Tuesday 4 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 4 July 2023 

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1 Samuel 11:1-15

About a month later, Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged
Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, ‘Make a
treaty with us, and we will serve you.’ But Nahash the Ammonite said
to them, ‘On this condition I will make a treaty with you, namely
that I gouge out everyone’s right eye, and thus put disgrace upon
all Israel.’ The elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Give us seven
days’ respite that we may send messengers through all the territory
of Israel. Then, if there is no one to save us, we will give ourselves
up to you.’ When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, they
reported the matter in the hearing of the people; and all the people
wept aloud. 
Now Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen; and Saul said,
‘What is the matter with the people, that they are weeping?’ So
they told him the message from the inhabitants of Jabesh. And the
spirit of God came upon Saul in power when he heard these words, and
his anger was greatly kindled. He took a yoke of oxen, and cut them in
pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by
messengers, saying, ‘Whoever does not come out after Saul and
Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen!’ Then the dread of the Lord
fell upon the people, and they came out as one. When he mustered them
at Bezek, those from Israel were three hundred thousand, and those
from Judah seventy thousand. They said to the messengers who had come,
‘Thus shall you say to the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead:
“Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have
deliverance.” ’ When the messengers came and told the inhabitants
of Jabesh, they rejoiced. So the inhabitants of Jabesh said,
‘Tomorrow we will give ourselves up to you, and you may do to us
whatever seems good to you.’ The next day Saul put the people in
three companies. At the morning watch they came into the camp and cut
down the Ammonites until the heat of the day; and those who survived
were scattered, so that no two of them were left together. 
The people said to Samuel, ‘Who is it that said, “Shall Saul reign
over us?” Give them to us so that we may put them to death.’ But
Saul said, ‘No one shall be put to death this day, for today the
Lord has brought deliverance to Israel.’ 
Samuel said to the people, ‘Come, let us go to Gilgal and there
renew the kingship.’ So all the people went to Gilgal, and there
they made Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal. There they sacrificed
offerings of well-being before the Lord, and there Saul and all the
Israelites rejoiced greatly.
Acts 8:1-13

And Saul approved of their killing him.
That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem,
and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside
of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud
lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church by entering
house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them
to prison. 
Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the
word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the
Messiah to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what
was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for
unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were
possessed; and many others who were paralysed or lame were cured. So
there was great joy in that city. 
Now a certain man named Simon had previously practised magic in the
city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone
great. All of them, from the least to the greatest, listened to him
eagerly, saying, ‘This man is the power of God that is called
Great.’ And they listened eagerly to him because for a long time he
had amazed them with his magic. But when they believed Philip, who was
proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of
Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon
himself believed. After being baptized, he stayed constantly with
Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that
took place.
Luke 22:63-71

Now the men who were holding Jesus began to mock him and beat him;
they also blindfolded him and kept asking him, ‘Prophesy! Who is it
that struck you?’ They kept heaping many other insults on him. 
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief
priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their
council. They said, ‘If you are the Messiah, tell us.’ He replied,
‘If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you
will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the
right hand of the power of God.’ All of them asked, ‘Are you,
then, the Son of God?’ He said to them, ‘You say that I am.’
Then they said, ‘What further testimony do we need? We have heard it
ourselves from his own lips!’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 120, 121, 122, 123

Psalm 120

In my distress I cry to the Lord,
   that he may answer me: 
‘Deliver me, O Lord,
   from lying lips,
   from a deceitful tongue.’ 

What shall be given to you?
   And what more shall be done to you,
   you deceitful tongue? 
A warrior’s sharp arrows,
   with glowing coals of the broom tree! 

Woe is me, that I am an alien in Meshech,
   that I must live among the tents of Kedar. 
Too long have I had my dwelling
   among those who hate peace. 
I am for peace;
   but when I speak,
   they are for war.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
   from where will my help come? 
My help comes from the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

He will not let your foot be moved;
   he who keeps you will not slumber. 
He who keeps Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep. 

The Lord is your keeper;
   the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 
The sun shall not strike you by day,
   nor the moon by night. 

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
   he will keep your life. 
The Lord will keep
   your going out and your coming in
   from this time on and for evermore.

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me,
   ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ 
Our feet are standing
   within your gates, O Jerusalem. 

Jerusalem—built as a city
   that is bound firmly together. 
To it the tribes go up,
   the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
   to give thanks to the name of the Lord. 
For there the thrones for judgement were set up,
   the thrones of the house of David. 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
   ‘May they prosper who love you. 
Peace be within your walls,
   and security within your towers.’ 
For the sake of my relatives and friends
   I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ 
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
   I will seek your good.

Psalm 123

To you I lift up my eyes,
   O you who are enthroned in the heavens! 
As the eyes of servants
   look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
   to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
   until he has mercy upon us. 

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
   for we have had more than enough of contempt. 
Our soul has had more than its fill
   of the scorn of those who are at ease,
   of the contempt of the proud.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 124, 125, 126, 127

Psalm 124

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side
   —let Israel now say— 
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
   when our enemies attacked us, 
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
   when their anger was kindled against us; 
then the flood would have swept us away,
   the torrent would have gone over us; 
then over us would have gone
   the raging waters. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   who has not given us
   as prey to their teeth. 
We have escaped like a bird
   from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
   and we have escaped. 

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
   which cannot be moved, but abides for ever. 
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
   so the Lord surrounds his people,
   from this time on and for evermore. 
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest
   on the land allotted to the righteous,
so that the righteous may not stretch out
   their hands to do wrong. 
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
   and to those who are upright in their hearts. 
But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways
   the Lord will lead away with evildoers.
   Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
   we were like those who dream. 
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
   and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
   ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ 
The Lord has done great things for us,
   and we rejoiced. 

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
   like the watercourses in the Negeb. 
May those who sow in tears
   reap with shouts of joy. 
Those who go out weeping,
   bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
   carrying their sheaves.

Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
   those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
   the guard keeps watch in vain. 
It is in vain that you rise up early
   and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
   for he gives sleep to his beloved. 

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
   the fruit of the womb a reward. 
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
   are the sons of one’s youth. 
Happy is the man who has
   his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
   when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

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