Evening Prayer Readings
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
WHY do the heathen so furiously rage together? * and why do the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together * against the LORD, and against his Anointed:
Let us break their bonds asunder, * and cast away their cords from us.
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: * the Lord shall have them in derision.
Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, * and vex them in his sore displeasure:
Yet have I set my King * upon my holy hill of Sion.
I will rehearse the decree; * the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Desire of me, and I shall give thee the nations for thine inheritance, * and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron, * and break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; * be instructed, ye that are judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD in fear, * and rejoice unto him with reverence.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way, if his wrath be kindled, yea but a little. * Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
THE LORD said unto my Lord, * Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
The LORD shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion: * be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
In the day of thy power shall thy people offer themselves willingly with an holy worship: * thy young men come to thee as dew from the womb of the morning.
The LORD sware, and will not repent, * Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
The Lord upon thy right hand * shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
He shall judge among the heathen; * he shall fill the places with the dead bodies, and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.
He shall drink of the brook in the way; * therefore shall he lift up his head.
Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained? Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary. We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name. Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
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