July 9th, 2019

Tuesday of Trinity 3


First Reading: Judg. 4:1-24

Deborah and Barak

 1(A) And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD after Ehud died. 2And the LORD(B) sold them into the hand of(C) Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in(D) Hazor. The commander of his army was(E) Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. 3Then the people of Israel(F) cried out to the LORD for help, for he had(G) 900 chariots of iron and he oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years.

 4Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. 5She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in(H) the hill country of Ephraim, and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. 6She sent and summoned(I) Barak the son of Abinoam from(J) Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, "Has not the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded you, 'Go, gather your men at Mount(K) Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. 7And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by(L) the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops,(M) and I will give him into your hand'?" 8Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go." 9And she said, "I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will(N) sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. 10And Barak called out(O) Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh. And 10,000 men went up at his heels, and Deborah went up with him.

 11Now Heber(P) the Kenite had separated from the Kenites, the descendants of(Q) Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had pitched his tent as far away as the oak in(R) Zaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

 12When Sisera was told that Barak the son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, 13Sisera called out all his chariots,(S) 900 chariots of iron, and all the men who were with him, from Harosheth-hagoyim to the river Kishon. 14And Deborah said to Barak, "Up! For this is the day in which(T) the LORD has given Sisera into your hand.(U) Does not the LORD go out before you?" So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with 10,000 men following him. 15(V) And the LORD routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword. And Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot. 16And Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth-hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.

 17But Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, "Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid." So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19And he said to her, "Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty." So she opened(W) a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. 20And he said to her, "Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say, 'No.'" 21But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. 22And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, "Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking." So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple.

 23(X) So on that day God subdued Jabin the king of Canaan before the people of Israel. 24And the hand of the people of Israel pressed harder and harder against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

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Second Reading: Acts 14:1-18

Paul and Barnabas at Iconium

 1Now at Iconium(A) they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2(B) But the(C) unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against(D) the brothers.[a] 3So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for(E) the Lord, who bore witness to(F) the word of his grace,(G) granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4But the people of the city(H) were divided;(I) some sided with the Jews and some with the apostles. 5When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers,(J) to mistreat them and(K) to stone them, 6they learned of it and(L) fled to(M) Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country, 7and there they continued to preach the gospel.

Paul and Barnabas at Lystra

 8Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was(N) crippled from birth and had never walked. 9He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and(O) seeing that he had faith to be made well,[b] 10said in a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And he(P) sprang up and began walking. 11And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian,(Q) "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" 12Barnabas they called(R) Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13And the priest of(S) Zeus, whose temple was at the entrance to the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and(T) wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. 14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they(U) tore their garments and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15"Men,(V) why are you doing these things? We also are men,(W) of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that(X) you should turn from these(Y) vain things to(Z) a living God,(AA) who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. 16In past generations he(AB) allowed all the nations(AC) to walk in their own ways. 17Yet(AD) he did not leave himself without witness, for he(AE) did good by(AF) giving you rains from heaven and(AG) fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with(AH) food and(AI) gladness." 18Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.

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