July 30th, 2019

Tuesday of Trinity 6


First Reading: 1 Sam. 15:10-35

 10The word of the LORD came to Samuel: 11(A) "I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and(B) has not performed my commandments." And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the LORD all night. 12And Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning. And it was told Samuel, "Saul came to(C) Carmel, and behold, he set up a monument for himself and turned and passed on and went down to Gilgal." 13And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him,(D) "Blessed be you to the LORD. I have performed the commandment of the LORD." 14And Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?" 15Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites,(E) for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to the LORD your God, and the rest we have devoted to destruction." 16Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stop! I will tell you what the LORD said to me this night." And he said to him, "Speak."

 17And Samuel said,(F) "Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel. 18And the LORD sent you on a mission and said, 'Go, devote to destruction the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.' 19Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD?(G) Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the LORD?" 20And Saul said to Samuel,(H) "I have obeyed the voice of the LORD. I have gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21(I) But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal." 22And Samuel said,
   (J) "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
   as in obeying the voice of the LORD?Behold,(K) to obey is better than sacrifice,
   and to listen than the fat of rams. 23For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
   and presumption is as iniquity and(L) idolatry.Because(M) you have rejected the word of the LORD,
   (N) he has also rejected you from being king."

 24Saul said to Samuel,(O) "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25Now therefore, please pardon my sin and(P) return with me that I may worship the LORD." 26And Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you.(Q) For you have rejected the word of the LORD,(R) and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel." 27(S) As Samuel turned to go away, Saul seized the skirt of his robe, and it tore. 28And Samuel said to him,(T) "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. 29And also the Glory of Israel(U) will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret." 30Then he said, "I have sinned; yet(V) honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel,(W) and return with me, that I may bow before the LORD your God." 31So Samuel turned back after Saul, and Saul bowed before the LORD.

 32Then Samuel said, "Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites." And Agag came to him cheerfully.[a] Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past." 33And Samuel said,(X) "As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hacked Agag to pieces before the LORD(Y) in Gilgal.

 34Then Samuel went(Z) to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house in(AA) Gibeah of Saul. 35(AB) And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death,(AC) but Samuel grieved over Saul.(AD) And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.

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Second Reading: Acts 24:24-25:12

 24After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about(A) faith(B) in Christ Jesus. 25And as he reasoned(C) about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present.(D) When I get an opportunity I will summon you." 26At the same time he hoped(E) that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him. 27When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius(F) Festus. And(G) desiring to do the Jews a favor,(H) Felix left Paul in prison.

Paul Appeals to Caesar
 1Now three days after Festus had arrived in(I) the province, he went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea. 2And the chief priests and the principal men of the Jews(J) laid out their case against Paul, and they urged him, 3asking as a favor against Paul[a] that he summon him to Jerusalem—because(K) they were planning an ambush to kill him on the way. 4Festus replied that Paul was being kept at Caesarea and that he himself intended to go there shortly. 5"So," said he, "let the men of authority among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them bring charges against him."

 6After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on(L) the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought. 7When he had arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him(M) that they could not prove. 8Paul argued in his defense, "Neither(N) against(O) the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor(P) against Caesar have I committed any offense." 9But Festus,(Q) wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, "Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?" 10But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar’s(R) tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well. 11If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them.(S) I appeal to Caesar." 12Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, "To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go."

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