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18th MARCH, BIBLE READING (ISAIAH 1:10, 16-20)

LEARN TO DO GOOD, SEARCH FOR JUSTICE.

Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the command of our God,
you people of Gomorrah.

“Wash, make yourselves clean.
Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.

“Cease to do evil.
Learn to do good,
search for justice,
help the oppressed,
be just to the orphan,
plead for the widow.

“Come now, let us talk this over,
says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

“If you are willing to obey,
you shall eat the good things of the earth.
But if you persist in rebellion,
the sword shall eat you instead.”
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GENESIS 18:16-33)

ARE YOU GOING TO DESTROY THE JUST MAN WITH THE SINNER?

From Mamre the men set out and arrived within sight of Sodom, with Abraham accompanying them to show them the way. Now the Lord wondered, “Shall I conceal from Abraham what I am going to do, seeing that Abraham will become a great nation with all the nations of the earth blessing themselves by him? For I have singled him out to command his sons and his household after him to maintain the way of the Lord by just and upright living. In this way the Lord will carry out for Abraham what he has promised him.” Then the lord said, “How great an outcry there is against Sodom and Gomorrah! How grievous is their sin! I propose to go down and see whether or not they have done all that is alleged in the outcry against them that has come up to me. I am determined to know.”

The men left there and went to Sodom while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Approaching him he said, “Are you really going to destroy the just man with the sinner? Perhaps there are fifty just men in the town. Will you really overwhelm them, will you not spare the place for the fifty just men in it? Do not think of doing such a thing: to kill the just man with the sinner, treating just and sinner alike! Do not think of it! Will the judge of the whole earth not administer justice?” The Lord replied, “If at Sodom I find fifty just men in the town, I will spare the whole place because of them.”

Abraham replied, “I am bold indeed to speak like this to my Lord, I who am dust and ashes. But perhaps the fifty just men lack five: will you destroy the whole city for five?” “No,” he replied, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five just men there.” Again abraham said to him, “Perhaps there will only be forty there.” “I will not do it,” he replied, “for the sake of the forty.” Abraham said, “I trust my Lord will not be angry, but give me leave to speak: perhaps there will only be thirty there.” “I will not do it,” he replied, “if I find thirty there.” He said, “I am bold indeed to speak like this, but perhaps there will only be twenty there.” “I will not destroy it,” he replied, “for the sake of the twenty.” He said, “I trust my Lord will not be angry if I speak once more: perhaps there will only be ten.” “I will not destroy it,” he replied, “for the sake of the ten.”

When he had finished talking to Abraham the Lord went away, and Abraham returned home.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (GENESIS 13:2, 5-18)

LET THERE BE NO DISPUTE BETWEEN ME AND YOU, FOR WE ARE BROTHERS.

Abram was a very rich man, with livestock, silver and gold. Lot, who was travelling with Abram, had flocks and cattle of his own, and tents too. The land was not sufficient to accommodate them both at once, for they had too many possessions to be able to live together. Dispute broke out between the herdsmen of Abram’s lifestock and those of Lot’s. (The Canaanites and the Perizzites were then living in the land.) Accordingly Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no dispute between me and you, nor between my herdsmen and yours, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land open before you? Part company with me: if you take the left, I will go right; if you take the right, I will go left.”

Looking round, Lot saw all the Jordan plain, irrigated everywhere – this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah – like the garden of the Lord or the land of Egypt, as far as Zoar. So Lot chose all the Jordan plain for himself and moved off eastwards. Thus they parted company: Abram settled in the land of Canaan; Lot settled among the towns of the plain, pitching his tents on the outskirts of Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were vicious men, great sinners against the Lord.

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted company with him, “Look all round from where you are towards the north and the south, towards the east and the west. All the land within sight I will give to you and your descendants for ever. I will make your descendants like the dust on the ground: when men succeed in counting the specks of dust on the ground, then they will be able to count your descendants! Come, travel through the length and breadth of the land, for I mean to give it to you.”

So Abram went with his tents to settle at the Oak of Mamre, at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ISAIAH 1:10; 16-20)

Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the command of our God,
you people of Gomorrah.

“Wash, make yourselves clean.
Take your wrong-doing out of my sight.

“Cease to do evil.
Learn to do good,
search for justice,
help the oppressed,
be just to the orphan,
plead for the widow.

“Come now, let us talk this over,
says the Lord.
Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

“If you are willing to obey,
you shall eat the good things of the earth.
But if you persist in rebellion,
the sword shall eat you instead.”
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 
 

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