Saturday 29 July 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 29 July 2023 

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2 Samuel 1:1-16

After the death of Saul, when David had returned from defeating the
Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. 2On the third day, a
man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his
head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and did obeisance.
3David said to him, ‘Where have you come from?’ He said to him,
‘I have escaped from the camp of Israel.’ 4David said to him,
‘How did things go? Tell me!’ He answered, ‘The army fled from
the battle, but also many of the army fell and died; and Saul and his
son Jonathan also died.’ 5Then David asked the young man who was
reporting to him, ‘How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan
died?’ 6The young man reporting to him said, ‘I happened to be on
Mount Gilboa; and there was Saul leaning on his spear, while the
chariots and the horsemen drew close to him. 7When he looked behind
him, he saw me, and called to me. I answered, “Here, sir.” 8And he
said to me, “Who are you?” I answered him, “I am an
Amalekite.” 9He said to me, “Come, stand over me and kill me; for
convulsions have seized me, and yet my life still lingers.” 10So I
stood over him, and killed him, for I knew that he could not live
after he had fallen. I took the crown that was on his head and the
armlet that was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my

11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them; and all the men
who were with him did the same. 12They mourned and wept, and fasted
until evening for Saul and for his son Jonathan, and for the army of
the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the
sword. 13David said to the young man who had reported to him, ‘Where
do you come from?’ He answered, ‘I am the son of a resident alien,
an Amalekite.’ 14David said to him, ‘Were you not afraid to lift
your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?’ 15Then David called one
of the young men and said, ‘Come here and strike him down.’ So he
struck him down and he died. 16David said to him, ‘Your blood be on
your head; for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, “I
have killed the Lord’s anointed.” ’
Acts 15:22-35

Then the apostles and the elders, with the consent of the whole
church, decided to choose men from among their members and to send
them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called
Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers, with the following
letter: ‘The brothers, both the apostles and the elders, to the
believers of Gentile origin in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia,
greetings. Since we have heard that certain persons who have gone out
from us, though with no instructions from us, have said things to
disturb you and have unsettled your minds, we have decided unanimously
to choose representatives and send them to you, along with our beloved
Barnabas and Paul, who have risked their lives for the sake of our
Lord Jesus Christ. We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who
themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. For it has
seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to impose on you no further
burden than these essentials: that you abstain from what has been
sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from
fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.
So they were sent off and went down to Antioch. When they gathered the
congregation together, they delivered the letter. When its members
read it, they rejoiced at the exhortation. Judas and Silas, who were
themselves prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the
believers. After they had been there for some time, they were sent off
in peace by the believers to those who had sent them. But Paul and
Barnabas remained in Antioch, and there, with many others, they taught
and proclaimed the word of the Lord. 
Mark 6:1-13

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples
followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and
many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man
get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What
deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter,
the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon,
and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him.
Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in
their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’
And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands
on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve
and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over
the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey
except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear
sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you
enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will
not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off
the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they
went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many
demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 55

Psalm 55

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from my supplication. 
Attend to me, and answer me;
   I am troubled in my complaint.
I am distraught by the noise of the enemy,
   because of the clamour of the wicked.
For they bring trouble upon me,
   and in anger they cherish enmity against me. 

My heart is in anguish within me,
   the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 
Fear and trembling come upon me,
   and horror overwhelms me. 
And I say, ‘O that I had wings like a dove!
   I would fly away and be at rest; 
truly, I would flee far away;
   I would lodge in the wilderness;
I would hurry to find a shelter for myself
   from the raging wind and tempest.’ 

Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech;
   for I see violence and strife in the city. 
Day and night they go around it
   on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it; 
   ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
   do not depart from its market-place. 

It is not enemies who taunt me—
   I could bear that;
it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—
   I could hide from them. 
But it is you, my equal,
   my companion, my familiar friend, 
with whom I kept pleasant company;
   we walked in the house of God with the throng. 
Let death come upon them;
   let them go down alive to Sheol;
   for evil is in their homes and in their hearts. 

But I call upon God,
   and the Lord will save me. 
Evening and morning and at noon
   I utter my complaint and moan,
   and he will hear my voice. 
He will redeem me unharmed
   from the battle that I wage,
   for many are arrayed against me. 
God, who is enthroned from of old,
   will hear, and will humble them—
because they do not change,
   and do not fear God. 

My companion laid hands on a friend
   and violated a covenant with me 
with speech smoother than butter,
   but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
   but in fact were drawn swords. 

Cast your burden on the Lord,
   and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
   the righteous to be moved. 

But you, O God, will cast them down
   into the lowest pit;
the bloodthirsty and treacherous
   shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.

Evening Psalms: Psalm 138, 139:1-23

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise; 
I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything. 
On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul. 

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth. 
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord. 
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away. 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me. 
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 139:1-23

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away. 
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways. 
Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely. 
You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it. 

Where can I go from your spirit?
   Or where can I flee from your presence? 
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
   if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 
If I take the wings of the morning
   and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me fast. 
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light around me become night’, 
even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. 

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. 
   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed. 
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 
I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end—I am still with you. 

O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
   and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me— 
those who speak of you maliciously,
   and lift themselves up against you for evil! 
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
   And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 
I hate them with perfect hatred;
   I count them my enemies. 
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my thoughts.


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