July 19th, 2019

Friday of Trinity 4

First Reading: 1 Sam. 2:18-36

 18(A) Samuel was ministering before the LORD, a boy(B) clothed with a linen ephod. 19And his mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year(C) when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, "May the LORD give you children by this woman(D) for the petition she asked of the LORD." So then they would return to their home.

 21(E) Indeed the LORD visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters.(F) And the young man Samuel grew in the presence of the LORD.

Eli Rebukes His Sons
 22Now Eli was very old, and he kept hearing all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who(G) were serving at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 23And he said to them, "Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. 24No, my sons; it is no good report that I hear the people of the LORD spreading abroad. 25If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to the voice of their father,(H) for it was the will of the LORD to put them to death.

 26Now the young man Samuel(I) continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and also with man.

The LORD Rejects Eli’s Household
 27And there came(J) a man of God to Eli and said to him, "Thus the LORD has said,(K) 'Did I indeed reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt subject to the house of Pharaoh? 28(L) Did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense,(M) to wear an ephod before me?(N) I gave to the house of your father all my offerings by fire from the people of Israel. 29Why then do you(O) scorn[a] my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded, and honor your sons above me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of my people Israel?' 30Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares:(P) 'I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,'(Q) but now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 31Behold,(R) the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your house. 32Then(S) in distress you will look with envious eye on all the prosperity that shall be bestowed on Israel,(T) and there shall not be an old man in your house forever. 33The only one of you whom I shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared to weep his[b] eyes out to grieve his heart, and all the descendants[c] of your house shall die by the sword of men.[d] 34(U) And this that shall come upon your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, shall be the sign to you: both of them shall die(V) on the same day. 35(W) And I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in my heart and in my mind.(X) And I will build him a sure house, and he shall go in and out before(Y) my anointed forever. 36And everyone who is left in your house shall come to implore him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread and shall say, "Please put me in one of the priests’ places, that I may eat a morsel of bread."'"

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Second Reading: Acts 15:22-41

The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers

 22Then it seemed good to(A) the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called(B) Barsabbas, and(C) Silas, leading men among(D) the brothers, 23with the following letter:(E) "The brothers, both(F) the apostles and the elders, to the brothers[a] who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia,(G) greetings. 24Since we have heard that(H) some persons have gone out from us and(I) troubled you[b] with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions, 25it has seemed good to us, having come(J) to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our(K) beloved Barnabas and Paul, 26(L) men who have(M) risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27We have therefore sent(N) Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth. 28For it has seemed good(O) to the Holy Spirit and(P) to us(Q) to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29(R) that you abstain from(S) what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."

 30So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. 31And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. 32And Judas and Silas, who were themselves(T) prophets, encouraged and(U) strengthened(V) the brothers with many words. 33And after they had spent some time, they were sent off(W) in peace by(X) the brothers to those who had sent them.[c] 35But(Y) Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

Paul and Barnabas Separate

 36And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit(Z) the brothers(AA) in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are." 37Now Barnabas wanted to take with them(AB) John called Mark. 38But Paul thought best not to take with them one(AC) who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39And there arose(AD) a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other.(AE) Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40but Paul chose Silas and departed,(AF) having been commended by(AG) the brothers to(AH) the grace of the Lord. 41And he went through Syria and Cilicia,(AI) strengthening the churches.

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