Friday 14 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 14 July 2023 

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1 Samuel 17:17-30

Jesse said to his son David, ‘Take for your brothers an ephah of
this parched grain and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the
camp to your brothers; also take these ten cheeses to the commander of
their thousand. See how your brothers fare, and bring some token from
Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of
Elah, fighting with the Philistines. David rose early in the morning,
left someone in charge of the sheep, took the provisions, and went as
Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was
going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry. Israel and the
Philistines drew up for battle, army against army. David left the
things in charge of the keeper of the baggage, ran to the ranks, and
went and greeted his brothers. As he talked with them, the champion,
the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of
the Philistines, and spoke the same words as before. And David heard
All the Israelites, when they saw the man, fled from him and were very
much afraid. The Israelites said, ‘Have you seen this man who has
come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. The king will greatly
enrich the man who kills him, and will give him his daughter and make
his family free in Israel.’ David said to the men who stood by him,
‘What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes
away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised
Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’ The
people answered him in the same way, ‘So shall it be done for the
man who kills him.’ 
His eldest brother Eliab heard him talking to the men; and Eliab’s
anger was kindled against David. He said, ‘Why have you come down?
With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your
presumption and the evil of your heart; for you have come down just to
see the battle.’ David said, ‘What have I done now? It was only a
question.’ He turned away from him towards another and spoke in the
same way; and the people answered him again as before.
Acts 10:34-48

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God
shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does
what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to
the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of
all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after
the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and
healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We
are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They
put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the
third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us
who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him
after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people
and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the
living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone
who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who
heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were
astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on
the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling
God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing
these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So
he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they
invited him to stay for several days.
Mark 1:1-13

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
   who will prepare your way; 
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
   “Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight” ’, 
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of
repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole
Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to
him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their
sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt
around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed,
‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not
worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have
baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by
John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he
saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on
him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased.’ 
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was
in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with
the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 16, 17

Psalm 16

Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
   I have no good apart from you.’

As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
   in whom is all my delight. 

Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
   their drink-offerings of blood I will not pour out
   or take their names upon my lips. 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
   you hold my lot. 
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   I have a goodly heritage. 

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
   in the night also my heart instructs me. 
I keep the Lord always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
   my body also rests secure. 
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
   or let your faithful one see the Pit. 

You show me the path of life.
   In your presence there is fullness of joy;
   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
>From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right. 

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress. 
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent. 
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped. 

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words. 
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand. 

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings, 
from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me. 
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 
They track me down; now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush. 

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones. 

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 22

Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
   and by night, but find no rest. 

Yet you are holy,
   enthroned on the praises of Israel. 
In you our ancestors trusted;
   they trusted, and you delivered them. 
To you they cried, and were saved;
   in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 

But I am a worm, and not human;
   scorned by others, and despised by the people. 
All who see me mock at me;
   they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 
‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
   let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’ 

Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
   you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. 
On you I was cast from my birth,
   and since my mother bore me you have been my God. 
Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help. 

Many bulls encircle me,
   strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 
they open wide their mouths at me,
   like a ravening and roaring lion. 

I am poured out like water,
   and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
   it is melted within my breast; 
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
   you lay me in the dust of death. 

For dogs are all around me;
   a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shrivelled; 
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; 
they divide my clothes among themselves,
   and for my clothing they cast lots. 

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
   O my help, come quickly to my aid! 
Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my life from the power of the dog! 
   Save me from the mouth of the lion! 

>From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. 
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
   in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
   All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
   stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 
For he did not despise or abhor
   the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
   but heard when I cried to him. 

>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
   May your hearts live for ever! 

All the ends of the earth shall remember
   and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
   shall worship before him. 
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
   and he rules over the nations. 

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
   before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
   and I shall live for him. 
Posterity will serve him;
   future generations will be told about the Lord, 
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
   saying that he has done it.

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