Friday 29 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 29 September 2023

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2 Kings 9:17-37

In Jezreel, the sentinel standing on the tower spied the company of
Jehu arriving, and said, ‘I see a company.’ Joram said, ‘Take a
horseman; send him to meet them, and let him say, “Is it peace?”
’ So the horseman went to meet him; he said, ‘Thus says the king,
“Is it peace?” ’ Jehu responded, ‘What have you to do with
peace? Fall in behind me.’ The sentinel reported, saying, ‘The
messenger reached them, but he is not coming back.’ Then he sent out
a second horseman, who came to them and said, ‘Thus says the king,
“Is it peace?” ’ Jehu answered, ‘What have you to do with
peace? Fall in behind me.’ Again the sentinel reported, ‘He
reached them, but he is not coming back. It looks like the driving of
Jehu son of Nimshi; for he drives like a maniac.’

 Joram said, ‘Get ready.’ And they got his chariot ready. Then
King Joram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah set out, each in his
chariot, and went to meet Jehu; they met him at the property of Naboth
the Jezreelite. When Joram saw Jehu, he said, ‘Is it peace, Jehu?’
He answered, ‘What peace can there be, so long as the many whoredoms
and sorceries of your mother Jezebel continue?’ Then Joram reined
about and fled, saying to Ahaziah, ‘Treason, Ahaziah!’ Jehu drew
his bow with all his strength, and shot Joram between the shoulders,
so that the arrow pierced his heart; and he sank in his chariot. Jehu
said to his aide Bidkar, ‘Lift him out, and throw him on the plot of
ground belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember, when you and
I rode side by side behind his father Ahab, how the Lord uttered this
oracle against him: “For the blood of Naboth and for the blood of
his children that I saw yesterday, says the Lord, I swear I will repay
you on this very plot of ground.” Now therefore lift him out and
throw him on the plot of ground, in accordance with the word of the
 When King Ahaziah of Judah saw this, he fled in the direction of
Beth-haggan. Jehu pursued him, saying, ‘Shoot him also!’ And they
shot him* in the chariot at the ascent to Gur, which is by Ibleam.
Then he fled to Megiddo, and died there. His officers carried him in a
chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his ancestors in
the city of David.

 In the eleventh year of Joram son of Ahab, Ahaziah began to reign
over Judah.
 When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; she painted her
eyes, and adorned her head, and looked out of the window. As Jehu
entered the gate, she said, ‘Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your
master?’ He looked up to the window and said, ‘Who is on my side?
Who?’ Two or three eunuchs looked out at him. He said, ‘Throw her
down.’ So they threw her down; some of her blood spattered on the
wall and on the horses, which trampled on her. Then he went in and ate
and drank; he said, ‘See to that cursed woman and bury her; for she
is a king’s daughter.’ But when they went to bury her, they found
no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.
When they came back and told him, he said, ‘This is the word of the
Lord, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, “In the
territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; the
corpse of Jezebel shall be like dung on the field in the territory of
Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.” ’
1 Corinthians 7:1-9

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: ‘It is well for a
man not to touch a woman.’ But because of cases of sexual
immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own
husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and
likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority
over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not
have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive
one another except perhaps by agreement for a set time, to devote
yourselves to prayer, and then come together again, so that Satan may
not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. This I say by way
of concession, not of command. I wish that all were as I myself am.
But each has a particular gift from God, one having one kind and
another a different kind.

 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to
remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practising self-control,
they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with
Matthew 6:7-15
‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles
do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many
words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before
you ask him.

 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
   hallowed be your name. 
   Your kingdom come.
   Your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven. 
   Give us this day our daily bread.* 
   And forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
   And do not bring us to the time of trial,*
     but rescue us from the evil one.* 
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your
Father forgive your trespasses.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 88

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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