Evening Prayer Readings
Fourth Sunday after Easter
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
I WILL love thee, O LORD, my strength. * The LORD is my stony rock, and my defence;
My Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust; * my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, and my refuge.
I will call upon the LORD, which is worthy to be praised; * so shall I be safe from mine enemies.
The sorrows of death compassed me, * and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.
The pains of hell came about me; * the snares of death overtook me.
In my trouble I called upon the LORD, * and complained unto my God:
So he heard my voice out of his holy temple, * and my complaint came before him; it entered even into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked, * the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
There went a smoke out in his presence, * and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
He bowed the heavens also, and came down, * and it was dark under his feet.
He rode upon the Cherubim, and did fly; * he came flying upon the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his secret place, * his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him.
At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed; * hailstones and coals of fire.
The LORD also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his thunder; * hailstones and coals of fire.
He sent out his arrows, and scattered them; * he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.
The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered, * at thy chiding, O LORD, at the blasting of the breath of thy displeasure.
He sent down from on high to fetch me, * and took me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me; * for they were too mighty for me
They came upon me in the day of my trouble; * but the LORD was my upholder.
He brought me forth also into a place of liberty; * he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.
vs 21 The LORD rewarded me after my righteous dealing, * according to the cleanness of my hands did he recompense me.
Because I have kept the ways of the LORD, * and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doth.
For I have an eye unto all his laws, * and will not cast out his commandments from me.
I was also uncorrupt before him, * and eschewed mine own wickedness.
Therefore the LORD rewarded me after my righteous dealing, * and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the holy thou shalt be holy, * and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.
With the clean thou shalt be clean, * and with the froward thou shalt be froward.
For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity, * and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.
Thou also shalt light my candle; * the LORD my God shall make my darkness to be light.
For in thee I shall discomfit an host of men, * and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.
The way of God is an undefiled way: * the word of the LORD also is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in him.
For who is God, but the LORD? * or who hath any strength, except our God?
It is God that girdeth me with strength of war, * and maketh my way perfect.
He maketh my feet like harts' feet, * and setteth me up on high.
He teacheth mine hands to fight, * and mine arms shall bend even a bow of steel.
vs 36 Thou hast given me the defence of thy salvation; * thy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.
Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go, * that my footsteps shall not slide.
I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them; * neither will I turn again till I have destroyed them.
I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand, * but fall under my feet.
Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle; * thou shalt throw down mine enemies under me.
Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me, * and I shall destroy them that hate me.
They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them; * yea, even unto the LORD shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind: * I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.
Thou shalt deliver me from the strivings of the people, * and thou shalt make me the head of the nations; a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me; * the strangers shall feign obedience unto me.
The strangers shall fail, * and come trembling out of their strongholds.
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my strong helper, * and praised be the God of my salvation;
Even the God that seeth that I be avenged, * and subdueth the people unto me.
It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and setteth me up above mine adversaries: * thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.
For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the Gentiles, * and sing praises unto thy Name.
Great prosperity giveth he unto his King, * and showeth loving-kindness unto David his anointed, and unto his seed for evermore.
THE LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, * they stumbled and fell.
Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, which I will require; * even that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the LORD, and to visit his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; * yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
And now shall he lift up mine head * above mine enemies round about me.
Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation, with great gladness: * I will sing and speak praises unto the LORD.
Hearken unto my voice, O LORD, when I cry unto thee; * have mercy upon me, and hear me.
My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: * Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
O hide not thou thy face from me, * nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
Thou hast been my succour; * leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me, * the LORD taketh me up.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, * and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.
Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: * for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
I should utterly have fainted, * but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
O tarry thou the LORD'S leisure; * be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the LORD.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come. Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him.
O ALMIGHTY God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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