Evening Prayer Readings
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
DELIVER me, O LORD, from the evil man; * and preserve me from the wicked man;
Who imagine mischief in their hearts, * and stir up strife all the day long.
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; * adder's poison is under their lips.
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the ungodly; * preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords; * yea, and set traps in my way.
I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God, * hear the voice of my prayers, O LORD.
O LORD God, thou strength of my health; * thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
Let not the ungodly have his desire, O LORD; * let not his mischievous imagination prosper, lest they be too proud.
Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them * that compass me about.
Let hot burning coals fall upon them; * let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.
A man full of words shall not prosper upon the earth: * evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
Sure I am that the LORD will avenge the poor, * and maintain the cause of the helpless.
The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name; * and the just shall continue in thy sight.
LORD, I call upon thee; haste thee unto me, * and consider my voice, when I cry unto thee.
Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; * and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth, * and keep the door of my lips.
O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing; * let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness, neither let me eat of such things as please them.
vs 5 Let the righteous rather smite me friendly, and reprove me; * yea, let not my head refuse their precious balms.
As for the ungodly, * I will pray yet against their wickedness.
Let their judges be overthrown in stony places, * that they may hear my words; for they are sweet.
Our bones lie scattered before the pit, * like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.
But mine eyes look unto thee, O LORD God; * in thee is my trust; O cast not out my soul.
Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me, * and from the traps of the wicked doers.
Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together, * and let me ever escape them.
For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when thou wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm? For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth. But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend. For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing, if thou hadst hated it. And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been thy will? or been preserved, if not called by thee? But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls. For thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things. Therefore chastenest thou them by little and little that offend, and warnest them by putting them in remembrance wherein they have offended, that leaving their wickedness they may believe on thee, O Lord.
And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
O MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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