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Psalm 18

1  I love you, O Lord my strength. 
   The Lord is my crag, my fortress and my deliverer,
2  My God, my rock in whom I take refuge, 
   my shield, the horn of my salvation and my stronghold.
3  I cried to the Lord in my anguish 
   and I was saved from my enemies.
4  The cords of death entwined me 
   and the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5  The cords of the Pit fastened about me 
   and the snares of death entangled me.
6  In my distress I called upon the Lord 
   and cried out to my God for help.
7  He heard my voice in his temple 
   and my cry came to his ears.
8  The earth trembled and quaked; 
   the foundations of the mountains shook;
      they reeled because he was angry.
9  Smoke rose from his nostrils
      and a consuming fire went out of his mouth; 
   burning coals blazed forth from him.
10  He parted the heavens and came down 
   and thick darkness was under his feet.
11  He rode upon the cherubim and flew; 
   he came flying on the wings of the wind.
12  He made darkness his covering round about him, 
   dark waters and thick clouds his pavilion.
13  From the brightness of his presence, through the clouds 
   burst hailstones and coals of fire.
14  The Lord also thundered out of heaven; 
   the Most High uttered his voice
      with hailstones and coals of fire.
15  He sent out his arrows and scattered them; 
   he hurled down lightnings and put them to flight.
16  The springs of the ocean were seen,
      and the foundations of the world uncovered 
   at your rebuke, O Lord,
      at the blast of the breath of your displeasure.
17  He reached down from on high and took me; 
   he drew me out of the mighty waters.
18  He delivered me from my strong enemy, 
   from foes that were too mighty for me.
19  They came upon me in the day of my trouble; 
   but the Lord was my upholder.
20  He brought me out into a place of liberty; 
   he rescued me because he delighted in me.
21  The Lord rewarded me after my righteous dealing; 
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me,
22  Because I had kept the ways of the Lord 
   and had not gone wickedly away from my God,
23  For I had an eye to all his laws, 
   and did not cast out his commandments from me.
24  I was also wholehearted before him 
   and kept myself from iniquity;
25  Therefore the Lord rewarded me
      after my righteous dealing, 
   and according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26  With the faithful you show yourself faithful; 
   with the true you show yourself true;
27  With the pure you show yourself pure, 
   but with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
28  For you will save a lowly people 
   and bring down the high looks of the proud.
29  You also shall light my candle; 
   the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be bright.
30  By your help I shall run at an enemy host; 
   with the help of my God I can leap over a wall.

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2 Kings 22: 1 - 23: 3

Josiah Reigns over Judah

22Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign; he reigned for thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. 2He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

Hilkiah Finds the Book of the Law

3 In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying, 4‘Go up to the high priest Hilkiah, and have him count the entire sum of the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people; 5let it be given into the hand of the workers who have the oversight of the house of the Lord; let them give it to the workers who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house, 6that is, to the carpenters, to the builders, to the masons; and let them use it to buy timber and quarried stone to repair the house. 7But no account shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.’

8 The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.’ When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he read it. 9Then Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, ‘Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workers who have oversight of the house of the Lord.’ 10Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘The priest Hilkiah has given me a book.’ Shaphan then read it aloud to the king.

11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. 12Then the king commanded the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah, saying, 13‘Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our ancestors did not obey the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.’

14 So the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the prophetess Huldah the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; she resided in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter, where they consulted her. 15She declared to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Tell the man who sent you to me, 16Thus says the Lord, I will indeed bring disaster on this place and on its inhabitants—all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read. 17Because they have abandoned me and have made offerings to other gods, so that they have provoked me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched. 18But as to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 19because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place, and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, says the Lord. 20Therefore, I will gather you to your ancestors, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring on this place.’ They took the message back to the king.

Josiah’s Reformation

23Then the king directed that all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem should be gathered to him. 2The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him went all the people of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great; he read in their hearing all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. 3The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, keeping his commandments, his decrees, and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. All the people joined in the covenant.

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Matthew 9: 9-17

The Calling of Matthew

9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

10 And as he sat at dinner* in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting* with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 12But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

The Question about Fasting

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,* but your disciples do not fast?’ 15And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’

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