Tuesday 9 March

Collect
Eternal God,
give us insight
to discern your will for us,
to give up what harms us,
and to seek the perfection we are promised
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Jeremiah 11.18–12.6
     It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew;
   then you showed me their evil deeds.
     But I was like a gentle lamb
   led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me
   that they devised schemes, saying,
‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
   let us cut him off from the land of the living,
   so that his name will no longer be remembered!’
     But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously,
   who try the heart and the mind,
let me see your retribution upon them,
   for to you I have committed my cause.
     Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the people of Anathoth, who seek your life, and say, ‘You shall not prophesy in the name of the Lord, or you will die by our hand’—     therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: I am going to punish them; the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine;     and not even a remnant shall be left of them. For I will bring disaster upon the people of Anathoth, the year of their punishment.
    You will be in the right, O Lord,
   when I lay charges against you;
   but let me put my case to you.
Why does the way of the guilty prosper?
   Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
   You plant them, and they take root;
   they grow and bring forth fruit;
you are near in their mouths
   yet far from their hearts.
   But you, O Lord, know me;
   You see me and test me—my heart is with you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
   and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
   How long will the land mourn,
   and the grass of every field wither?
For the wickedness of those who live in it
   the animals and the birds are swept away,
   and because people said, ‘He is blind to our ways.’
   If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you,
   how will you compete with horses?
And if in a safe land you fall down,
   how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?
   For even your kinsfolk and your own family,
   even they have dealt treacherously with you;
   they are in full cry after you;
do not believe them,
   though they speak friendly words to you.

Psalm 6
    O Lord, rebuke me not in your wrath; 
   neither chasten me in your fierce anger.
    Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am weak; 
   Lord, heal me, for my bones are racked.
    My soul also shakes with terror; 
   how long, O Lord, how long?
    Turn again, O Lord, and deliver my soul; 
   save me for your loving mercy’s sake.
    For in death no one remembers you; 
   and who can give you thanks in the grave?
    I am weary with my groaning; 
   every night I drench my pillow
      and flood my bed with my tears.
    My eyes are wasted with grief 
   and worn away because of all my enemies.
    Depart from me, all you that do evil, 
   for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
    The Lord has heard my supplication; 
   the Lord will receive my prayer.
      All my enemies shall be put to shame and confusion; 
   they shall suddenly turn back in their shame.