Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Epiphany 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 68:1-19


The Sixty-Eighth Psalm

Exsurgat Deus.


LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let them also that hate him flee before him.
 
Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away; * and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
 
But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful.
 
O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him that rideth upon the heavens; * praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
 
He is a Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows; * even God in his holy habitation.
 
He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; * but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.
 
O God, when thou wentest forth before the people; * when thou wentest through the wilderness,
 
The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God; * even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
 
Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, * and refreshedst it when it was weary.
 
Thy congregation shall dwell therein; * for thou, O God, hast of thy goodness prepared for the poor.
 
The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of women that bare the tidings.
 
Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited, * and they of the household divided the spoil.
 
Though ye have lain among the sheep-folds, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove * that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.
 
When the Almighty scattered kings for their sake, * then were they as white as snow in Salmon.
 
As the hill of Bashan, so is God's hill; * even an high hill, as the hill of Bashan.
 
Why mock ye so, ye high hills? this is God's hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell; * yea, the LORD will abide in it for ever.
 
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; * and the Lord is among them as in the holy place of Sinai.
 
Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts from men; * yea, even from thine enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
 
Praised be the Lord daily, * even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
 

 
vs 20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: * GOD is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
 

 
vs 21 God shall wound the head of his enemies, * and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.
 
The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Bashan; * mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.
 
That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, * and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.
 
It is well seen, O God, how thou goest; * how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary.
 
The singers go before, the minstrels follow after, * in the midst of the damsels playing with the timbrels.
 
Give thanks unto God the Lord in the congregation, * ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
 
There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council; * the princes of Zebulon, and the princes of Naphthali.
 
Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee; * stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
 
For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem; * so shall kings bring presents unto thee.
 
Rebuke thou the dragon and the bull, with the leaders of the heathen, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver; * scatter thou the peoples that delight in war;
 
Then shall the princes come out of Egypt; * the Morians' land shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
 
Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth; * O sing praises unto the Lord;
 
Who sitteth in the heavens over all, from the beginning: * lo, he doth send out his voice; yea, and that a mighty voice.
 
Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel; * his worship and strength is in the clouds.
 
O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: * even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-35


Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.



 

The Second Lesson

Colossians 2:20 - 3:11

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.



 

The Collect

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

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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