July 16th, 2019

Ruth


First Reading: Judg. 16:4-30

 4After this he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5And(A) the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her,(B) "Seduce him, and see where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to(C) humble him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver." 6So Delilah said to Samson, "Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could(D) subdue you."

 7Samson said to her, "If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried,(E) then I shall become weak and be like any other man." 8Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

 10Then Delilah said to Samson, "Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies. Please tell me how you might be bound." 11And he said to her, "If they bind me with(F) new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man." 12So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And the men lying in ambush were in an inner chamber. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread.

 13Then Delilah said to Samson, "Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound." And he said to her, "If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and fasten it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man." 14So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web.[a] And she made them tight with the pin and said to him, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" But he awoke from his sleep and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web.

 15And she said to him,(G) "How can you say, 'I love you,' when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and you have not told me where your great strength lies." 16And(H) when she pressed him hard with her words day after day, and urged him, his soul was vexed to death. 17And he told her all his heart, and said to her,(I) "A razor has never come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If my head is shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak and be like any other man."

 18When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, "Come up again, for he has told me all his heart." Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought(J) the money in their hands. 19She made him sleep on her knees. And she called a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began(K) to torment him, and his strength left him. 20And she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" And he awoke from his sleep and said, "I will go out as at other times and shake myself free." But he did not know that(L) the LORD had left him. 21And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles.(M) And he ground at the mill in the prison. 22But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.

The Death of Samson
 23Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to(N) Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand." 24And when the people saw him,(O) they praised their god. For they said, "Our god has given our enemy into our hand, the ravager of our country, who has killed many of us."[b] 25And(P) when their hearts were merry, they said, "Call Samson, that he may entertain us." So they called Samson out of the prison, and he entertained them. They made him stand between the pillars. 26And Samson said to the young man who held him by the hand, "Let me feel the pillars on which the house rests, that I may lean against them." 27Now the house was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there, and(Q) on the roof there were about 3,000 men and women, who looked on while Samson entertained.

 28Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD,(R) please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes." 29And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his weight against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other. 30And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines." Then he bowed with all his strength, and the house fell upon the lords and upon all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.

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Second Reading: Gal. 4:12-31

 12Brothers,[a](A) I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are.(B) You did me no wrong. 13You know it was(C) because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you(D) at first, 14and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me(E) as an angel of God,(F) as Christ Jesus. 15What then has become of the blessing you felt? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16Have I then become your enemy by(G) telling you the truth?[b] 17They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. 18It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and(H) not only when I am present with you, 19(I) my little children,(J) for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ(K) is formed in you! 20I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Example of Hagar and Sarah
 21Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons,(L) one by a slave woman and(M) one by a free woman. 23But(N) the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while(O) the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two(P) covenants.(Q) One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia;[c] she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But(R) the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27For it is written,
   (S) "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;
   break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor!For the children of the desolate one will be more
   than those of the one who has a husband."

 28Now you,[d] brothers,(T) like Isaac,(U) are children of promise. 29But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh(V) persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit,(W) so also it is now. 30But what does the Scripture say?(X) "Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman." 31So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but(Y) of the free woman.

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