Tuesday 18 April 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 18 April 2023 

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Daniel 2:1-16

In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed
such dreams that his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. So
the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers,
and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. When they
came in and stood before the king, he said to them, ‘I have had such
a dream that my spirit is troubled by the desire to understand it.’
The Chaldeans said to the king (in Aramaic),* ‘O king, live for
ever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will reveal the
interpretation.’ The king answered the Chaldeans, ‘This is a
public decree: if you do not tell me both the dream and its
interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses
shall be laid in ruins. But if you do tell me the dream and its
interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great
honour. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.’ They
answered a second time, ‘Let the king first tell his servants the
dream, then we can give its interpretation.’ The king answered, ‘I
know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see
I have firmly decreed: if you do not tell me the dream, there is but
one verdict for you. You have agreed to speak lying and misleading
words to me until things take a turn. Therefore, tell me the dream,
and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.’ The
Chaldeans answered the king, ‘There is no one on earth who can
reveal what the king demands! In fact no king, however great and
powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or
Chaldean. The thing that the king is asking is too difficult, and no
one can reveal it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not
with mortals.’

 Because of this the king flew into a violent rage and commanded that
all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. The decree was issued, and
the wise men were about to be executed; and they looked for Daniel and
his companions, to execute them. Then Daniel responded with prudence
and discretion to Arioch, the king’s chief executioner, who had gone
out to execute the wise men of Babylon; he asked Arioch, the royal
official, ‘Why is the decree of the king so urgent?’ Arioch then
explained the matter to Daniel. So Daniel went in and requested that
the king give him time and he would tell the king the interpretation.
1 John 2:1-11

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may
not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our
sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 Now by this we may be sure that we know him, if we obey his
commandments. Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him’, but does
not obey his commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth
does not exist; but whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the
love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are
in him: whoever says, ‘I abide in him’, ought to walk just as he
 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment
that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word
that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is
true in him and in you, because* the darkness is passing away and the
true light is already shining. Whoever says, ‘I am in the light’,
while hating a brother or sister,* is still in the darkness. Whoever
loves a brother or sister* lives in the light, and in such a person*
there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer*
is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way
to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.

John 17:12-19
While I was with them, I protected them in your name that* you have
given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one
destined to be lost,* so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But
now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that
they may have my joy made complete in themselves.* I have given them
your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to
the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you
to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the
evil one.* They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to
the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have
sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for
their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in
Morning Psalms: Psalm 5, 6

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
   give heed to my sighing. 
Listen to the sound of my cry,
   my King and my God,
   for to you I pray. 
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
   in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. 

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
   evil will not sojourn with you. 
The boastful will not stand before your eyes;
   you hate all evildoers. 
You destroy those who speak lies;
   the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful. 

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
   will enter your house,
I will bow down towards your holy temple
   in awe of you. 
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies;
   make your way straight before me. 

For there is no truth in their mouths;
   their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves;
   they flatter with their tongues. 
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
   let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out,
   for they have rebelled against you. 

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
   let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
   so that those who love your name may exult in you. 
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
   you cover them with favour as with a shield.

Psalm 6

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
   or discipline me in your wrath. 
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
   O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. 
My soul also is struck with terror,
   while you, O Lord—how long? 

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
   deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. 
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
   in Sheol who can give you praise? 

I am weary with my moaning;
   every night I flood my bed with tears;
   I drench my couch with my weeping. 
My eyes waste away because of grief;
   they grow weak because of all my foes. 

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
   for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. 
The Lord has heard my supplication;
   the Lord accepts my prayer. 
All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
   they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 10, 11

Psalm 10

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
   Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 
In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
   let them be caught in the schemes they have devised. 

For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
   those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord. 
In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, ‘God will not seek
it out’;
   all their thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’ 

Their ways prosper at all times;
   your judgements are on high, out of their sight;
   as for their foes, they scoff at them. 
They think in their heart, ‘We shall not be moved;
   throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.’ 

Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
   under their tongues are mischief and iniquity. 
They sit in ambush in the villages;
   in hiding-places they murder the innocent. 

Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 
   they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
   they seize the poor and drag them off in their net. 

They stoop, they crouch,
   and the helpless fall by their might. 
They think in their heart, ‘God has forgotten,
   he has hidden his face, he will never see it.’ 

Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
   do not forget the oppressed. 
Why do the wicked renounce God,
   and say in their hearts, ‘You will not call us to account’? 

But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
   that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
   you have been the helper of the orphan. 

Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
   seek out their wickedness until you find none. 
The Lord is king for ever and ever;
   the nations shall perish from his land. 

O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
   you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear 
to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
   so that those from earth may strike terror no more.*

Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
   ‘Flee like a bird to the mountains;* 
for look, the wicked bend the bow,
   they have fitted their arrow to the string,
   to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart. 
If the foundations are destroyed,
   what can the righteous do?’ 

The Lord is in his holy temple;
   the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
   His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind. 
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
   and his soul hates the lover of violence. 
On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulphur;
   a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. 
For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
   the upright shall behold his face.

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