Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Love One Another
1 John 3:11

The Daily Lectionary
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
 Psalm 7; Amos 4:6-13; 1 John 3:11-17
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 7
Plea for Help against Persecutors
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
1  O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
     save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
2  or like a lion they will tear me apart;
     they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.

3  O Lord my God, if I have done this,
     if there is wrong in my hands,
4  if I have repaid my ally with harm
     or plundered my foe without cause,
5  then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
     trample my life to the ground,
     and lay my soul in the dust.   Selah

6  Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
     lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
     awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
7  Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
     and over it take your seat on high.
8  The Lord judges the peoples;
     judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
     and according to the integrity that is in me.

9  O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
     but establish the righteous,
   you who test the minds and hearts,
     O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
     who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
     and a God who has indignation every day.

12 If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
     he has bent and strung his bow;
13 he has prepared his deadly weapons,
     making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 See how they conceive evil,
     and are pregnant with mischief,
     and bring forth lies.
15 They make a pit, digging it out,
     and fall into the hole that they have made.
16 Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
     and on their own heads their violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
     and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Amos 4:6-13
Israel Rejects Correction
4:6 I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
     and lack of bread in all your places,
   yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

7  And I also withheld the rain from you
     when there were still three months to the harvest;
   I would send rain on one city,
     and send no rain on another city;
   one field would be rained upon,
     and the field on which it did not rain withered;
8  so two or three towns wandered to one town
     to drink water, and were not satisfied;
   yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

9  I struck you with blight and mildew;
     I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards;
     the locust devoured your fig trees and your olive trees;
   yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

10 I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
     I killed your young men with the sword;
   I carried away your horses;
     and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
   yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

11 I overthrew some of you,
     as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
     and you were like a brand snatched from the fire;
   yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

12 Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
     because I will do this to you,
     prepare to meet your God, O Israel!

13 For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind,
     reveals his thoughts to mortals,
   makes the morning darkness,
     and treads on the heights of the earth—
     the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!

1 John 3:11-17
Love One Another
3:11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. 16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

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. www.commontexts.org
For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

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