July 23rd, 2019

Tuesday of Trinity 5


First Reading: 1 Sam. 6:19-7:17

 19(A) And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the LORD. He struck seventy men of them,[a] and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great blow. 20Then the men of Beth-shemesh said,(B) "Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall he go up away from us?" 21So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of(C) Kiriath-jearim, saying, "The Philistines have returned the ark of the LORD. Come down and take it up to you."

 1And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the LORD and brought it to the house of(D) Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the LORD. 2From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

Samuel Judges Israel
 3And Samuel said to all the house of Israel,(E) "If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then(F) put away the foreign gods and the(G) Ashtaroth from among you and(H) direct your heart to the LORD(I) and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines." 4So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the LORD only.

 5Then Samuel said, "Gather all Israel at(J) Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you." 6So they gathered at(K) Mizpah(L) and drew water and poured it out before the LORD(M) and fasted on that day and said there,(N) "We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah. 7Now when the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8And the people of Israel said to Samuel, "Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines." 9So Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. And(O) Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. 10As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel.(P) But the LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were routed before Israel. 11And the men of Israel went out from Mizpah and pursued the Philistines and struck them, as far as below Beth-car.

 12Then Samuel(Q) took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen[b] and called its name Ebenezer;[c] for he said, "Till now the LORD has helped us." 13(R) So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.

 15(S) Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16And he went on a circuit year by year to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah. And he judged Israel in all these places. 17Then he would return to(T) Ramah, for his home was there, and there also he judged Israel.(U) And he built there an altar to the LORD.

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Second Reading: Acts 19:1-22

Paul in Ephesus

 1And it happened that while(A) Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed(B) through the inland[a] country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2And he said to them,(C) "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said, "No,(D) we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3And he said,(E) "Into what then were you baptized?" They said, "Into(F) John’s baptism." 4And Paul said,(G) "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people(H) to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus." 5On hearing this,(I) they were baptized in[b] the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And(J) when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and(K) they began speaking in tongues and(L) prophesying. 7There were about twelve men in all.

 8And(M) he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them(N) about the kingdom of God. 9(O) But when some became stubborn and(P) continued in unbelief, speaking evil of(Q) the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.[c] 10This continued for(R) two years, so that(S) all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.

The Sons of Sceva

 11And(T) God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12(U) so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and(V) the evil spirits came out of them. 13Then some of the itinerant Jewish(W) exorcists(X) undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying,(Y) "I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims." 14Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15But the evil spirit answered them,(Z) "Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?" 16And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all[d] of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and(AA) the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18Also many of those who were now believers came,(AB) confessing and divulging their practices. 19And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20So the word of the Lord(AC) continued to increase and prevail mightily.

A Riot at Ephesus

 21Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit(AD) to pass through(AE) Macedonia and Achaia and(AF) go to Jerusalem, saying, "After I have been there,(AG) I must also see Rome." 22And having sent into Macedonia two of(AH) his helpers,(AI) Timothy and Erastus, he himself stayed in Asia(AJ) for a while.

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