘I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and
after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear
him who, after he has killed, has authority* to cast into hell.* Yes,
I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet
not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs of
your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value
than many sparrows.

 ‘And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the
Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever
denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And
everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven;
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
When they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and the
authorities, do not worry about how* you are to defend yourselves or
what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very
hour what you ought to say.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 50

Psalm 50

The mighty one, God the Lord,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting. 
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
   God shines forth. 

Our God comes and does not keep silence,
   before him is a devouring fire,
   and a mighty tempest all around him. 
He calls to the heavens above
   and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 
‘Gather to me my faithful ones,
   who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’ 
The heavens declare his righteousness,
   for God himself is judge.

‘Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
   O Israel, I will testify against you.
   I am God, your God. 
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
   your burnt-offerings are continually before me. 
I will not accept a bull from your house,
   or goats from your folds. 
For every wild animal of the forest is mine,
   the cattle on a thousand hills. 
I know all the birds of the air,*
   and all that moves in the field is mine. 

‘If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
   for the world and all that is in it is mine. 
Do I eat the flesh of bulls,
   or drink the blood of goats? 
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,*
   and pay your vows to the Most High. 
Call on me in the day of trouble;
   I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.’ 

But to the wicked God says:
   ‘What right have you to recite my statutes,
   or take my covenant on your lips? 
For you hate discipline,
   and you cast my words behind you. 
You make friends with a thief when you see one,
   and you keep company with adulterers. 

‘You give your mouth free rein for evil,
   and your tongue frames deceit. 
You sit and speak against your kin;
   you slander your own mother’s child. 
These things you have done and I have been silent;
   you thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you. 

‘Mark this, then, you who forget God,
   or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver. 
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me;
   to those who go the right way*
   I will show the salvation of God.’
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 59, 60

Psalm 59

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
   protect me from those who rise up against me. 
Deliver me from those who work evil;
   from the bloodthirsty save me. 

Even now they lie in wait for my life;
   the mighty stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord, 
   for no fault of mine, they run and make ready. 

Rouse yourself, come to my help and see! 
   You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Awake to punish all the nations;
   spare none of those who treacherously plot evil.

Each evening they come back,
   howling like dogs
   and prowling about the city. 
There they are, bellowing with their mouths,
   with sharp words* on their lips—
   for ‘Who’, they think,* ‘will hear us?’ 

But you laugh at them, O Lord;
   you hold all the nations in derision. 
O my strength, I will watch for you;
   for you, O God, are my fortress. 
My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
   my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. 

Do not kill them, or my people may forget;
   make them totter by your power, and bring them down,
   O Lord, our shield. 
For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
   let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter, 
   consume them in wrath;
   consume them until they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
   that God rules over Jacob.

Each evening they come back,
   howling like dogs
   and prowling about the city. 
They roam about for food,
   and growl if they do not get their fill. 

But I will sing of your might;
   I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me
   and a refuge on the day of my distress. 
O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
   for you, O God, are my fortress,
   the God who shows me steadfast love.

Psalm 60

O God, you have rejected us, broken our defences;
   you have been angry; now restore us! 
You have caused the land to quake; you have torn it open;
   repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering. 
You have made your people suffer hard things;
   you have given us wine to drink that made us reel. 

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
   to rally to it out of bowshot.* 
Give victory with your right hand, and answer us,*
   so that those whom you love may be rescued. 

God has promised in his sanctuary:*
   ‘With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
   and portion out the Vale of Succoth. 
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
   Ephraim is my helmet;
   Judah is my sceptre. 
Moab is my wash-basin;
   on Edom I hurl my shoe;
   over Philistia I shout in triumph.’ 

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
   Who will lead me to Edom? 
Have you not rejected us, O God?
   You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 
O grant us help against the foe,
   for human help is worthless. 
With God we shall do valiantly;
   it is he who will tread down our foes.

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