Tuesday 16 February

Holy God,
you know the disorder of our sinful lives:
set straight our crooked hearts,
and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Jeremiah 2.1–13
  The word of the Lord came to me, saying:   Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the Lord:
I remember the devotion of your youth,
   your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
   in a land not sown.
   Israel was holy to the Lord,
   the first fruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it were held guilty;
   disaster came upon them,
says the Lord.
   Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.   Thus says the Lord:
What wrong did your ancestors find in me
   that they went far from me,
and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?
   They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
   who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
   in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
   in a land that no one passes through,
   where no one lives?’
   I brought you into a plentiful land
   to eat its fruits and its good things.
But when you entered you defiled my land,
   and made my heritage an abomination.
   The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
   Those who handle the law did not know me;
the rulers transgressed against me;
   the prophets prophesied by Baal,
   and went after things that do not profit.
   Therefore once more I accuse you,
says the Lord,
   and I accuse your children’s children.
     Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look,
   send to Kedar and examine with care;
   see if there has ever been such a thing.
     Has a nation changed its gods,
   even though they are no gods?
But my people have changed their glory
   for something that does not profit.
     Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
   be shocked, be utterly desolate,
says the Lord,
     for my people have committed two evils:
   they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living water,
   and dug out cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns
   that can hold no water.

Psalm 52
    Why do you glory in evil, you tyrant,
   while the goodness of God endures continually?
    You plot destruction, you deceiver;
   your tongue is like a sharpened razor.
    You love evil rather than good,
   falsehood rather than the word of truth.
    You love all words that hurt,
   O you deceitful tongue.
    Therefore God shall utterly bring you down;
   he shall take you and pluck you out of your tent
      and root you out of the land of the living.
    The righteous shall see this and tremble;
   they shall laugh you to scorn, and say:
    ‘This is the one who did not take God for a refuge,
   but trusted in great riches and relied upon wickedness.’
    But I am like a spreading olive tree in the house of God;
   I trust in the goodness of God for ever and ever.
    I will always give thanks to you for what you have done;
   I will hope in your name,
      for your faithful ones delight in it.

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