Evening Prayer Readings
Thursday after Trinity 7
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD; * with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; * thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
I have made a covenant with my chosen; * I have sworn unto David my servant:
Thy seed will I stablish for ever, * and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works; * and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
For who is he among the clouds, * that shall be compared unto the LORD?
And what is he among the gods, * that shall be like unto the LORD?
God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, * and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee? * thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
Thou rulest the raging of the sea; * thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it; * thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; * thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
Thou hast made the north and the south; * Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
Thou hast a mighty arm; * strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat; * mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee; * they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
Their delight shall be daily in thy Name; * and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
For thou art the glory of their strength, * and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
For the LORD is our defence; * the Holy One of Israel is our King.
vs 20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, * I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
I have found David my servant; * with my holy oil have I anointed him.
My hand shall hold him fast, * and my arm shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not be able to do him violence; * the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
I will smite down his foes before his face, * and plague them that hate him.
My truth also and my mercy shall be with him; * and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
I will set his dominion also in the sea, * and his right hand in the floods.
He shall call me, Thou art my Father, * my God, and my strong salvation.
And I will make him my firstborn, * higher than the kings of the earth.
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, * and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
His seed also will I make to endure for ever, * and his throne as the days of heaven.
vs 31 But if his children forsake my law, * and walk not in my judgments;
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; * I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, * nor suffer my truth to fail.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips: * I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
His seed shall endure for ever, * and his throne is like as the sun before me.
He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, * and as the faithful witness in heaven.
But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed, * and art displeased at him.
Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant, * and cast his crown to the ground.
Thou hast overthrown all his hedges, * and broken down his strongholds.
All they that go by spoil him, * and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies, * and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword, * and givest him not victory in the battle.
Thou hast put out his glory, * and cast his throne down to the ground.
The days of his youth hast thou shortened, * and covered him with dishonour.
LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself? for ever? * and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
O remember how short my time is; * wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? * and shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?
Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses, * which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have, * and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, * and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed.
Praised be the LORD for evermore. * Amen, and Amen.
Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city: Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult. Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me. Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day. And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter. And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
LORD of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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