Evening Prayer Readings
Thursday after Whitsunday (of Whitsun Week)
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.
For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when thou wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm? For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of the balance, yea, as a drop of the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth. But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things, and winkest at the sins of men, because they should amend. For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing, if thou hadst hated it. And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been thy will? or been preserved, if not called by thee? But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover of souls. For thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things. Therefore chastenest thou them by little and little that offend, and warnest them by putting them in remembrance wherein they have offended, that leaving their wickedness they may believe on thee, O Lord.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people, by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
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