Friday 2 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 2 June 2023

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Deuteronomy 5:1-22

Moses convened all Israel, and said to them:
Hear, O Israel, the statutes and ordinances that I am addressing to
you today; you shall learn them and observe them diligently. The Lord
our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. Not with our ancestors did
the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive
today. The Lord spoke with you face to face at the mountain, out of
the fire. (At that time I was standing between the Lord and you to
declare to you the words of the Lord; for you were afraid because of
the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said: 
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out
of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. 
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of
anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or
that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them
or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing
children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth
generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the
thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for
the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. 
Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God
commanded you. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But
the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do
any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female
slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the
resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may
rest as well as you. Remember that you were a slave in the land of
Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty
hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded
you to keep the sabbath day. 
Honour your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded
you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in
the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 
You shall not murder. 
Neither shall you commit adultery. 
Neither shall you steal. 
Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbour. 
Neither shall you covet your neighbour’s wife.
Neither shall you desire your neighbour’s house, or field, or male
or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your
These words the Lord spoke with a loud voice to your whole assembly at
the mountain, out of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, and
he added no more. He wrote them on two stone tablets, and gave them to
2 Corinthians 4:1-12

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this
ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things
that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s
word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to
the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel
is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the
god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep
them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who
is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.
For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who
has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear
that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from
us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not
driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not
destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the
life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we
live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that
the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is
at work in us, but life in you.
Luke 16:10-18

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and
whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If
then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will
entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with
what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave
can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love
the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot
serve God and wealth.’ 
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they
ridiculed him. So he said to them, ‘You are those who justify
yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what
is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God. 
‘The law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then
the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaimed, and everyone tries
to enter it by force. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass
away, than for one stroke of a letter in the law to be dropped. 
‘Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery,
and whoever marries a woman divorced from her husband commits
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 31

Psalm 31

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
   do not let me ever be put to shame;
   in your righteousness deliver me. 
Incline your ear to me;
   rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
   a strong fortress to save me. 

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
   for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, 
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
   for you are my refuge. 
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
   you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. 

You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
   but I trust in the Lord. 
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
   because you have seen my affliction;
   you have taken heed of my adversities, 
and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
   you have set my feet in a broad place. 

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
   my eye wastes away from grief,
   my soul and body also. 
For my life is spent with sorrow,
   and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,
   and my bones waste away. 

I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
   a horror to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
   those who see me in the street flee from me. 
I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
   I have become like a broken vessel. 
For I hear the whispering of many—
   terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
   as they plot to take my life. 

But I trust in you, O Lord;
   I say, ‘You are my God.’ 
My times are in your hand;
   deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. 
Let your face shine upon your servant;
   save me in your steadfast love. 
Do not let me be put to shame, O Lord,
   for I call on you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
   let them go dumbfounded to Sheol. 
Let the lying lips be stilled
   that speak insolently against the righteous
   with pride and contempt. 

O how abundant is your goodness
   that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you,
   in the sight of everyone! 
In the shelter of your presence you hide them
   from human plots;
you hold them safe under your shelter
   from contentious tongues. 

Blessed be the Lord,
   for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
   when I was beset as a city under siege. 
I had said in my alarm,
   ‘I am driven far from your sight.’
But you heard my supplications
   when I cried out to you for help. 

Love the Lord, all you his saints.
   The Lord preserves the faithful,
   but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily. 
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
   all you who wait for the Lord.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 35

Psalm 35

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
   fight against those who fight against me! 
Take hold of shield and buckler,
   and rise up to help me! 
Draw the spear and javelin
   against my pursuers;
say to my soul,
   ‘I am your salvation.’ 

Let them be put to shame and dishonour
   who seek after my life.
Let them be turned back and confounded
   who devise evil against me. 
Let them be like chaff before the wind,
   with the angel of the Lord driving them on. 
Let their way be dark and slippery,
   with the angel of the Lord pursuing them. 

For without cause they hid their net for me;
   without cause they dug a pit for my life. 
Let ruin come on them unawares.
And let the net that they hid ensnare them;
   let them fall in it—to their ruin. 

Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord,
   exulting in his deliverance. 
All my bones shall say,
   ‘O Lord, who is like you?
You deliver the weak
   from those too strong for them,
   the weak and needy from those who despoil them.’ 

Malicious witnesses rise up;
   they ask me about things I do not know. 
They repay me evil for good;
   my soul is forlorn. 
But as for me, when they were sick,
   I wore sackcloth;
   I afflicted myself with fasting.
I prayed with head bowed on my bosom, 
   as though I grieved for a friend or a brother;
I went about as one who laments for a mother,
   bowed down and in mourning. 

But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,
   they gathered together against me;
ruffians whom I did not know
   tore at me without ceasing; 
they impiously mocked more and more,
   gnashing at me with their teeth. 

How long, O Lord, will you look on?
   Rescue me from their ravages,
   my life from the lions! 
Then I will thank you in the great congregation;
   in the mighty throng I will praise you. 

Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,
   or those who hate me without cause wink the eye. 
For they do not speak peace,
   but they conceive deceitful words
   against those who are quiet in the land. 
They open wide their mouths against me;
   they say, ‘Aha, Aha,
   our eyes have seen it.’ 

You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent!
   O Lord, do not be far from me! 
Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defence,
   for my cause, my God and my Lord! 
Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
   according to your righteousness,
   and do not let them rejoice over me. 
Do not let them say to themselves,
   ‘Aha, we have our heart’s desire.’
Do not let them say, ‘We have swallowed you up.’ 

Let all those who rejoice at my calamity
   be put to shame and confusion;
let those who exalt themselves against me
   be clothed with shame and dishonour. 

Let those who desire my vindication
   shout for joy and be glad,
   and say evermore,
‘Great is the Lord,
   who delights in the welfare of his servant.’ 
Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
   and of your praise all day long.

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