July 15th, 2019

Monday of Trinity 4

First Reading: Judg. 15:1-16:3

Samson Defeats the Philistines

 1After some days, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson went to visit his wife with(A) a young goat. And he said, "I will go in to my wife in the chamber." But her father would not allow him to go in. 2And her father said, "I really thought that you utterly hated her,(B) so I gave her to your companion. Is not her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please take her instead." 3And Samson said to them, "This time I shall be innocent in regard to the Philistines, when I do them harm." 4So Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails. 5And when he had set fire to the torches, he let the foxes go into the standing grain of the Philistines and set fire to the stacked grain and the standing grain, as well as the olive orchards. 6Then the Philistines said, "Who has done this?" And they said, "Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife(C) and given her to his companion." And the Philistines came up and(D) burned her and her father with fire. 7And Samson said to them, "If this is what you do, I swear I will be avenged on you, and after that I will quit." 8And he struck them hip and thigh with a great blow, and he went down and stayed in the(E) cleft of the rock of Etam.

 9Then the Philistines came up and encamped in Judah and(F) made a raid on(G) Lehi. 10And the men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" They said, "We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he did to us." 11Then 3,000 men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, "Do you not know that(H) the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" And he said to them, "As they did to me, so have I done to them." 12And they said to him, "We have come down to bind you, that we may give you into the hands of the Philistines." And Samson said to them, "Swear to me that you will not attack me yourselves." 13They said to him, "No; we will only bind you and give you into their hands. We will surely not kill you." So they bound him with two(I) new ropes and brought him up from the rock.

 14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him.(J) Then the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. 15And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it,(K) and with it he struck 1,000 men. 16And Samson said,
   "With the jawbone of a donkey,
   heaps upon heaps,with the jawbone of a donkey
   have I struck down a thousand men."

 17As soon as he had finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone out of his hand. And that place(L) was called Ramath-lehi.[a]

 18And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the LORD and said,(M) "You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?" 19And God split open the hollow place that is(N) at Lehi, and water came out from it. And when he drank,(O) his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore the name of it was called En-hakkore;[b] it is at Lehi to this day. 20And he judged Israel(P) in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Samson and Delilah

 1Samson went to(Q) Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her. 2The Gazites were told, "Samson has come here." And they(R) surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, "Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him." 3But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.

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Second Reading: Gal. 3:23-4:11

 23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law,(A) imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then,(B) the law was our(C) guardian until Christ came,(D) in order that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus(E) you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as(F) were baptized(G) into Christ have(H) put on Christ. 28(I) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free,(J) there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And(K) if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring,(L) heirs according to promise.

Sons and Heirs
 1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,[b] though he is the owner of everything, 2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3In the same way we also, when we were children,(M) were enslaved to the elementary principles[c] of the world. 4But(N) when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,(O) born(P) of woman, born(Q) under the law, 5(R) to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive(S) adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent(T) the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then(U) an heir through God.
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
 8Formerly, when you(V) did not know God, you(W) were enslaved to those that by nature(X) are not gods. 9But now that you have come to know God, or rather(Y) to be known by God,(Z) how can you turn back again to(AA) the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10(AB) You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11I am afraid(AC) I may have labored over you in vain.

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