Monday 28 August 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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1 Kings 1:5-31

Now Adonijah son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, ‘I will be
king’; he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men
to run before him. His father had never at any time displeased him by
asking, ‘Why have you done that?’ He was also a very handsome man,
and he was born next after Absalom. He conferred with Joab son of
Zeruiah and with the priest Abiathar, and they supported Adonijah. But
the priest Zadok, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the prophet Nathan,
and Shimei, and Rei, and David’s own warriors did not side with

 Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fatted cattle by the stone
Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel, and he invited all his brothers,
the king’s sons, and all the royal officials of Judah, but he did
not invite the prophet Nathan or Benaiah or the warriors or his
brother Solomon.

 Then Nathan said to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, ‘Have you not
heard that Adonijah son of Haggith has become king and our lord David
does not know it? Now therefore come, let me give you advice, so that
you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. Go in at
once to King David, and say to him, “Did you not, my lord the king,
swear to your servant, saying: Your son Solomon shall succeed me as
king, and he shall sit on my throne? Why then is Adonijah king?”
Then while you are still there speaking with the king, I will come in
after you and confirm your words.’

 So Bathsheba went to the king in his room. The king was very old;
Abishag the Shunammite was attending the king. Bathsheba bowed and did
obeisance to the king, and the king said, ‘What do you wish?’ She
said to him, ‘My lord, you swore to your servant by the Lord your
God, saying: Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall
sit on my throne. But now suddenly Adonijah has become king, though
you, my lord the king, do not know it. He has sacrificed oxen, fatted
cattle, and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the children of
the king, the priest Abiathar, and Joab the commander of the army; but
your servant Solomon he has not invited. But you, my lord the
king—the eyes of all Israel are on you to tell them who shall sit on
the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it will come to
pass, when my lord the king sleeps with his ancestors, that my son
Solomon and I will be counted offenders.’

 While she was still speaking with the king, the prophet Nathan came
in. The king was told, ‘Here is the prophet Nathan.’ When he came
in before the king, he did obeisance to the king, with his face to the
ground. Nathan said, ‘My lord the king, have you said, “Adonijah
shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne”? For today
he has gone down and has sacrificed oxen, fatted cattle, and sheep in
abundance, and has invited all the king’s children, Joab the
commander* of the army, and the priest Abiathar, who are now eating
and drinking before him, and saying, “Long live King Adonijah!”
But he did not invite me, your servant, and the priest Zadok, and
Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon. Has this thing been
brought about by my lord the king and you have not let your servants
know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?’

 King David answered, ‘Summon Bathsheba to me.’ So she came into
the king’s presence, and stood before the king. The king swore,
saying, ‘As the Lord lives, who has saved my life from every
adversity, as I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, “Your
son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne in
my place”, so will I do this day.’ Then Bathsheba bowed with her
face to the ground, and did obeisance to the king, and said, ‘May my
lord King David live for ever!’
Acts 26:1-23

Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You have permission to speak for yourself.’
Then Paul stretched out his hand and began to defend himself:

 ‘I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa,
I am to make my defence today against all the accusations of the Jews,
because you are especially familiar with all the customs and
controversies of the Jews; therefore I beg of you to listen to me

 ‘All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, a life spent from
the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem. They have known
for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I have belonged
to the strictest sect of our religion and lived as a Pharisee. And now
I stand here on trial on account of my hope in the promise made by God
to our ancestors, a promise that our twelve tribes hope to attain, as
they earnestly worship day and night. It is for this hope, your
Excellency,* that I am accused by Jews! Why is it thought incredible
by any of you that God raises the dead?

 ‘Indeed, I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things
against the name of Jesus of Nazareth.* And that is what I did in
Jerusalem; with authority received from the chief priests, I not only
locked up many of the saints in prison, but I also cast my vote
against them when they were being condemned to death. By punishing
them often in all the synagogues I tried to force them to blaspheme;
and since I was so furiously enraged at them, I pursued them even to
foreign cities.

 ‘With this in mind, I was travelling to Damascus with the
authority and commission of the chief priests, when at midday along
the road, your Excellency,* I saw a light from heaven, brighter than
the sun, shining around me and my companions. When we had all fallen
to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew* language,
“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick
against the goads.” I asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The Lord
answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand
on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint
you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me* and
to those in which I will appear to you. I will rescue you from your
people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their
eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power
of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a
place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

 ‘After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly
vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and
throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that
they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with
repentance. For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried
to kill me. To this day I have had help from God, and so I stand here,
testifying to both small and great, saying nothing but what the
prophets and Moses said would take place: that the Messiah* must
suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would
proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.’
Mark 13:14-27

‘But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not
to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to
the mountains; someone on the housetop must not go down or enter the
house to take anything away; someone in the field must not turn back
to get a coat. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are
nursing infants in those days! Pray that it may not be in winter. For
in those days there will be suffering, such as has not been from the
beginning of the creation that God created until now, no, and never
will be. And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be
saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut short
those days. And if anyone says to you at that time, “Look! Here is
the Messiah!”* or “Look! There he is!”—do not believe it.
False messiahs* and false prophets will appear and produce signs and
omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. But be alert; I have
already told you everything.

 ‘But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
   and the moon will not give its light, 
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
   and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 
Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great
power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his
elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’ 

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ 

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you* in God.’

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’ 
You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement. 
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high. 
The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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