Thursday 28 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 28 September 2023

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2 Kings 9:1-16

Then the prophet Elisha called a member of the company of prophets*
and said to him, ‘Gird up your loins; take this flask of oil in your
hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead. When you arrive, look there for Jehu
son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi; go in and get him to leave his
companions, and take him into an inner chamber. Then take the flask of
oil, pour it on his head, and say, “Thus says the Lord: I anoint you
king over Israel.” Then open the door and flee; do not linger.’

 So the young man, the young prophet, went to Ramoth-gilead. He
arrived while the commanders of the army were in council, and he
announced, ‘I have a message for you, commander.’ ‘For which one
of us?’ asked Jehu. ‘For you, commander.’ So Jehu* got up and
went inside; the young man poured the oil on his head, saying to him,
‘Thus says the Lord the God of Israel: I anoint you king over the
people of the Lord, over Israel. You shall strike down the house of
your master Ahab, so that I may avenge on Jezebel the blood of my
servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord.
For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; I will cut off from Ahab
every male, bond or free, in Israel. I will make the house of Ahab
like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha
son of Ahijah. The dogs shall eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel,
and no one shall bury her.’ Then he opened the door and fled.

 When Jehu came back to his master’s officers, they said to him,
‘Is everything all right? Why did that madman come to you?’ He
answered them, ‘You know the sort and how they babble.’ They said,
‘Liar! Come on, tell us!’ So he said, ‘This is just what he said
to me: “Thus says the Lord, I anoint you king over Israel.” ’
Then hurriedly they all took their cloaks and spread them for him on
the bare* steps; and they blew the trumpet, and proclaimed, ‘Jehu is
 Thus Jehu son of Jehoshaphat son of Nimshi conspired against Joram.
Joram with all Israel had been on guard at Ramoth-gilead against King
Hazael of Aram; but King Joram had returned to be healed in Jezreel of
the wounds that the Arameans had inflicted on him, when he fought
against King Hazael of Aram. So Jehu said, ‘If this is your wish,
then let no one slip out of the city to go and tell the news in
Jezreel.’ Then Jehu mounted his chariot and went to Jezreel, where
Joram was lying ill. King Ahaziah of Judah had come down to visit
1 Corinthians 6:12-20

‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial.
‘All things are lawful for me’, but I will not be dominated by
anything. ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for
food’,* and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is
meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you
not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore
take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?
Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes
one body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’
But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun
fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but
the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that
your body is a temple* of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have
from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a
price; therefore glorify God in your body.
Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen
by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as
the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they
may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their
reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what
your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and
your Father who sees in secret will reward you.*
 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they
love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so
that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received
their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the
door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who
sees in secret will reward you.*
 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites,
for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are
fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when
you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your
fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 116, 117

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard
   my voice and my supplications. 
Because he inclined his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 
The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish. 
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ 

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful. 
The Lord protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me. 
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 

For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling. 
I walk before the Lord
   in the land of the living. 
I kept my faith, even when I said,
   ‘I am greatly afflicted’; 
I said in my consternation,
   ‘Everyone is a liar.’ 

What shall I return to the Lord
   for all his bounty to me? 
I will lift up the cup of salvation
   and call on the name of the Lord, 
I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people. 
Precious in the sight of the Lord
   is the death of his faithful ones. 
O Lord, I am your servant;
   I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid.
   You have loosed my bonds. 
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
   and call on the name of the Lord. 
I will pay my vows to the Lord
   in the presence of all his people, 
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
   in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations!
   Extol him, all you peoples! 
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
   and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!
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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