Friday, August 26, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Friday, August 26, 2022

1 Peter 4:7-11

The Daily Lectionary
Friday, August 26, 2022
Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Jeremiah 12:1-13; 1 Peter 4:7-11
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 81:1, 10-16
God’s Appeal to Stubborn Israel
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.
1  Sing aloud to God our strength;
     shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

10 I am the Lord your God,
     who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
     Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice;
     Israel would not submit to me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
     to follow their own counsels.
13 O that my people would listen to me,
     that Israel would walk in my ways!
14 Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,
     and turn my hand against their foes.
15 Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
     and their doom would last forever.
16 I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
     and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Jeremiah 12:1-13
Jeremiah Complains to God
12:1 You will be in the right, O Lord,
     when I lay charges against you;
     but let me put my case to you.
   Why does the way of the guilty prosper?
     Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
2  You plant them, and they take root;
     they grow and bring forth fruit;
   you are near in their mouths
     yet far from their hearts.
3  But you, O Lord, know me;
     You see me and test me—my heart is with you.
   Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
     and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
4  How long will the land mourn,
     and the grass of every field wither?
   For the wickedness of those who live in it
     the animals and the birds are swept away,
     and because people said, “He is blind to our ways.”

God Replies to Jeremiah
5  If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you,
     how will you compete with horses?
   And if in a safe land you fall down,
     how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?
6  For even your kinsfolk and your own family,
     even they have dealt treacherously with you;
     they are in full cry after you;
   do not believe them,
     though they speak friendly words to you.

7  I have forsaken my house,
     I have abandoned my heritage;
   I have given the beloved of my heart
     into the hands of her enemies.
8  My heritage has become to me
     like a lion in the forest;
   she has lifted up her voice against me—
     therefore I hate her.
9  Is the hyena greedy for my heritage at my command?
     Are the birds of prey all around her?
   Go, assemble all the wild animals;
     bring them to devour her.
10 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard,
     they have trampled down my portion,
   they have made my pleasant portion
     a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it a desolation;
     desolate, it mourns to me.
   The whole land is made desolate,
     but no one lays it to heart.
12 Upon all the bare heights in the desert
     spoilers have come;
   for the sword of the Lord devours
     from one end of the land to the other;
     no one shall be safe.
13 They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns,
     they have tired themselves out but profit nothing.
   They shall be ashamed of their harvests
     because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

1 Peter 4:7-11
4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

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.
The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.

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