July 20th, 2019

Elijah


First Reading: 1 Sam. 3:1-21

The LORD Calls Samuel

 1(A) Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli.(B) And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

 2At that time Eli,(C) whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3(D) The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down(E) in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

 4Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, "Here I am!" 5and ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down.

 6And the LORD called again, "Samuel!" and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." 7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

 8And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the young man. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 10And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant hears." 11Then the LORD said to Samuel, "Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel(F) at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12On that day I will fulfill against Eli(G) all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13(H) And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew,(I) because his sons were blaspheming God,[a](J) and he did not restrain them. 14Therefore I swear to the house of Eli(K) that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever."

 15Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. 16But Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son." And he said, "Here I am." 17And Eli said, "What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me.(L) May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you." 18So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said,(M) "It is the LORD. Let him do what seems good to him."

 19(N) And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him(O) and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20And all Israel(P) from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD. 21And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel(Q) at Shiloh(R) by the word of the LORD.

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Second Reading: Acts 16:1-22

Timothy Joins Paul and Silas

 1Paul[a] came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named(A) Timothy,(B) the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2He was well spoken of by(C) the brothers[b] at Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he(D) took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance(E) the decisions(F) that had been reached by(G) the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5(H) So the churches were strengthened in(I) the faith, and they increased in numbers(J) daily.

The Macedonian Call

 6And(K) they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but(L) the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8So, passing by Mysia, they went down(M) to Troas. 9And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10And when Paul[c] had seen the vision, immediately(N) we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The Conversion of Lydia

 11So, setting sail from Troas, we(O) made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to(P) Philippi, which is a leading city of the[d] district of Macedonia and(Q) a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13And(R) on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate(S) to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we(T) sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods,(U) who was a worshiper of God. The Lord(V) opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15And after she was baptized,(W) and her household as well, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." And she(X) prevailed upon us.

Paul and Silas in Prison

 16As we were going to(Y) the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had(Z) a spirit of(AA) divination and(AB) brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and us,(AC) crying out, "These men are(AD) servants[e] of(AE) the Most High God, who proclaim to you(AF) the way of salvation." 18And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit,(AG) "I command you(AH) in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And(AI) it came out that very hour.

 19But(AJ) when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and(AK) dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, "These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21They(AL) advocate customs that are not lawful for us(AM) as Romans to accept or practice." 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders(AN) to beat them with rods.

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