July 3rd, 2019

Wednesday of Trinity 2


First Reading: Joshua 8:1-28

The Fall of Ai

 1And the LORD said to Joshua,(A) "Do not fear and do not be dismayed. Take all the fighting men with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See,(B) I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, his city, and his land. 2And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did(C) to Jericho and its king. Only(D) its spoil and its livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves. Lay an ambush against the city, behind it."

 3So Joshua and all the fighting men arose to go up to Ai. And Joshua chose 30,000 mighty men of valor and sent them out by night. 4And he commanded them, "Behold,(E) you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you remain ready. 5And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out against us(F) just as before, we shall flee before them. 6And they will come out after us, until we have(G) drawn them away from the city. For they will say, 'They are fleeing from us, just as before.' So we will flee before them. 7Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize the city, for the LORD your God will give it into your hand. 8And as soon as you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire. You shall do according to the word of the LORD.(H) See, I have commanded you." 9So Joshua sent them out. And they went to the place of ambush and lay between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai, but Joshua spent that night among the people.

 10Joshua arose early in the morning and mustered the people and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. 11And(I) all the fighting men who were with him went up and drew near before the city and encamped on the north side of Ai, with a ravine between them and Ai. 12He took about 5,000 men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city. 13So they stationed the forces, the main encampment that was north of the city and its rear guard west of the city. But Joshua spent that night in the valley. 14And as soon as the king of Ai saw this, he and all his people, the men of the city, hurried and went out early to the appointed place[a] toward(J) the Arabah to meet Israel in battle.(K) But he did not know that there was an ambush against him behind the city. 15And Joshua and all Israel(L) pretended to be beaten before them and fled in the direction of the wilderness. 16So all the people who were in the city were called together to pursue them, and as they pursued Joshua they(M) were drawn away from the city. 17Not a man was left in Ai or Bethel who did not go out after Israel. They left the city open and pursued Israel.

 18Then the LORD said to Joshua,(N) "Stretch out the javelin that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand." And Joshua stretched out the javelin that was in his hand toward the city. 19And the men in the ambush rose quickly out of their place, and as soon as he had stretched out his hand, they ran and entered the city and captured it. And they hurried to set the city on fire. 20So when the men of Ai looked back, behold, the smoke of the city went up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that, for the people who fled to the wilderness turned back against the pursuers. 21And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had captured the city, and that the smoke of the city went up, then they turned back and struck down the men of Ai. 22And the others came out from the city against them, so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side. And Israel struck them down, until there was(O) left none that survived or escaped. 23But the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him near to Joshua.

 24When Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the edge of the sword. 25And all who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000, all the people of Ai. 26But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he(P) stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction.[b] 27Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their plunder, according to the word of the LORD that he(Q) commanded Joshua. 28So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a(R) heap of ruins, as it is to this day.

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Second Reading: Acts 11:1-18

Peter Reports to the Church

 1Now the apostles and(A) the brothers[a] who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2So when Peter went up to Jerusalem,(B) the circumcision party criticized him, saying, 3(C) "You went to uncircumcised men and(D) ate with them." 4But Peter began and explained it to them in order: 5(E) "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. 6Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' 8But I said, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' 9But the voice answered a second time from heaven, 'What God has made clean, do not call common.' 10This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12And the Spirit told me to go with them,(F) making no distinction.(G) These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. 13And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, 'Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14(H) he will declare to you a message by which(I) you will be saved, you and all your household.' 15As I began to speak,(J) the Holy Spirit fell on them(K) just as on us at the beginning. 16And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, (L) 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 17If then(M) God gave(N) the same gift to them as he gave to us(O) when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ,(P) who was I(Q) that I could stand in God’s way?" 18When they heard these things they fell silent. And they(R) glorified God, saying,(S) "Then to the Gentiles also God has(T) granted(U) repentance that leads to life."

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