Morning Prayer Readings
Monday after Epiphany 4
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
BE merciful unto me, O God, for man goeth about to devour me; * he is daily fighting, and troubling me.
Mine enemies are daily at hand to swallow me up; * for they be many that fight against me, O thou Most Highest.
Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid, * yet put I my trust in thee.
I will praise God, because of his word: * I have put my trust in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
They daily mistake my words; * all that they imagine is to do me evil.
They hold all together, and keep themselves close, * and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul.
Shall they escape for their wickedness? * thou, O God, in thy displeasure shalt cast them down.
Thou tellest my wanderings; put my tears into thy bottle: * are not these things noted in thy book?
Whensoever I call upon thee, then shall mine enemies be put to flight: * this I know; for God is on my side.
In God's word will I rejoice; * in the LORD'S word will I comfort me.
Yea, in God have I put my trust; * I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows; * unto thee will I give thanks.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling, * that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
O GOD, thou hast cast us out, and scattered us abroad; * thou hast also been displeased: O turn thee unto us again.
Thou hast moved the land, and divided it: * heal the sores thereof, for it shaketh.
Thou hast showed thy people heavy things; * thou hast given us a drink of deadly wine.
Thou hast given a token for such as fear thee, * that they may triumph because of the truth.
Therefore were thy beloved delivered; * help me with thy right hand, and hear me.
God hath spoken in his holiness, I will rejoice, and divide Shechem, * and mete out the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; * Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my law-giver;
Moab is my wash-pot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; * Philistia, be thou glad of me.
Who will lead me into the strong city? * who will bring me into Edom?
Hast not thou cast us out, O God? * wilt not thou, O God, go out with our hosts?
O be thou our help in trouble; * for vain is the help of man.
Through God will we do great acts; * for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
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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