Morning Prayer Readings
Saturday after Epiphany 4

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 77


The Seventy-Seventh Psalm

Voce mea ad Dominum.


I WILL cry unto God with my voice; * even unto God will I cry with my voice, and he shall hearken unto me.
 
In the time of my trouble I sought the Lord: * I stretched forth my hands unto him, and ceased not in the night season; my soul refused comfort.
 
When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God; * when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
 
Thou holdest mine eyes waking: * I am so feeble that I cannot speak.
 
I have considered the days of old, * and the years that are past.
 
I call to remembrance my song, * and in the night I commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirit.
 
Will the Lord absent himself for ever? * and will he be no more intreated?
 
Is his mercy clean gone for ever? * and is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore?
 
Hath God forgotten to be gracious? * and will he shut up his loving-kindness in displeasure?
 
And I said, It is mine own infirmity; * but I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most Highest.
 

 
vs 11 I will remember the works of the LORD, * and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
 
I will think also of all thy works, * and my talking shall be of thy doings.
 
Thy way, O God, is holy: * who is so great a God as our God?
 
Thou art the God that doest wonders, * and hast declared thy power among the peoples.
 
Thou hast mightily delivered thy people, * even the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
 
The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid; * the depths also were troubled.
 
The clouds poured out water, the air thundered, * and thine arrows went abroad.
 
The voice of thy thunder was heard round about: * the lightnings shone upon the ground; the earth was moved, and shook withal.
 
Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters, * and thy footsteps are not known.
 
Thou leddest thy people like sheep, * by the hand of Moses and Aaron.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 25:11-15, 17-22


A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.



 

The Second Lesson

Colossians 3:18 - 4:6

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.



 

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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