Saturday 22 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 22 July 2023 

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1 Samuel 22:1-23

David left there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; when his brothers
and all his father’s house heard of it, they went down there to him.
Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and
everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain
over them. Those who were with him numbered about four hundred. 
David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. He said to the king of Moab,
‘Please let my father and mother come to you, until I know what God
will do for me.’ He left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed
with him all the time that David was in the stronghold. Then the
prophet Gad said to David, ‘Do not remain in the stronghold; leave,
and go into the land of Judah.’ So David left, and went into the
forest of Hereth. 
Saul heard that David and those who were with him had been located.
Saul was sitting at Gibeah, under the tamarisk tree on the height,
with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing around
him. Saul said to his servants who stood around him, ‘Hear now, you
Benjaminites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and
vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders
of hundreds? Is that why all of you have conspired against me? No one
discloses to me when my son makes a league with the son of Jesse, none
of you is sorry for me or discloses to me that my son has stirred up
my servant against me, to lie in wait, as he is doing today.’ Doeg
the Edomite, who was in charge of Saul’s servants, answered, ‘I
saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech son of Ahitub; he
inquired of the Lord for him, gave him provisions, and gave him the
sword of Goliath the Philistine.’ 
The king sent for the priest Ahimelech son of Ahitub and for all his
father’s house, the priests who were at Nob; and all of them came to
the king. Saul said, ‘Listen now, son of Ahitub.’ He answered,
‘Here I am, my lord.’ Saul said to him, ‘Why have you conspired
against me, you and the son of Jesse, by giving him bread and a sword,
and by inquiring of God for him, so that he has risen against me, to
lie in wait, as he is doing today?’ 
Then Ahimelech answered the king, ‘Who among all your servants is so
faithful as David? He is the king’s son-in-law, and is quick to do
your bidding, and is honoured in your house. Is today the first time
that I have inquired of God for him? By no means! Do not let the king
impute anything to his servant or to any member of my father’s
house; for your servant has known nothing of all this, much or
little.’ The king said, ‘You shall surely die, Ahimelech, you and
all your father’s house.’ The king said to the guard who stood
around him, ‘Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, because their
hand also is with David; they knew that he fled, and did not disclose
it to me.’ But the servants of the king would not raise their hand
to attack the priests of the Lord. Then the king said to Doeg, ‘You,
Doeg, turn and attack the priests.’ Doeg the Edomite turned and
attacked the priests; on that day he killed eighty-five who wore the
linen ephod. Nob, the city of the priests, he put to the sword; men
and women, children and infants, oxen, donkeys, and sheep, he put to
the sword. 
But one of the sons of Ahimelech son of Ahitub, named Abiathar,
escaped and fled after David. Abiathar told David that Saul had killed
the priests of the Lord. David said to Abiathar, ‘I knew on that
day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul.
I am responsible for the lives of all your father’s house. Stay with
me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life seeks your
life; you will be safe with me.’
Acts 13:26-43

‘My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s family, and others who
fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. Because
the residents of Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize him or
understand the words of the prophets that are read every sabbath, they
fulfilled those words by condemning him. Even though they found no
cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed.
When they had carried out everything that was written about him, they
took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him
from the dead; and for many days he appeared to those who came up with
him from Galilee to Jerusalem, and they are now his witnesses to the
people. And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our
ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus;
as also it is written in the second psalm,
“You are my Son;
   today I have begotten you.” 
As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption,
he has spoken in this way,
“I will give you the holy promises made to David.” 
Therefore he has also said in another psalm,
“You will not let your Holy One experience corruption.” 
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own
generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced
corruption; but he whom God raised up experienced no corruption. Let
it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man
forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you; by this Jesus everyone who
believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be
freed by the law of Moses. Beware, therefore, that what the prophets
said does not happen to you: 
“Look, you scoffers!
   Be amazed and perish,
for in your days I am doing a work,
   a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.”
As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people urged them to speak
about these things again the next sabbath. When the meeting of the
synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed
Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the
grace of God.
Mark 3:19b-35

and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Then he went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they
could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to
restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his
mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has
Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And
he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan
cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom
cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house
will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself
and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can
enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first
tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. 
‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and
whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the
Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal
sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’ 
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent
to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said
to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside,
asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my
brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here
are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my
brother and sister and mother.’ 
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 30, 32

Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
   and did not let my foes rejoice over me. 
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
   and you have healed me. 
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
   restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. 

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
   and give thanks to his holy name. 
For his anger is but for a moment;
   his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
   but joy comes with the morning. 

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   ‘I shall never be moved.’ 
By your favour, O Lord,
   you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
   I was dismayed. 

To you, O Lord, I cried,
   and to the Lord I made supplication: 
‘What profit is there in my death,
   if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
   Will it tell of your faithfulness? 
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
   O Lord, be my helper!’ 

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
   you have taken off my sackcloth
   and clothed me with joy, 
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
   O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for ever.

Psalm 32

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered. 
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
   and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
   through my groaning all day long. 
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
   my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
   and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’,
   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all who are faithful
   offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
   shall not reach them. 
You are a hiding-place for me;
   you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
   I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
   whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
   else it will not stay near you. 

Many are the torments of the wicked,
   but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. 
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
   and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 42, 43

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
   so my soul longs for you, O God. 
My soul thirsts for God,
   for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
   the face of God? 
My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’ 

These things I remember,
   as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
   and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
   a multitude keeping festival. 
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God. 

My soul is cast down within me;
   therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
   from Mount Mizar. 
Deep calls to deep
   at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
   have gone over me. 
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
   and at night his song is with me,
   a prayer to the God of my life. 

I say to God, my rock,
   ‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because the enemy oppresses me?’ 
As with a deadly wound in my body,
   my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
   ‘Where is your God?’ 

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

Psalm 43

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
   against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
   deliver me! 
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
   why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
   because of the oppression of the enemy? 

O send out your light and your truth;
   let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
   and to your dwelling. 
Then I will go to the altar of God,
   to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
   O God, my God. 

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
   and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
   my help and my God.

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