Wednesday 23 August 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 23 August 2023 

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2 Samuel 18:19-33

Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, ‘Let me run, and carry tidings to
the king that the Lord has delivered him from the power of his
enemies.’ Joab said to him, ‘You are not to carry tidings today;
you may carry tidings another day, but today you shall not do so,
because the king’s son is dead.’ Then Joab said to a Cushite,
‘Go, tell the king what you have seen.’ The Cushite bowed before
Joab, and ran. Then Ahimaaz son of Zadok said again to Joab, ‘Come
what may, let me also run after the Cushite.’ And Joab said, ‘Why
will you run, my son, seeing that you have no reward* for the
tidings?’ ‘Come what may,’ he said, ‘I will run.’ So he said
to him, ‘Run.’ Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the Plain, and
outran the Cushite.
Acts 23:23-35

Then he summoned two of the centurions and said, ‘Get ready to leave
by nine o’clock tonight for Caesarea with two hundred soldiers,
seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen. Also provide mounts for
Paul to ride, and take him safely to Felix the governor.’ He wrote a
letter to this effect:

 ‘Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings.
This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them,
but when I had learned that he was a Roman citizen, I came with the
guard and rescued him. Since I wanted to know the charge for which
they accused him, I had him brought to their council. I found that he
was accused concerning questions of their law, but was charged with
nothing deserving death or imprisonment. When I was informed that
there would be a plot against the man, I sent him to you at once,
ordering his accusers also to state before you what they have against

 So the soldiers, according to their instructions, took Paul and
brought him during the night to Antipatris. The next day they let the
horsemen go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. When
they came to Caesarea and delivered the letter to the governor, they
presented Paul also before him. On reading the letter, he asked what
province he belonged to, and when he learned that he was from Cilicia,
he said, ‘I will give you a hearing when your accusers arrive.’
Then he ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s headquarters.
Mark 12:13-27
Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in
what he said. And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that
you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard
people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with
truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? Should we pay
them, or should we not?’ But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to
them, ‘Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and
let me see it.’ And they brought one. Then he said to them, ‘Whose
head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The
emperor’s.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the emperor the things
that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’
And they were utterly amazed at him.
 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and
asked him a question, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a
man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man* shall
marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were
seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children;
and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the
third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman
herself died. In the resurrection* whose wife will she be? For the
seven had married her.’

 Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this the reason you are wrong, that
you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they
rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but
are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you
not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God
said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob”? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are
quite wrong.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 119:145-176

Psalm 119:145-176

With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord.
   I will keep your statutes. 
I cry to you; save me,
   that I may observe your decrees. 
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
   I put my hope in your words. 
My eyes are awake before each watch of the night,
   that I may meditate on your promise. 
In your steadfast love hear my voice;
   O Lord, in your justice preserve my life. 
Those who persecute me with evil purpose draw near;
   they are far from your law. 
Yet you are near, O Lord,
   and all your commandments are true. 
Long ago I learned from your decrees
   that you have established them for ever. 

Look on my misery and rescue me,
   for I do not forget your law. 
Plead my cause and redeem me;
   give me life according to your promise. 
Salvation is far from the wicked,
   for they do not seek your statutes. 
Great is your mercy, O Lord;
   give me life according to your justice. 
Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
   yet I do not swerve from your decrees. 
I look at the faithless with disgust,
   because they do not keep your commands. 
Consider how I love your precepts;
   preserve my life according to your steadfast love. 
The sum of your word is truth;
   and every one of your righteous ordinances endures for ever. 

Princes persecute me without cause,
   but my heart stands in awe of your words. 
I rejoice at your word
   like one who finds great spoil. 
I hate and abhor falsehood,
   but I love your law. 
Seven times a day I praise you
   for your righteous ordinances. 
Great peace have those who love your law;
   nothing can make them stumble. 
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
   and I fulfil your commandments. 
My soul keeps your decrees;
   I love them exceedingly. 
I keep your precepts and decrees,
   for all my ways are before you. 

Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
   give me understanding according to your word. 
Let my supplication come before you;
   deliver me according to your promise. 
My lips will pour forth praise,
   because you teach me your statutes. 
My tongue will sing of your promise,
   for all your commandments are right. 
Let your hand be ready to help me,
   for I have chosen your precepts. 
I long for your salvation, O Lord,
   and your law is my delight. 
Let me live that I may praise you,
   and let your ordinances help me. 
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek out your servant,
   for I do not forget your commandments.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 128, 129, 130

Psalm 128

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
   who walks in his ways. 
You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands;
   you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
   within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
   around your table. 
Thus shall the man be blessed
   who fears the Lord. 

The Lord bless you from Zion.
   May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
   all the days of your life. 
May you see your children’s children.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 129

‘Often have they attacked me from my youth’
   —let Israel now say— 
‘often have they attacked me from my youth,
   yet they have not prevailed against me. 
Those who plough ploughed on my back;
   they made their furrows long.’ 
The Lord is righteous;
   he has cut the cords of the wicked. 
May all who hate Zion
   be put to shame and turned back. 
Let them be like the grass on the housetops
   that withers before it grows up, 
with which reapers do not fill their hands
   or binders of sheaves their arms, 
while those who pass by do not say,
   ‘The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
   We bless you in the name of the Lord!’

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications! 

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand? 
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered. 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope; 
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem. 
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.

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