Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Epiphany 4
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
UNTO thee, O God, do we give thanks; * yea, unto thee do we give thanks.
Thy Name also is so nigh; * and that do thy wondrous works declare.
In the appointed time, saith God, * I shall judge according unto right.
The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof: * I bear up the pillars of it.
I said unto the fools, Deal not so madly; * and to the ungodly, Set not up your horn.
Set not up your horn on high, * and speak not with a stiff neck.
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, * nor yet from the south.
And why? God is the Judge; * he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; * it is full mixt, and he poureth out of the same.
As for the dregs thereof, * all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and suck them out.
But I will talk of the God of Jacob, * and praise him for ever.
All the horns of the ungodly also will I break, * and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
IN Judah is God known; * his Name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle, * and his dwelling in Sion.
There brake he the arrows of the bow, * the shield, the sword, and the battle.
Thou art glorious in might, * when thou comest from the hills of the robbers.
The proud are robbed, they have slept their sleep; * and all the men whose hands were mighty have found nothing.
At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, * both the chariot and horse are fallen.
Thou, even thou art to be feared; * and who may stand in thy sight when thou art angry?
Thou didst cause thy judgment to be heard from heaven; * the earth trembled, and was still,
When God arose to judgment, * and to help all the meek upon earth.
The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise; * and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain.
Promise unto the LORD your God, and keep it, all ye that are round about him; * bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
He shall refrain the spirit of princes, * and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.
Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?
O GOD, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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