Friday, July 8, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Friday, July 8, 2022

The Daily Lectionary
Friday, July 8, 2022
Psalm 82; Amos 2:4-11; Acts 7:9-16
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 82
A Plea for Justice
A Psalm of Asaph.
1  God has taken his place in the divine council;
     in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2  “How long will you judge unjustly
     and show partiality to the wicked?   Selah
3  Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
     maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
4  Rescue the weak and the needy;
     deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5  They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
     they walk around in darkness;
     all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6  I say, “You are gods,
     children of the Most High, all of you;
7  nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
     and fall like any prince.”

8  Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
     for all the nations belong to you!

Amos 2:4-11
Judgment on Judah
2:4 Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of Judah,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because they have rejected the law of the Lord,
     and have not kept his statutes,
   but they have been led astray by the same lies
     after which their ancestors walked.
5  So I will send a fire on Judah,
     and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.

Judgment on Israel
6  Thus says the Lord:
   For three transgressions of Israel,
     and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
   because they sell the righteous for silver,
     and the needy for a pair of sandals—
7  they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth,
     and push the afflicted out of the way;
   father and son go in to the same girl,
     so that my holy name is profaned;
8  they lay themselves down beside every altar
     on garments taken in pledge;
   and in the house of their God they drink
     wine bought with fines they imposed.

9  Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
     whose height was like the height of cedars,
     and who was as strong as oaks;
   I destroyed his fruit above,
     and his roots beneath.
10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
     and led you forty years in the wilderness,
     to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up some of your children to be prophets
     and some of your youths to be nazirites.
     Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?
   says the Lord.

Acts 7:9-16
7:9 “The patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout Egypt and Canaan, and great suffering, and our ancestors could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our ancestors there on their first visit. 13 On the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 Then Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all; 15 so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors, 16 and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

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

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 was Year B. 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 on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. 
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