Scripture Readings for July 7, 2019    (New Revised Standard Version)
Year C - 4th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

2 Kings 5:1-14: Psalm 30 • Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16  •  Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

2 Kings 5:1-14
5:1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in
high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram.
The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy.

5:2 Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the
land of Israel, and she served Naaman's wife.

5:3 She said to her mistress, "If only my lord were with the prophet who is in
Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy."

5:4 So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel
had said.

5:5 And the king of Aram said, "Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of
Israel." He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold,
and ten sets of garments.

5:6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, "When this letter
reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure
him of his leprosy."

5:7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, "Am I God,
to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy?
Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me."

5:8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his
clothes, he sent a message to the king, "Why have you torn your clothes?
Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel."

5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of
Elisha's house.

5:10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and
your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean."

5:11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, "I thought that for me he
would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God,
and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy!

5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters
of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?" He turned and went away in a rage.

5:13 But his servants approached and said to him, "Father, if the prophet had
commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it?
How much more, when all he said to you was, 'Wash, and be clean'?"

5:14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to
the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and
he was clean.

Psalm 30
30:1 I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes
rejoice over me.

30:2 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

30:3 O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among
those gone down to the Pit.

30:4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy
name.

30:5 For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger
for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

30:6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never be moved."

30:7 By your favor, O LORD, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid
your face; I was dismayed.

30:8 To you, O LORD, I cried, and to the LORD I made supplication:

30:9 "What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise
you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

30:10 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my helper!"

30:11 You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,

30:12 so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give
thanks to you forever.

Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16
6:1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the
Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you
yourselves are not tempted.

6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

6:3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.

6:4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor's work,
will become a cause for pride.

6:5 For all must carry their own loads.

6:6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.

6:7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.

6:8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you
sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.

6:9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time,
if we do not give up.

6:10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and
especially for those of the family of faith.

6:11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!

6:12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you
to be circumcised--only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

6:13 Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be
circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh.

6:14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

6:15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is
everything!

6:16 As for those who will follow this rule--peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon
the Israel of God.

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in
pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.

10:2 He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore
ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

10:3 Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.

10:4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.

10:5 Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this house!'

10:6 And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person;
but if not, it will return to you.

10:7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the
laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house.

10:8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before
you;

10:9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come
near to you.'

10:10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its
streets and say,

10:11 'Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest
against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.'

10:16 "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and
whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons
submit to us!"

10:18 He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning.

10:19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all
the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.

10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but
rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
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