July 24th, 2019

Wednesday of Trinity 5


First Reading: 1 Sam. 8:1-22

Israel Demands a King

 1When Samuel became old,(A) he made his sons judges over Israel. 2The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3Yet his sons did not walk in his ways(B) but turned aside after gain.(C) They took bribes and perverted justice.

 4Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at(D) Ramah 5and said to him, "Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways.(E) Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations." 6But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed to the LORD. 7And the LORD said to Samuel, "Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you,(F) for they have not rejected you,(G) but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them(H) and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them."

Samuel’s Warning Against Kings

 10So Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11He said,(I) "These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you:(J) he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some(K) to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14(L) He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves,(M) but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

The LORD Grants Israel’s Request

 19But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, "No! But there shall be a king over us, 20(N) that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles." 21And when Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the ears of the LORD. 22And the LORD said to Samuel,(O) "Obey their voice and make them a king." Samuel then said to the men of Israel, "Go every man to his city."

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Second Reading: Acts 21:15-36

 15After these days we got ready and went up to Jerusalem. 16And some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us, bringing us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.

Paul Visits James
 17When we had come to Jerusalem,(A) the brothers received us gladly. 18On the following day Paul went in with us to(B) James, and all(C) the elders were present. 19After greeting them,(D) he related one by one(E) the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his(F) ministry. 20And when they heard it, they(G) glorified God. And they said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all(H) zealous for the law, 21and they have been told about you that you teach all(I) the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses,(J) telling them(K) not to circumcise their children or(L) walk according to(M) our customs. 22What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men(N) who are under a vow; 24take these men and(O) purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses,(P) so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law. 25But as for the Gentiles who have believed,(Q) we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled,[a] and from sexual immorality." 26Then Paul took the men, and the next day(R) he purified himself along with them and(S) went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and(T) the offering presented for each one of them.
Paul Arrested in the Temple
 27When(U) the seven days were almost completed,(V) the Jews from Asia,(W) seeing him in the temple, stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him, 28crying out, "Men of Israel, help! This is the man who(X) is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and(Y) the law and(Z) this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place." 29For they had previously seen(AA) Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that Paul had brought him into the temple. 30Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and(AB) dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. 31(AC) And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of(AD) the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. 32(AE) He at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. 33Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him(AF) to be bound(AG) with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. 34(AH) Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into(AI) the barracks. 35And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, 36for the mob of the people followed, crying out,(AJ) "Away with him!"

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