Thursday 22 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 22 June 2023 

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1 Samuel 2:27-36

A man of God came to Eli and said to him, ‘Thus the Lord has said,
“I revealed myself to the family of your ancestor in Egypt when they
were slaves to the house of Pharaoh. I chose him out of all the tribes
of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to offer incense, to
wear an ephod before me; and I gave to the family of your ancestor all
my offerings by fire from the people of Israel. Why then look with
greedy eye at my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded, and
honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choicest
parts of every offering of my people Israel?” Therefore the Lord the
God of Israel declares: “I promised that your family and the family
of your ancestor should go in and out before me for ever”; but now
the Lord declares: “Far be it from me; for those who honour me I
will honour, and those who despise me shall be treated with contempt.
See, a time is coming when I will cut off your strength and the
strength of your ancestor’s family, so that no one in your family
will live to old age. Then in distress you will look with greedy eye
on all the prosperity that shall be bestowed upon Israel; and no one
in your family shall ever live to old age. The only one of you whom I
shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared to weep out his eyes
and grieve his heart; all the members of your household shall die by
the sword. The fate of your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, shall be
the sign to you—both of them shall die on the same day. I will raise
up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in
my heart and in my mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall
go in and out before my anointed one for ever. Everyone who is left in
your family shall come to implore him for a piece of silver or a loaf
of bread, and shall say, Please put me in one of the priest’s
places, that I may eat a morsel of bread.” ’
Acts 2:22-36

‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of
Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders,
and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves
know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan
and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of
those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from
death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For
David says concerning him,
“I saw the Lord always before me,
   for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
   moreover, my flesh will live in hope. 
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
   or let your Holy One experience corruption. 
You have made known to me the ways of life;
   you will make me full of gladness with your presence.” 
‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor
David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to
this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an
oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne.
Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah,
“He was not abandoned to Hades,
   nor did his flesh experience corruption.” 
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being
therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from
the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that
you both see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but
he himself says,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand, 
   until I make your enemies your footstool.’ ” 
Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God
has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.’
Luke 20:41-21:4

Then he said to them, ‘How can they say that the Messiah is
David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms,
“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand, 
   until I make your enemies your footstool.’ ” 
David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?’ 
In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, ‘Beware
of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be
greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats
in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets. They devour
widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They
will receive the greater condemnation.’ 
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the
treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He
said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of
them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she
out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 83, 34

Psalm 83

O God, do not keep silence;
   do not hold your peace or be still, O God! 
Even now your enemies are in tumult;
   those who hate you have raised their heads. 
They lay crafty plans against your people;
   they consult together against those you protect. 
They say, ‘Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
   let the name of Israel be remembered no more.’ 
They conspire with one accord;
   against you they make a covenant— 
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
   Moab and the Hagrites, 
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
   Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 
Assyria also has joined them;
   they are the strong arm of the children of Lot.

Do to them as you did to Midian,
   as to Sisera and Jabin at the Wadi Kishon, 
who were destroyed at En-dor,
   who became dung for the ground. 
Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
   all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, 
who said, ‘Let us take the pastures of God
   for our own possession.’ 

O my God, make them like whirling dust,
   like chaff before the wind. 
As fire consumes the forest,
   as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, 
so pursue them with your tempest
   and terrify them with your hurricane. 
Fill their faces with shame,
   so that they may seek your name, O Lord. 
Let them be put to shame and dismayed for ever;
   let them perish in disgrace. 
Let them know that you alone,
   whose name is the Lord,
   are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times;
   his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
   let the humble hear and be glad. 
O magnify the Lord with me,
   and let us exalt his name together. 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
   and delivered me from all my fears. 
Look to him, and be radiant;
   so your faces shall never be ashamed. 
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
   and was saved from every trouble. 
The angel of the Lord encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them. 
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
   happy are those who take refuge in him. 
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
   for those who fear him have no want. 
The young lions suffer want and hunger,
   but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 

Come, O children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
Which of you desires life,
   and covets many days to enjoy good? 
Keep your tongue from evil,
   and your lips from speaking deceit. 
Depart from evil, and do good;
   seek peace, and pursue it. 

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their cry. 
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
   to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
   and rescues them from all their troubles. 
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
   and saves the crushed in spirit. 

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
   but the Lord rescues them from them all. 
He keeps all their bones;
   not one of them will be broken. 
Evil brings death to the wicked,
   and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
   none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 85, 86

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favourable to your land;
   you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
   you pardoned all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath;
   you turned from your hot anger. 

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
   and put away your indignation towards us. 
Will you be angry with us for ever?
   Will you prolong your anger to all generations? 
Will you not revive us again,
   so that your people may rejoice in you? 
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
   and grant us your salvation. 

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
   for he will speak peace to his people,
   to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. 
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
   that his glory may dwell in our land. 

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
   righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
   and righteousness will look down from the sky. 
The Lord will give what is good,
   and our land will yield its increase. 
Righteousness will go before him,
   and will make a path for his steps.

Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
   for I am poor and needy. 
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
   save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
   for to you do I cry all day long. 
Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. 
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
   listen to my cry of supplication. 
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
   for you will answer me. 

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
   nor are there any works like yours. 
All the nations you have made shall come
   and bow down before you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name. 
For you are great and do wondrous things;
   you alone are God. 
Teach me your way, O Lord,
   that I may walk in your truth;
   give me an undivided heart to revere your name. 
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
   and I will glorify your name for ever. 
For great is your steadfast love towards me;
   you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 

O God, the insolent rise up against me;
   a band of ruffians seeks my life,
   and they do not set you before them. 
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
   give your strength to your servant;
   save the child of your serving-maid. 
Show me a sign of your favour,
   so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
   because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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