Daily Lectionary (Tuesday, September 24)

MORNING PSALM 54

1   Save me, O God, by your name, 
          and vindicate me by your might. 
2   Hear my prayer, O God; 
          give ear to the words of my mouth.


3   For the insolent have risen against me, 
          the ruthless seek my life; 
          they do not set God before them.                              Selah


4   But surely, God is my helper; 
          the Lord is the upholder of my life. 
5   He will repay my enemies for their evil. 
          In your faithfulness, put an end to them.


6   With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; 
          I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good. 
7   For he has delivered me from every trouble, 
          and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

MORNING PSALM 146

1   Praise the LORD! 
     Praise the LORD, O my soul! 
2   I will praise the LORD as long as I live; 
          I will sing praises to my God all my life long.


3   Do not put your trust in princes, 
          in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
4   When their breath departs, they return to the earth; 
          on that very day their plans perish.


5   Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, 
          whose hope is in the LORD their God, 
6   who made heaven and earth, 
          the sea, and all that is in them; 
     who keeps faith forever; 
7        who executes justice for the oppressed; 
          who gives food to the hungry.


     The LORD sets the prisoners free; 
8        the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. 
     The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; 
          the LORD loves the righteous. 
9   The LORD watches over the strangers; 
          he upholds the orphan and the widow, 
          but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.


10  The LORD will reign forever, 
          your God, O Zion, for all generations. 
     Praise the LORD!

FIRST READING 2 KINGS 5:19-27

19He said to him, “Go in peace.”

But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, 20Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, “My master has let that Aramean Naaman off too lightly by not accepting from him what he offered. As the LORD lives, I will run after him and get something out of him.” 21So Gehazi went after Naaman. When Naaman saw someone running after him, he jumped down from the chariot to meet him and said, “Is everything all right?” 22He replied, “Yes, but my master has sent me to say, ‘Two members of a company of prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim; please give them a talent of silver and two changes of clothing.’” 23Naaman said, “Please accept two talents.” He urged him, and tied up two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and gave them to two of his servants, who carried them in front of Gehazi. 24When he came to the citadel, he took the bags from them, and stored them inside; he dismissed the men, and they left.

25He went in and stood before his master; and Elisha said to him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” He answered, “Your servant has not gone anywhere at all.” 26But he said to him, “Did I not go with you in spirit when someone left his chariot to meet you? Is this a time to accept money and to accept clothing, olive orchards and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves? 27Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you, and to your descendants forever.” So he left his presence leprous, as white as snow.

SECOND READING 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-8

1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. 2And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you?

3For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already pronounced judgment 4in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5you are to hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

6Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

GOSPEL READING MATTHEW 5:27-37

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.37Let your word be &‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

EVENING PSALM 28

1   To you, O LORD, I call; 
          my rock, do not refuse to hear me, 
     for if you are silent to me, 
          I shall be like those who go down to the Pit. 
2   Hear the voice of my supplication, 
          as I cry to you for help, 
     as I lift up my hands 
          toward your most holy sanctuary.


3   Do not drag me away with the wicked, 
          with those who are workers of evil, 
     who speak peace with their neighbors, 
          while mischief is in their hearts. 
4   Repay them according to their work, 
          and according to the evil of their deeds; 
     repay them according to the work of their hands; 
          render them their due reward. 
5   Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, 
          or the work of his hands, 
     he will break them down and build them up no more.


6   Blessed be the LORD, 
          for he has heard the sound of my pleadings. 
7   The LORD is my strength and my shield; 
          in him my heart trusts; 
     so I am helped, and my heart exults, 
          and with my song I give thanks to him.


8   The LORD is the strength of his people; 
          he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 
9   O save your people, and bless your heritage; 
          be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

EVENING PSALM 99

1   The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! 
          He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 
2   The LORD is great in Zion; 
          he is exalted over all the peoples. 
3   Let them praise your great and awesome name. 
          Holy is he! 
4   Mighty King, lover of justice, 
          you have established equity; 
     you have executed justice 
          and righteousness in Jacob. 
5   Extol the LORD our God; 
          worship at his footstool. 
          Holy is he! 

6   Moses and Aaron were among his priests, 
          Samuel also was among those who called on his name. 
          They cried to the LORD, and he answered them. 
7   He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; 
          they kept his decrees, 
          and the statutes that he gave them.


8   O LORD our God, you answered them; 
          you were a forgiving God to them, 
          but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 
9   Extol the LORD our God, 
          and worship at his holy mountain; 
          for the LORD our God is holy.

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