Friday 17 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 17 March 2023 

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Jeremiah 11:1-8,14-20

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: Hear the words of this
covenant, and speak to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem. You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord, the God of
Israel: Cursed be anyone who does not heed the words of this covenant,
which I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of the land
of Egypt, from the iron-smelter, saying, Listen to my voice, and do
all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your
God, that I may perform the oath that I swore to your ancestors, to
give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day. Then I
answered, ‘So be it, Lord.’

 And the Lord said to me: Proclaim all these words in the cities of
Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: Hear the words of this
covenant and do them. For I solemnly warned your ancestors when I
brought them up out of the land of Egypt, warning them persistently,
even to this day, saying, Obey my voice. Yet they did not obey or
incline their ear, but everyone walked in the stubbornness of an evil
will. So I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I
commanded them to do, but they did not.

 As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer
on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the
time of their trouble. What right has my beloved in my house, when she
has done vile deeds? Can vows* and sacrificial flesh avert your doom?
Can you then exult? The Lord once called you, ‘A green olive tree,
fair with goodly fruit’; but with the roar of a great tempest he
will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed. The Lord of
hosts, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of
the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done,
provoking me to anger by making offerings to Baal. 

It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;
   then you showed me their evil deeds. 
But I was like a gentle lamb
   led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me
   that they devised schemes, saying,
‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
   let us cut him off from the land of the living,
   so that his name will no longer be remembered!’ 
But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
   who try the heart and the mind,
let me see your retribution upon them,
   for to you I have committed my cause.
Romans 6:1-11

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace
may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in
it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with
him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the
dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of

 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will
certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that
our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be
destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has
died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe
that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised
from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over
him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he
lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to
sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
John 8:33-47

They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never
been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made

 Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits
sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in
the household; the son has a place there for ever. So if the Son makes
you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of
Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is
no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the
Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard
from the Father.’*
 They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them,
‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing* what Abraham
did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the
truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are
indeed doing what your father does.’ They said to him, ‘We are not
illegitimate children; we have one father, God himself.’ Jesus said
to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came
from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me.
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot accept
my word. You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your
father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not
stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he
speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of
lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of
you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe
me? Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not
hear them is that you are not from God.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 95, 88

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’ 
Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

Psalm 88

O Lord, God of my salvation,
   when, at night, I cry out in your presence, 
let my prayer come before you;
   incline your ear to my cry. 

For my soul is full of troubles,
   and my life draws near to Sheol. 
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;
   I am like those who have no help, 
like those forsaken among the dead,
   like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
   for they are cut off from your hand. 
You have put me in the depths of the Pit,
   in the regions dark and deep. 
Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
   and you overwhelm me with all your waves.

You have caused my companions to shun me;
   you have made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape; 
   my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call on you, O Lord;
   I spread out my hands to you. 
Do you work wonders for the dead?
   Do the shades rise up to praise you?
Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
   or your faithfulness in Abaddon? 
Are your wonders known in the darkness,
   or your saving help in the land of forgetfulness? 

But I, O Lord, cry out to you;
   in the morning my prayer comes before you. 
O Lord, why do you cast me off?
   Why do you hide your face from me? 
Wretched and close to death from my youth up,
   I suffer your terrors; I am desperate.* 
Your wrath has swept over me;
   your dread assaults destroy me. 
They surround me like a flood all day long;
   from all sides they close in on me. 
You have caused friend and neighbour to shun me;
   my companions are in darkness.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 91, 92

Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
   who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,* 
will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress;
   my God, in whom I trust.’ 
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
   and from the deadly pestilence; 
he will cover you with his pinions,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 
You will not fear the terror of the night,
   or the arrow that flies by day, 
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
   or the destruction that wastes at noonday. 

A thousand may fall at your side,
   ten thousand at your right hand,
   but it will not come near you. 
You will only look with your eyes
   and see the punishment of the wicked. 

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,*
   the Most High your dwelling-place, 
no evil shall befall you,
   no scourge come near your tent. 

For he will command his angels concerning you
   to guard you in all your ways. 
On their hands they will bear you up,
   so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. 
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
   the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. 

Those who love me, I will deliver;
   I will protect those who know my name. 
When they call to me, I will answer them;
   I will be with them in trouble,
   I will rescue them and honour them. 
With long life I will satisfy them,
   and show them my salvation.

Psalm 92

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
   to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
   and your faithfulness by night, 
to the music of the lute and the harp,
   to the melody of the lyre. 
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
   at the works of your hands I sing for joy. 

How great are your works, O Lord!
   Your thoughts are very deep! 
The dullard cannot know,
   the stupid cannot understand this: 
though the wicked sprout like grass
   and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction for ever, 
   but you, O Lord, are on high for ever. 
For your enemies, O Lord,
   for your enemies shall perish;
   all evildoers shall be scattered. 

But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
   you have poured over me* fresh oil. 
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
   my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants. 

The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
   and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 
They are planted in the house of the Lord;
   they flourish in the courts of our God. 
In old age they still produce fruit;
   they are always green and full of sap, 
showing that the Lord is upright;
   he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

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