Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 14, 2020

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The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, July 14, 2020
Psalm 142; Jeremiah 49:7-11; Ephesians 4:17—5:2
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God my refuge and portion
1  I cry aloud to the Lord;
     I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
2  I pour out before him my complaint;
     before him I tell my trouble.

3  When my spirit grows faint within me,
     it is you who watch over my way.
   In the path where I walk
     people have hidden a snare for me.
4  Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
     no one is concerned for me.
   I have no refuge;
     no one cares for my life.

5  I cry to you, Lord;
     I say, “You are my refuge,
     my portion in the land of the living.”

6  Listen to my cry,
     for I am in desperate need;
   rescue me from those who pursue me,
     for they are too strong for me.
7  Set me free from my prison,
     that I may praise your name.
   Then the righteous will gather about me
     because of your goodness to me.

Edom children of Esau punished
49:7 Concerning Edom:

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

   “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman?
     Has counsel perished from the prudent?
     Has their wisdom decayed?
8  Turn and flee, hide in deep caves,
     you who live in Dedan,
   for I will bring disaster on Esau
     at the time when I punish him.
9  If grape pickers came to you,
     would they not leave a few grapes?
   If thieves came during the night,
     would they not steal only as much as they wanted?
10 But I will strip Esau bare;
     I will uncover his hiding places,
     so that he cannot conceal himself.
   His armed men are destroyed,
     also his allies and neighbors,
     so there is no one to say,
11 ‘Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive.
     Your widows too can depend on me.’”

The old life and the new
4:17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary is a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 14, 2020
Psalm 142; Jeremiah 49:7-11; Ephesians 4:17—5:2

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