Thursday 21 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 21 September 2023

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1 Kings 22:29-45

So the king of Israel and King Jehoshaphat of Judah went up to
Ramoth-gilead. The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, ‘I will
disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.’ So the
king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. Now the king of
Aram had commanded the thirty-two captains of his chariots, ‘Fight
with no one small or great, but only with the king of Israel.’ When
the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, ‘It is
surely the king of Israel.’ So they turned to fight against him; and
Jehoshaphat cried out. When the captains of the chariots saw that it
was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. But a
certain man drew his bow and unknowingly struck the king of Israel
between the scale-armour and the breastplate; so he said to the driver
of his chariot, ‘Turn around, and carry me out of the battle, for I
am wounded.’ The battle grew hot that day, and the king was propped
up in his chariot facing the Arameans, until at evening he died; the
blood from the wound had flowed into the bottom of the chariot. Then
about sunset a shout went through the army, ‘Every man to his city,
and every man to his country!’

 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; they buried the king
in Samaria. They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; the dogs
licked up his blood, and the prostitutes washed themselves in it,*
according to the word of the Lord that he had spoken. Now the rest of
the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house that he
built, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the
Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel? So Ahab slept with his
ancestors; and his son Ahaziah succeeded him.
 Jehoshaphat son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year
of King Ahab of Israel. Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he
began to reign, and he reigned for twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His
mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. He walked in all the
way of his father Asa; he did not turn aside from it, doing what was
right in the sight of the Lord; yet the high places were not taken
away, and the people still sacrificed and offered incense on the high
places. Jehoshaphat also made peace with the king of Israel.

 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his power that he
showed, and how he waged war, are they not written in the Book of the
Annals of the Kings of Judah?
1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15

Those who are unspiritual* do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit,
for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand
them because they are discerned spiritually. Those who are spiritual
discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s
‘For who has known the mind of the Lord
   so as to instruct him?’
But we have the mind of Christ.
And so, brothers and sisters,* I could not speak to you as spiritual
people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed
you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food.
Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For
as long as there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not of
the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one
says, ‘I belong to Paul’, and another, ‘I belong to Apollos’,
are you not merely human?

 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came
to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered,
but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who
waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who
plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will
receive wages according to the labour of each. For we are God’s
servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master
builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each
builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay
any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation
is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold,
silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— the work of each builder
will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be
revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has
done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder
will receive a reward. If the work is burned, the builder will suffer
loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.
Matthew 5:1-10
When Jesus* saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat
down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught
them, saying:

 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of

 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
they will be filled.

 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of

 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 70, 71

Psalm 70

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
   O Lord, make haste to help me! 
Let those be put to shame and confusion
   who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonour
   who desire to hurt me. 
Let those who say, ‘Aha, Aha!’
   turn back because of their shame. 

Let all who seek you
   rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
   say evermore, ‘God is great!’ 
But I am poor and needy;
   hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
   O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 71

In you, O Lord, I take refuge;
   let me never be put to shame. 
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
   incline your ear to me and save me. 
Be to me a rock of refuge,
   a strong fortress,* to save me,
   for you are my rock and my fortress. 

Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
   from the grasp of the unjust and cruel. 
For you, O Lord, are my hope,
   my trust, O Lord, from my youth. 
Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
   it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you. 

I have been like a portent to many,
   but you are my strong refuge. 
My mouth is filled with your praise,
   and with your glory all day long. 
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
   do not forsake me when my strength is spent. 
For my enemies speak concerning me,
   and those who watch for my life consult together. 
They say, ‘Pursue and seize that person
   whom God has forsaken,
   for there is no one to deliver.’ 

O God, do not be far from me;
   O my God, make haste to help me! 
Let my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
   let those who seek to hurt me
   be covered with scorn and disgrace. 
But I will hope continually,
   and will praise you yet more and more. 
My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
   of your deeds of salvation all day long,
   though their number is past my knowledge. 
I will come praising the mighty deeds of the Lord God,
   I will praise your righteousness, yours alone. 

O God, from my youth you have taught me,
   and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. 
So even to old age and grey hairs,
   O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might
   to all the generations to come.*
Your power and your righteousness, O God,
   reach the high heavens. 

You who have done great things,
   O God, who is like you? 
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
   will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
   you will bring me up again. 
You will increase my honour,
   and comfort me once again. 

I will also praise you with the harp
   for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
   O Holy One of Israel. 
My lips will shout for joy
   when I sing praises to you;
   my soul also, which you have rescued. 
All day long my tongue will talk of your righteous help,
for those who tried to do me harm
   have been put to shame, and disgraced.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 74

Psalm 74

O God, why do you cast us off for ever?
   Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture? 
Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
   which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
   Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell. 
Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
   the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary. 

Your foes have roared within your holy place;
   they set up their emblems there. 
At the upper entrance they hacked
   the wooden trellis with axes.* 
And then, with hatchets and hammers,
   they smashed all its carved work. 
They set your sanctuary on fire;
   they desecrated the dwelling-place of your name,
   bringing it to the ground. 
They said to themselves, ‘We will utterly subdue them’;
   they burned all the meeting-places of God in the land. 

We do not see our emblems;
   there is no longer any prophet,
   and there is no one among us who knows how long. 
How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?
   Is the enemy to revile your name for ever? 
Why do you hold back your hand;
   why do you keep your hand in* your bosom? 

Yet God my King is from of old,
   working salvation in the earth. 
You divided the sea by your might;
   you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters. 
You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
   you gave him as food* for the creatures of the wilderness. 
You cut openings for springs and torrents;
   you dried up ever-flowing streams. 
Yours is the day, yours also the night;
   you established the luminaries* and the sun. 
You have fixed all the bounds of the earth;
   you made summer and winter. 

Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
   and an impious people reviles your name. 
Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild animals;
   do not forget the life of your poor for ever. 

Have regard for your* covenant,
   for the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of
Do not let the downtrodden be put to shame;
   let the poor and needy praise your name. 
Rise up, O God, plead your cause;
   remember how the impious scoff at you all day long. 
Do not forget the clamour of your foes,
   the uproar of your adversaries that goes up continually.

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