Tuesday 1 August 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 1 August 2023 

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2 Samuel 3:6-21

While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David,
Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. Now Saul had a
concubine whose name was Rizpah daughter of Aiah. And Ishbaal said to
Abner, ‘Why have you gone in to my father’s concubine?’ The
words of Ishbaal made Abner very angry; he said, ‘Am I a dog’s
head for Judah? Today I keep showing loyalty to the house of your
father Saul, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not given
you into the hand of David; and yet you charge me now with a crime
concerning this woman. So may God do to Abner and so may he add to it!
For just what the Lord has sworn to David, that will I accomplish for
him, to transfer the kingdom from the house of Saul, and set up the
throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beer-sheba.’
And Ishbaal could not answer Abner another word, because he feared
Abner sent messengers to David at Hebron, saying, ‘To whom does the
land belong? Make your covenant with me, and I will give you my
support to bring all Israel over to you.’ He said, ‘Good; I will
make a covenant with you. But one thing I require of you: you shall
never appear in my presence unless you bring Saul’s daughter Michal
when you come to see me.’ Then David sent messengers to Saul’s son
Ishbaal, saying, ‘Give me my wife Michal, to whom I became engaged
at the price of one hundred foreskins of the Philistines.’ Ishbaal
sent and took her from her husband Paltiel the son of Laish. But her
husband went with her, weeping as he walked behind her all the way to
Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, ‘Go back home!’ So he went
Abner sent word to the elders of Israel, saying, ‘For some time past
you have been seeking David as king over you. Now then bring it about;
for the Lord has promised David: Through my servant David I will save
my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from all their
enemies.’ Abner also spoke directly to the Benjaminites; then Abner
went to tell David at Hebron all that Israel and the whole house of
Benjamin were ready to do. 
When Abner came with twenty men to David at Hebron, David made a feast
for Abner and the men who were with him. Abner said to David, ‘Let
me go and rally all Israel to my lord the king, in order that they may
make a covenant with you, and that you may reign over all that your
heart desires.’ So David dismissed Abner, and he went away in peace.
Acts 16:6-15

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been
forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had
come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the
Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went
down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man
of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia
and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to
cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to
proclaim the good news to them. 
We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the
following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a
leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We
remained in this city for some days. On the sabbath day we went
outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of
prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.
A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us;
she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The
Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When
she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you
have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my
home.’ And she prevailed upon us.
Mark 6:30-46

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had
done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all
by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and
they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a
deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized
them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived
ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had
compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things. When it grew late, his
disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the
hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the
surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to
eat.’ But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’
They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of
bread, and give it to them to eat?’ And he said to them, ‘How many
loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said,
‘Five, and two fish.’ Then he ordered them to get all the people
to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups
of hundreds and of fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish,
he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave
them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two
fish among them all. And all ate and were filled; and they took up
twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had
eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. 
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to
the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After
saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 61, 62

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God;
   listen to my prayer. 
>From the end of the earth I call to you,
   when my heart is faint. 

Lead me to the rock
   that is higher than I; 
for you are my refuge,
   a strong tower against the enemy. 

Let me abide in your tent for ever,
   find refuge under the shelter of your wings.
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
   you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 

Prolong the life of the king;
   may his years endure to all generations! 
May he be enthroned for ever before God;
   appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! 

So I will always sing praises to your name,
   as I pay my vows day after day.

Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
   from him comes my salvation. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my fortress; I shall never be shaken. 

How long will you assail a person,
   will you batter your victim, all of you,
   as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
   They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
   but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
   for my hope is from him. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 
On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
   my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. 

Trust in him at all times, O people;
   pour out your heart before him;
   God is a refuge for us.

Those of low estate are but a breath,
   those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
   they are together lighter than a breath. 
Put no confidence in extortion,
   and set no vain hopes on robbery;
   if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 

Once God has spoken;
   twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God, 
   and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
   according to their work.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 68:1-36

Psalm 68:1-36

Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
   let those who hate him flee before him. 
As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
   as wax melts before the fire,
   let the wicked perish before God. 
But let the righteous be joyful;
   let them exult before God;
   let them be jubilant with joy. 

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
   lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—
his name is the Lord—
   be exultant before him. 

Father of orphans and protector of widows
   is God in his holy habitation. 
God gives the desolate a home to live in;
   he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
   but the rebellious live in a parched land. 

O God, when you went out before your people,
   when you marched through the wilderness,
the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
   at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
   at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 
Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
   you restored your heritage when it languished; 
your flock found a dwelling in it;
   in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy. 

The Lord gives the command;
   great is the company of those who bore the tidings: 
   ‘The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!’
The women at home divide the spoil, 
   though they stay among the sheepfolds—
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
   its pinions with green gold. 
When the Almighty scattered kings there,
   snow fell on Zalmon. 

O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;
   O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan! 
Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain,
   at the mount that God desired for his abode,
   where the Lord will reside for ever? 

With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,
   thousands upon thousands,
   the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place. 
You ascended the high mount,
   leading captives in your train
   and receiving gifts from people,
even from those who rebel against the Lord God’s abiding there. 
Blessed be the Lord,
   who daily bears us up;
   God is our salvation.
Our God is a God of salvation,
   and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death. 

But God will shatter the heads of his enemies,
   the hairy crown of those who walk in their guilty ways. 
The Lord said,
   ‘I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, 
so that you may bathe your feet in blood,
   so that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the

Your solemn processions are seen, O God,
   the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary— 
the singers in front, the musicians last,
   between them girls playing tambourines: 
‘Bless God in the great congregation,
   the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!’ 
There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
   the princes of Judah in a body,
   the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 

Summon your might, O God;
   show your strength, O God, as you have done for us before. 
Because of your temple at Jerusalem
   kings bear gifts to you. 
Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds,
   the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
   scatter the peoples who delight in war. 
Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
   let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out its hands to God. 

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
   sing praises to the Lord,
O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
   listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 
Ascribe power to God,
   whose majesty is over Israel;
   and whose power is in the skies. 
Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
   the God of Israel;
   he gives power and strength to his people. 

Blessed be God!

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