Tuesday 12 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 12 September 2023

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1 Kings 16:23-34

In the thirty-first year of King Asa of Judah, Omri began to reign
over Israel; he reigned for twelve years, six of them in Tirzah.
 He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver;
he fortified the hill, and called the city that he built Samaria,
after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.

 Omri did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; he did more evil
than all who were before him. For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam
son of Nebat, and in the sins that he caused Israel to commit,
provoking the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger by their idols. Now
the rest of the acts of Omri that he did, and the power that he
showed, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of
Israel? Omri slept with his ancestors, and was buried in Samaria; his
son Ahab succeeded him.
 In the thirty-eighth year of King Asa of Judah, Ahab son of Omri
began to reign over Israel; Ahab son of Omri reigned over Israel in
Samaria for twenty-two years. Ahab son of Omri did evil in the sight
of the Lord more than all who were before him.
 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of
Jeroboam son of Nebat, he took as his wife Jezebel daughter of King
Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped
him. He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built
in Samaria. Ahab also made a sacred pole.* Ahab did more to provoke
the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than had all the kings of
Israel who were before him. In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho;
he laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up
its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word
of the Lord, which he spoke by Joshua son of Nun.
Philippians 1:12-30

I want you to know, beloved,* that what has happened to me has
actually helped to spread the gospel, so that it has become known
throughout the whole imperial guard* and to everyone else that my
imprisonment is for Christ; and most of the brothers and sisters,*
having been made confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, dare to
speak the word* with greater boldness and without fear.

 Some proclaim Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from
goodwill. These proclaim Christ out of love, knowing that I have been
put here for the defence of the gospel; the others proclaim Christ out
of selfish ambition, not sincerely but intending to increase my
suffering in my imprisonment. What does it matter? Just this, that
Christ is proclaimed in every way, whether out of false motives or
true; and in that I rejoice.

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your
prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will result in
my deliverance. It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be
put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness,
Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by
death. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live
in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know
which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to
depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in
the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I
know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress
and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in
Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so
that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I
will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by
side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way
intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their
destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he
has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in
Christ, but of suffering for him as well— since you are having the
same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Mark 16:1-20
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of
James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen,
they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who
will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ When
they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had
already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young
man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were
alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking
for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is
not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his
disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there
you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled
from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said
nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.* 

And all that had been commanded them they told briefly to those around
Peter. And afterwards Jesus himself sent out through them, from east
to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal
Morning Psalms: Psalm 45

Psalm 45

My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
   I address my verses to the king;
   my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 

You are the most handsome of men;
   grace is poured upon your lips;
   therefore God has blessed you for ever. 
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
   in your glory and majesty. 

In your majesty ride on victoriously
   for the cause of truth and to defend* the right;
   let your right hand teach you dread deeds. 
Your arrows are sharp
   in the heart of the king’s enemies;
   the peoples fall under you. 

Your throne, O God,* endures for ever and ever.
   Your royal sceptre is a sceptre of equity; 
   you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
   with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 
   your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
>From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; 
   daughters of kings are among your ladies of honour;
   at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 

Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
   forget your people and your father’s house, 
   and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him; 
   the people* of Tyre will seek your favour with gifts,
   the richest of the people with all kinds of wealth. 

The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;* 
   in many-coloured robes she is led to the king;
   behind her the virgins, her companions, follow. 
With joy and gladness they are led along
   as they enter the palace of the king. 

In the place of ancestors you, O king,* shall have sons;
   you will make them princes in all the earth. 
I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
   therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 47, 48

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
   shout to God with loud songs of joy. 
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
   a great king over all the earth. 
He subdued peoples under us,
   and nations under our feet. 
He chose our heritage for us,
   the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
   the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
   sing praises to our King, sing praises. 
For God is the king of all the earth;
   sing praises with a psalm.* 

God is king over the nations;
   God sits on his holy throne. 
The princes of the peoples gather
   as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
   he is highly exalted.

Psalm 48

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
   in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
   is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
   the city of the great King. 
Within its citadels God
   has shown himself a sure defence. 

Then the kings assembled,
   they came on together. 
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
   they were in panic, they took to flight; 
trembling took hold of them there,
   pains as of a woman in labour, 
as when an east wind shatters
   the ships of Tarshish. 
As we have heard, so have we seen
   in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
   which God establishes for ever.

We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
   in the midst of your temple. 
Your name, O God, like your praise,
   reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with victory. 
   Let Mount Zion be glad,
let the towns* of Judah rejoice
   because of your judgements. 

Walk about Zion, go all around it,
   count its towers, 
consider well its ramparts;
   go through its citadels,
that you may tell the next generation 
   that this is God,
our God for ever and ever.
   He will be our guide for ever.

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