Sunday 16 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Sunday 16 July 2023

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1 Samuel 17:50-18:4

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone,
striking down the Philistine and killing him; there was no sword in
David’s hand. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine; he
grasped his sword, drew it out of its sheath, and killed him; then he
cut off his head with it.
When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. The
troops of Israel and Judah rose up with a shout and pursued the
Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded
Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.
The Israelites came back from chasing the Philistines, and they
plundered their camp. David took the head of the Philistine and
brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent. 
When Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner,
the commander of the army, ‘Abner, whose son is this young man?’
Abner said, ‘As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.’ The king
said, ‘Inquire whose son the stripling is.’ On David’s return
from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before
Saul, with the head of the Philistine in his hand. Saul said to him,
‘Whose son are you, young man?’ And David answered, ‘I am the
son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.’ 
When David had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was
bound to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s
house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him
as his own soul. Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that he was
wearing, and gave it to David, and his armour, and even his sword and
his bow and his belt.
Romans 10:4-17

For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness
for everyone who believes. 
Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law,
that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ But the
righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart,
“Who will ascend into heaven?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ down)
‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?” ’ (that is, to bring
Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?
‘The word is near you,
   on your lips and in your heart’
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess
with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the
heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is
saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put
to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the
same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For,
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ 
But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And
how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how
are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to
proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful
are the feet of those who bring good news!’ But not all have obeyed
the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our
message?’ So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes
through the word of Christ.
Matthew 23:29-39

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the
tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and
you say, “If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not
have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.”
Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those
who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your
ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being
sentenced to hell? Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes,
some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your
synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that upon you may come all
the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to
the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the
sanctuary and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come upon
this generation. 
‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones
those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your
children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you
were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell
you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is the one
who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 148, 149, 150

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights! 
Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his host! 

Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars! 
Praise him, you highest heavens,
   and you waters above the heavens! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for he commanded and they were created. 
He established them for ever and ever;
   he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you sea monsters and all deeps, 
fire and hail, snow and frost,
   stormy wind fulfilling his command! 

Mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars! 
Wild animals and all cattle,
   creeping things and flying birds! 

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
   princes and all rulers of the earth! 
Young men and women alike,
   old and young together! 

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his glory is above earth and heaven. 
He has raised up a horn for his people,
   praise for all his faithful,
   for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 
Let Israel be glad in its Maker;
   let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 
Let them praise his name with dancing,
   making melody to him with tambourine and lyre. 
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
   he adorns the humble with victory. 
Let the faithful exult in glory;
   let them sing for joy on their couches. 
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
   and two-edged swords in their hands, 
to execute vengeance on the nations
   and punishment on the peoples, 
to bind their kings with fetters
   and their nobles with chains of iron, 
to execute on them the judgement decreed.
   This is glory for all his faithful ones.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty firmament! 
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
   praise him according to his surpassing greatness! 

Praise him with trumpet sound;
   praise him with lute and harp! 
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
   praise him with strings and pipe! 
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
   praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Evening Psalms: Psalm 114, 115

Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
Judah became God’s sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion. 

The sea looked and fled;
   Jordan turned back. 
The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs. 

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back? 
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs? 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob, 
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 
Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is their God?’ 

Our God is in the heavens;
   he does whatever he pleases. 
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 
They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 
They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   they make no sound in their throats. 
Those who make them are like them;
   so are all who trust in them. 

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
   he will bless the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great. 

May the Lord give you increase,
   both you and your children. 
May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
   but the earth he has given to human beings. 
The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor do any that go down into silence. 
But we will bless the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!

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