Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Trinity 18

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 85


The Eighty-Fifth Psalm

Benedixisti, Domine.


LORD, thou art become gracious unto thy land; * thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
 
Thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people, * and covered all their sins.
 
Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure, * and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
 
Turn us then, O God our Saviour, * and let thine anger cease from us.
 
Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever? * and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
 
Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken us, * that thy people may rejoice in thee?
 
Show us thy mercy, O LORD, * and grant us thy salvation.
 
I will hearken what the LORD God will say; * for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again unto foolishness.
 
For his salvation is nigh them that fear him; * that glory may dwell in our land.
 
Mercy and truth are met together: * righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
 
Truth shall flourish out of the earth, * and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
 
Yea, the LORD shall show loving-kindness; * and our land shall give her increase.
 
Righteousness shall go before him, * and shall direct his going in the way.


Psalm 86


The Eighty-Sixth Psalm

Inclina, Domine.


BOW down thine ear, O LORD, and hear me; * for I am poor, and in misery.
 
Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: * my God, save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.
 
Be merciful unto me, O Lord; * for I will call daily upon thee.
 
Comfort the soul of thy servant; * for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
 
For thou, Lord, art good and gracious, * and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
 
Give ear, LORD, unto my prayer, * and ponder the voice of my humble desires.
 
In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee; * for thou hearest me.
 
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; * there is not one that can do as thou doest.
 
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship thee, O Lord; * and shall glorify thy Name.
 
For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: * thou art God alone.
 
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and I will walk in thy truth: * O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.
 
I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart; * and will praise thy Name for evermore.
 
For great is thy mercy toward me; * and thou hast delivered my soul from the nethermost hell.
 
O God, the proud are risen against me; * and the congregations of violent men have sought after my soul, and have not set thee before their eyes.
 
But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy, * long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.
 
O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me; * give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son of thine handmaid.
 
Show some token upon me for good; that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed, * because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.



 

The First Lesson


Job 24:1-4, 12-20


Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them. They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death. He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Matthew 15:21

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.



 

The Collect

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

LORD, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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