Thursday 17 August 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 17 August 2023 

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2 Samuel 15:1-18

After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to
run ahead of him. Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the road
into the gate; and when anyone brought a suit before the king for
judgement, Absalom would call out and say, ‘From what city are
you?’ When the person said, ‘Your servant is of such and such a
tribe in Israel’, Absalom would say, ‘See, your claims are good
and right; but there is no one deputed by the king to hear you.’
Absalom said moreover, ‘If only I were judge in the land! Then all
who had a suit or cause might come to me, and I would give them
justice.’ Whenever people came near to do obeisance to him, he would
put out his hand and take hold of them, and kiss them. Thus Absalom
did to every Israelite who came to the king for judgement; so Absalom
stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

 At the end of four* years Absalom said to the king, ‘Please let me
go to Hebron and pay the vow that I have made to the Lord. For your
servant made a vow while I lived at Geshur in Aram: If the Lord will
indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will worship the Lord in
Hebron.’* The king said to him, ‘Go in peace.’ So he got up, and
went to Hebron. But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the
tribes of Israel, saying, ‘As soon as you hear the sound of the
trumpet, then shout: Absalom has become king at Hebron!’ Two hundred
men from Jerusalem went with Absalom; they were invited guests, and
they went in their innocence, knowing nothing of the matter. While
Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for* Ahithophel the
Gilonite, David’s counsellor, from his city Giloh. The conspiracy
grew in strength, and the people with Absalom kept increasing.

 A messenger came to David, saying, ‘The hearts of the Israelites
have gone after Absalom.’ Then David said to all his officials who
were with him at Jerusalem, ‘Get up! Let us flee, or there will be
no escape for us from Absalom. Hurry, or he will soon overtake us, and
bring disaster down upon us, and attack the city with the edge of the
sword.’ The king’s officials said to the king, ‘Your servants
are ready to do whatever our lord the king decides.’ So the king
left, followed by all his household, except ten concubines whom he
left behind to look after the house. The king left, followed by all
the people; and they stopped at the last house. All his officials
passed by him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and
all the six hundred Gittites who had followed him from Gath, passed on
before the king.
Acts 21:27-36

When the seven days were almost completed, the Jews from Asia, who had
seen him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd. They seized him,
shouting, ‘Fellow-Israelites, help! This is the man who is teaching
everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place; more
than that, he has actually brought Greeks into the temple and has
defiled this holy place.’ For they had previously seen Trophimus the
Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought
him into the temple. Then all the city was aroused, and the people
rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple,
and immediately the doors were shut. While they were trying to kill
him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in
an uproar. Immediately he took soldiers and centurions and ran down to
them. When they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating
Paul. Then the tribune came, arrested him, and ordered him to be bound
with two chains; he inquired who he was and what he had done. Some in
the crowd shouted one thing, some another; and as he could not learn
the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the
barracks. When Paul* came to the steps, the violence of the mob was so
great that he had to be carried by the soldiers. The crowd that
followed kept shouting, ‘Away with him!’
Mark 10:32-45

They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking
ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.
He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to
happen to him, saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the
Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes,
and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to
the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and
kill him; and after three days he will rise again.’

 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to
him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’
And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And
they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one
at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not
know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink,
or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They
replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I
drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized,
you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not
mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the
Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them,
and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among
you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your
servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of
all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to
give his life a ransom for many.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 105:1-22

Psalm 105:1-22

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
   make known his deeds among the peoples. 
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
   tell of all his wonderful works. 
Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 
Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his presence continually. 
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered, 
O offspring of his servant Abraham,*
   children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 

He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth. 
He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
   of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
   his sworn promise to Isaac, 
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
   to Israel as an everlasting covenant, 
saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
   as your portion for an inheritance.’ 

When they were few in number,
   of little account, and strangers in it, 
wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people, 
he allowed no one to oppress them;
   he rebuked kings on their account, 
saying, ‘Do not touch my anointed ones;
   do my prophets no harm.’ 

When he summoned famine against the land,
   and broke every staff of bread, 
he had sent a man ahead of them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 
His feet were hurt with fetters,
   his neck was put in a collar of iron; 
until what he had said came to pass,
   the word of the Lord kept testing him. 
The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of the peoples set him free. 
He made him lord of his house,
   and ruler of all his possessions, 
to instruct* his officials at his pleasure,
   and to teach his elders wisdom.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 105:23-45

Psalm 105:23-45

Then Israel came to Egypt;
   Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. 
And the Lord made his people very fruitful,
   and made them stronger than their foes, 
whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
   to deal craftily with his servants. 

He sent his servant Moses,
   and Aaron whom he had chosen. 
They performed his signs among them,
   and miracles in the land of Ham. 
He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
   they rebelled* against his words. 
He turned their waters into blood,
   and caused their fish to die. 
Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in the chambers of their kings. 
He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
   and gnats throughout their country. 
He gave them hail for rain,
   and lightning that flashed through their land. 
He struck their vines and fig trees,
   and shattered the trees of their country. 
He spoke, and the locusts came,
   and young locusts without number; 
they devoured all the vegetation in their land,
   and ate up the fruit of their ground. 
He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
   the first issue of all their strength. 

Then he brought Israel* out with silver and gold,
   and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled. 
Egypt was glad when they departed,
   for dread of them had fallen upon it. 
He spread a cloud for a covering,
   and fire to give light by night. 
They asked, and he brought quails,
   and gave them food from heaven in abundance. 
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
   it flowed through the desert like a river. 
For he remembered his holy promise,
   and Abraham, his servant. 

So he brought his people out with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing. 
He gave them the lands of the nations,
   and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples, 
that they might keep his statutes
   and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!

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