Thursday 13 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 13 July 2023 

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1 Samuel 16:14-17:11

Now the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from
the Lord tormented him. And Saul’s servants said to him, ‘See now,
an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord now command
the servants who attend you to look for someone who is skilful in
playing the lyre; and when the evil spirit from God is upon you, he
will play it, and you will feel better.’ So Saul said to his
servants, ‘Provide for me someone who can play well, and bring him
to me.’ One of the young men answered, ‘I have seen a son of Jesse
the Bethlehemite who is skilful in playing, a man of valour, a
warrior, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence; and the Lord
is with him.’ So Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, ‘Send me
your son David who is with the sheep.’ Jesse took a donkey loaded
with bread, a skin of wine, and a kid, and sent them by his son David
to Saul. And David came to Saul, and entered his service. Saul loved
him greatly, and he became his armour-bearer. Saul sent to Jesse,
saying, ‘Let David remain in my service, for he has found favour in
my sight.’ And whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul,
David took the lyre and played it with his hand, and Saul would be
relieved and feel better, and the evil spirit would depart from him. 
Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle; they were
gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh
and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. Saul and the Israelites gathered and
encamped in the valley of Elah, and formed ranks against the
Philistines. The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side, and
Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between
them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion
named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had
a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armoured with a coat of
mail; the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. He
had greaves of bronze on his legs and a javelin of bronze slung
between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s
beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and
his shield-bearer went before him. He stood and shouted to the ranks
of Israel, ‘Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a
Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for
yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with
me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail
against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve
us.’ And the Philistine said, ‘Today I defy the ranks of Israel!
Give me a man, that we may fight together.’ When Saul and all Israel
heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly
Acts 10:17-33

Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision
that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They
were asking for Simon’s house and were standing by the gate. They
called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying
there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit
said to him, ‘Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go
down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them.’ So
Peter went down to the men and said, ‘I am the one you are looking
for; what is the reason for your coming?’ They answered,
‘Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well
spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to
send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.’
So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.
The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers
from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea.
Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and
close friends. On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at
his feet, worshipped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, ‘Stand
up; I am only a mortal.’ And as he talked with him, he went in and
found that many had assembled; and he said to them, ‘You yourselves
know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a
Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or
unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I
ask why you sent for me?’ 
Cornelius replied, ‘Four days ago at this very hour, at three
o’clock, I was praying in my house when suddenly a man in dazzling
clothes stood before me. He said, “Cornelius, your prayer has been
heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to
Joppa and ask for Simon, who is called Peter; he is staying in the
home of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.” Therefore I sent for you
immediately, and you have been kind enough to come. So now all of us
are here in the presence of God to listen to all that the Lord has
commanded you to say.’
Luke 24:36-53

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and
said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and
terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them,
‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and
see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I
have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his
feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering,
he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a
piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. 
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while
I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of
Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he
opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them,
‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from
the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins
is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from
Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending
upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you
have been clothed with power from on high.’ 
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he
blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and
was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to
Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple
blessing God.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 18:1-20

Psalm 18:1-20

I love you, O Lord, my strength. 
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
   so I shall be saved from my enemies. 

The cords of death encompassed me;
   the torrents of perdition assailed me; 
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
   the snares of death confronted me. 

In my distress I called upon the Lord;
   to my God I cried for help.
>From his temple he heard my voice,
   and my cry to him reached his ears. 

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
   the foundations also of the mountains trembled
   and quaked, because he was angry. 
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
   and devouring fire from his mouth;
   glowing coals flamed forth from him. 
He bowed the heavens, and came down;
   thick darkness was under his feet. 
He rode on a cherub, and flew;
   he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind. 
He made darkness his covering around him,
   his canopy thick clouds dark with water. 
Out of the brightness before him
   there broke through his clouds
   hailstones and coals of fire. 
The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
   and the Most High uttered his voice. 
And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
   he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them. 
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
   and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
   at the blast of the breath of your nostrils. 

He reached down from on high, he took me;
   he drew me out of mighty waters. 
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
   and from those who hated me;
   for they were too mighty for me. 
They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
   but the Lord was my support. 
He brought me out into a broad place;
   he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 18:21-50

Psalm 18:21-50

For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
   and have not wickedly departed from my God. 
For all his ordinances were before me,
   and his statutes I did not put away from me. 
I was blameless before him,
   and I kept myself from guilt. 
Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
   according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 

With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
   with the blameless you show yourself blameless; 
with the pure you show yourself pure;
   and with the crooked you show yourself perverse. 
For you deliver a humble people,
   but the haughty eyes you bring down. 
It is you who light my lamp;
   the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. 
By you I can crush a troop,
   and by my God I can leap over a wall. 
This God—his way is perfect;
   the promise of the Lord proves true;
   he is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 

For who is God except the Lord?
   And who is a rock besides our God?— 
the God who girded me with strength,
   and made my way safe. 
He made my feet like the feet of a deer,
   and set me secure on the heights. 
He trains my hands for war,
   so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
   and your right hand has supported me;
   your help has made me great. 
You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,
   and my feet did not slip. 
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
   and did not turn back until they were consumed. 
I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;
   they fell under my feet. 
For you girded me with strength for the battle;
   you made my assailants sink under me. 
You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
   and those who hated me I destroyed. 
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
   they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 
I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;
   I cast them out like the mire of the streets. 

You delivered me from strife with the peoples;
   you made me head of the nations;
   people whom I had not known served me. 
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
   foreigners came cringing to me. 
Foreigners lost heart,
   and came trembling out of their strongholds. 

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
   and exalted be the God of my salvation, 
the God who gave me vengeance
   and subdued peoples under me; 
who delivered me from my enemies;
   indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
   you delivered me from the violent. 

For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,
   and sing praises to your name. 
Great triumphs he gives to his king,
   and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
   to David and his descendants for ever.

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