July 17th, 2019

Wednesday of Trinity 4

First Reading: 1 Sam. 1:1-20

The Birth of Samuel

 1There was a certain man of(A) Ramathaim-zophim of(B) the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, son of Elihu, son of Tohu, son of Zuph,(C) an Ephrathite. 2He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

 3Now this man used to go up(D) year by year from his city(E) to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts(F) at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD. 4On the day when Elkanah sacrificed,(G) he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.[a] 6And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. 7So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, "Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad?(H) Am I not more to you than ten sons?"

 9After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of(I) the temple of the LORD. 10She was(J) deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly. 11And she(K) vowed a vow and said, "O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed(L) look on the affliction of your servant and(M) remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life,(N) and no razor shall touch his head."

 12As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14And Eli said to her, "How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you." 15But Hannah answered, "No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but(O) I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD. 16Do not regard your servant as(P) a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation." 17Then Eli answered,(Q) "Go in peace, and the God of Israel(R) grant your petition that you have made to him." 18And she said,(S) "Let your servant find favor in your eyes." Then the woman(T) went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.

 19They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at(U) Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the LORD(V) remembered her. 20And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, "I have asked for him from the LORD."[b]

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Second Reading: Gal. 5:1-26

Christ Has Set Us Free

 1For(A) freedom Christ has(B) set us free;(C) stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to(D) a yoke of(E) slavery.

 2Look: I, Paul, say to you that(F) if you accept circumcision,(G) Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that(H) he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4You are(I) severed from Christ,(J) you who would be justified[a] by the law;(K) you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly(L) wait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus(M) neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but(N) only faith working through love.

 7(O) You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying(P) the truth? 8This persuasion is not from(Q) him who calls you. 9(R) A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10(S) I have confidence in the Lord that you will(T) take no other view than mine, and(U) the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11But if I, brothers,[b] still preach[c] circumcision,(V) why am I still being persecuted? In that case(W) the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish(X) those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!

 13For you were called to freedom, brothers.(Y) Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love(Z) serve one another. 14For(AA) the whole law is fulfilled in one word:(AB) "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15But if you(AC) bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Walk by the Spirit

 16But I say,(AD) walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify(AE) the desires of the flesh. 17For(AF) the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other,(AG) to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18But if you are(AH) led by the Spirit,(AI) you are not under the law. 19Now(AJ) the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions,(AK) divisions, 21envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that(AL) those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But(AM) the fruit of the Spirit is(AN) love, joy, peace, patience,(AO) kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23(AP) gentleness,(AQ) self-control;(AR) against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus(AS) have crucified the flesh with its(AT) passions and desires.

 25If we live by the Spirit,(AU) let us also walk by the Spirit. 26(AV) Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

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