July 29th, 2019

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany


First Reading: 1 Sam. 14:47-15:9

Saul Fights Israel’s Enemies

 47When Saul had taken the kingship over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab,(A) against the Ammonites, against Edom, against the kings of(B) Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned he routed them. 48And he did valiantly(C) and struck the Amalekites and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who plundered them.

 49(D) Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchi-shua. And the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn was(E) Merab, and the name of the younger Michal. 50And the name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz.(F) And the name of the commander of his army was Abner the son of Ner,(G) Saul’s uncle. 51(H) Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.

 52There was hard fighting against the Philistines all the days of Saul. And when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man,(I) he attached him to himself.

The LORD Rejects Saul

 1And Samuel said to Saul,(J) "The LORD sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the LORD. 2Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'I have noted what Amalek did to Israel(K) in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. 3Now go and strike Amalek and(L) devote to destruction[a] all that they have. Do not spare them,(M) but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'"

 4So Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand men on foot, and ten thousand men of Judah. 5And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley. 6Then Saul said to(N) the Kenites, "Go, depart; go down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them.(O) For you showed kindness to all the people of Israel when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites. 7(P) And Saul defeated the Amalekites from(Q) Havilah as far as(R) Shur, which is east of Egypt. 8And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive(S) and devoted to destruction all the people with the edge of the sword. 9(T) But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fattened calves[b] and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. All that was despised and worthless they devoted to destruction.

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Second Reading: Acts 24:1-23

Paul Before Felix at Caesarea

 1And(A) after five days the high priest(B) Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before(C) the governor their case against Paul. 2And when he had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying:

   

   "Since through you we enjoy much peace, and since by your foresight,(D) most excellent Felix, reforms are being made for this nation, 3in every way and everywhere we accept this with all gratitude. 4But, to detain[a] you no further, I beg you in your kindness to hear us briefly. 5For we have found this man a plague,(E) one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of(F) the sect of the Nazarenes. 6(G) He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him.[b] 8By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him."

 9The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.

 10And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied:

   

   "Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. 11You can verify that(H) it is not more than twelve days since I(I) went up(J) to worship in Jerusalem, 12and(K) they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. 13(L) Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. 14But this I confess to you, that according to(M) the Way, which they call(N) a sect,(O) I worship(P) the God of our fathers, believing everything(Q) laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15(R) having(S) a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be(T) a resurrection(U) of both the just and the unjust. 16So I always(V) take pains to have a(W) clear conscience toward both God and man. 17Now(X) after several years(Y) I came to bring alms to(Z) my nation and to present(AA) offerings. 18While I was doing this, they found me(AB) purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But(AC) some Jews from Asia— 19(AD) they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. 20Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, 21other than this one thing(AE) that I cried out while standing among them: 'It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.'"

Paul Kept in Custody

 22But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of(AF) the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case." 23Then he gave orders to the centurion that he(AG) should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that(AH) none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

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