Evening Prayer Readings
Monday after Epiphany 3

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 37:1-24


The Thirty-Seventh Psalm

Noli aemulari.


FRET not thyself because of the ungodly; * neither be thou envious against the evil doers.
 
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, * and be withered even as the green herb.
 
Put thou thy trust in the LORD, and be doing good; * dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
 
Delight thou in the LORD, * and he shall give thee thy heart's desire.
 
Commit thy way unto the LORD, and put thy trust in him, * and he shall bring it to pass.
 
He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, * and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
 
Hold thee still in the LORD, and abide patiently upon him: * but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels.
 
Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: * fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
 
Wicked doers shall be rooted out; * and they that patiently abide the LORD, those shall inherit the land.
 
Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: * thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
 
But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth, * and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.
 
The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just, * and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
 
The Lord shall laugh him to scorn; * for he hath seen that his day is coming.
 
The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, * to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be upright in their ways.
 
Their sword shall go through their own heart, * and their bow shall be broken.
 
A small thing that the righteous hath, * is better than great riches of the ungodly.
 
For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, * and the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
 
The LORD knoweth the days of the godly; * and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
 
They shall not be confounded in the perilous time; * and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
 
As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall consume as the fat of lambs: * yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
 
The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again; * but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
 
Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land; * and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
 
The LORD ordereth a good man's going, * and maketh his way acceptable to himself.
 
Though he fall, he shall not be cast away; * for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
 

vs 25 I have been young, and now am old; * and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.
 

 
vs 26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth; * and his seed is blessed.
 
Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good; * and dwell for evermore.
 
For the LORD loveth the thing that is right; * he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
 
The unrighteous shall be punished; * as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
 
The righteous shall inherit the land, * and dwell therein for ever.
 
The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, * and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
 
The law of his God is in his heart, * and his goings shall not slide.
 
The ungodly watcheth the righteous, * and seeketh occasion to slay him.
 
The LORD will not leave him in his hand, * nor condemn him when he is judged.
 
Hope thou in the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: * when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
 
I myself have seen the ungodly in great power, * and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
 
I went by, and lo, he was gone: * I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
 
Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right; * for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
 
As for the transgressors, they shall perish together; * and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the LORD; * who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
 
And the LORD shall stand by them, and save them: * he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.



 

The First Lesson


Ezekiel 27:1-5, 26-36


The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus; And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord God; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty. Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty. They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee. Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas. Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin. The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots. And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land; And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes: And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing. And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea? When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise. In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall. All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance. The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.



 

The Second Lesson

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.



 

The Collect

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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