Tuesday 21 September

Almighty God,
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Ecclesiastes 5.4–12
When you make a vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Fulfil what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not fulfil it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake; why should God be angry at your words, and destroy the work of your hands?
 With many dreams come vanities and a multitude of words; but fear God.
 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and right, do not be amazed at the matter; for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But all things considered, this is an advantage for a land: a king for a ploughed field.
 The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity.
 When goods increase, those who eat them increase; and what gain has their owner but to see them with his eyes?
 Sweet is the sleep of labourers, whether they eat little or much; but the surfeit of the rich will not let them sleep.

Psalm 119.33–40, 89–96
      Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes
   and I shall keep it to the end.
      Give me understanding and I shall keep your law;
   I shall keep it with my whole heart.
      Lead me in the path of your commandments,
   for therein is my delight.
      Incline my heart to your testimonies
   and not to unjust gain.
      Turn away my eyes lest they gaze on vanities;
   O give me life in your ways.
      Confirm to your servant your promise,
   which stands for all who fear you.
      Turn away the reproach which I dread,
   because your judgements are good.
      Behold, I long for your commandments;
   in your righteousness give me life.
      O Lord, your word is everlasting;
   it ever stands firm in the heavens.
      Your faithfulness also remains from one generation to another;
   you have established the earth and it abides.
      So also your judgements stand firm this day,
   for all things are your servants.
      If your law had not been my delight,
   I should have perished in my trouble.
      I will never forget your commandments,
   for by them you have given me life.
      I am yours, O save me!
   For I have sought your commandments.
      The wicked have waited for me to destroy me,
   but I will meditate on your testimonies.
      I have seen an end of all perfection,
   but your commandment knows no bounds.