Friday 4 August 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 4 August 2023 

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2 Samuel 5:1-12

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said,
‘Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was
king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The
Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel,
you who shall be ruler over Israel.’ So all the elders of Israel
came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them
at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for
forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah for seven years and six
months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for
thirty-three years. 
The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the
inhabitants of the land, who said to David, ‘You will not come in
here, even the blind and the lame will turn you back’—thinking,
‘David cannot come in here.’ Nevertheless, David took the
stronghold of Zion, which is now the city of David. David had said on
that day, ‘Whoever wishes to strike down the Jebusites, let him get
up the water shaft to attack the lame and the blind, those whom David
hates.’ Therefore it is said, ‘The blind and the lame shall not
come into the house.’ David occupied the stronghold, and named it
the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo
inwards. And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God
of hosts, was with him. 
King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar trees,
and carpenters and masons who built David a house. David then
perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that
he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

Acts 17:1-15

After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they
came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And
Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with
them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary
for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying,
‘This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you.’ Some of
them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of
the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews
became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the
market-places they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While
they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the
assembly, they attacked Jason’s house. When they could not find
them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city
authorities, shouting, ‘These people who have been turning the world
upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as
guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor,
saying that there is another king named Jesus.’ The people and the
city officials were disturbed when they heard this, and after they had
taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go. 
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and
when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. These Jews were
more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the
message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see
whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed,
including not a few Greek women and men of high standing. But when the
Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed
by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite
the crowds. Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the
coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind. Those who conducted Paul
brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have
Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him.

Mark 7:24-37

>From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered
a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not
escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit
immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.
Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him
to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the
children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s
food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even
the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said
to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your
daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and
the demon gone. 
Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon
towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They
brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and
they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private,
away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat
and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said
to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And immediately his
ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then
Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the
more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure,
saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear
and the mute to speak.’

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 69:1-38

Psalm 69:1-38

Save me, O God,
   for the waters have come up to my neck. 
I sink in deep mire,
   where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
   and the flood sweeps over me. 
I am weary with my crying;
   my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
   with waiting for my God. 

More in number than the hairs of my head
   are those who hate me without cause;
many are those who would destroy me,
   my enemies who accuse me falsely.
What I did not steal
   must I now restore? 
O God, you know my folly;
   the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. 

Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me,
   O Lord God of hosts;
do not let those who seek you be dishonoured because of me,
   O God of Israel. 
It is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
   that shame has covered my face. 
I have become a stranger to my kindred,
   an alien to my mother’s children. 

It is zeal for your house that has consumed me;
   the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. 
When I humbled my soul with fasting,
   they insulted me for doing so. 
When I made sackcloth my clothing,
   I became a byword to them. 
I am the subject of gossip for those who sit in the gate,
   and the drunkards make songs about me. 

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
   At an acceptable time, O God,
   in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.
With your faithful help rescue me
   from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
   and from the deep waters. 
Do not let the flood sweep over me,
   or the deep swallow me up,
   or the Pit close its mouth over me. 

Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
   according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. 
Do not hide your face from your servant,
   for I am in distress—make haste to answer me. 
Draw near to me, redeem me,
   set me free because of my enemies. 

You know the insults I receive,
   and my shame and dishonour;
   my foes are all known to you. 
Insults have broken my heart,
   so that I am in despair.
I looked for pity, but there was none;
   and for comforters, but I found none. 
They gave me poison for food,
   and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. 

Let their table be a trap for them,
   a snare for their allies. 
Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
   and make their loins tremble continually. 
Pour out your indignation upon them,
   and let your burning anger overtake them. 
May their camp be a desolation;
   let no one live in their tents. 
For they persecute those whom you have struck down,
   and those whom you have wounded, they attack still more. 
Add guilt to their guilt;
   may they have no acquittal from you. 
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
   let them not be enrolled among the righteous. 
But I am lowly and in pain;
   let your salvation, O God, protect me. 

I will praise the name of God with a song;
   I will magnify him with thanksgiving. 
This will please the Lord more than an ox
   or a bull with horns and hoofs. 
Let the oppressed see it and be glad;
   you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 
For the Lord hears the needy,
   and does not despise his own that are in bonds. 

Let heaven and earth praise him,
   the seas and everything that moves in them. 
For God will save Zion
   and rebuild the cities of Judah;
and his servants shall live there and possess it; 
   the children of his servants shall inherit it,
   and those who love his name shall live in it.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 73

Psalm 73

Truly God is good to the upright,
   to those who are pure in heart. 
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
   my steps had nearly slipped. 
For I was envious of the arrogant;
   I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

For they have no pain;
   their bodies are sound and sleek. 
They are not in trouble as others are;
   they are not plagued like other people. 
Therefore pride is their necklace;
   violence covers them like a garment. 
Their eyes swell out with fatness;
   their hearts overflow with follies. 
They scoff and speak with malice;
   loftily they threaten oppression. 
They set their mouths against heaven,
   and their tongues range over the earth. 

Therefore the people turn and praise them,
   and find no fault in them. 
And they say, ‘How can God know?
   Is there knowledge in the Most High?’ 
Such are the wicked;
   always at ease, they increase in riches. 
All in vain I have kept my heart clean
   and washed my hands in innocence. 
For all day long I have been plagued,
   and am punished every morning. 

If I had said, ‘I will talk on in this way’,
   I would have been untrue to the circle of your children. 
But when I thought how to understand this,
   it seemed to me a wearisome task, 
until I went into the sanctuary of God;
   then I perceived their end. 
Truly you set them in slippery places;
   you make them fall to ruin. 
How they are destroyed in a moment,
   swept away utterly by terrors! 
They are like a dream when one awakes;
   on awaking you despise their phantoms. 

When my soul was embittered,
   when I was pricked in heart, 
I was stupid and ignorant;
   I was like a brute beast towards you. 
Nevertheless I am continually with you;
   you hold my right hand. 
You guide me with your counsel,
   and afterwards you will receive me with honour. 
Whom have I in heaven but you?
   And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you. 
My flesh and my heart may fail,
   but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. 

Indeed, those who are far from you will perish;
   you put an end to those who are false to you. 
But for me it is good to be near God;
   I have made the Lord God my refuge,
   to tell of all your works.

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