Evening Prayer Readings
Monday after Trinity 15

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 71


The Seventy-First Psalm

In te, Domine, speravi.


IN thee, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion, * but rid me and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
 
Be thou my stronghold, whereunto I may alway resort: * thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence, and my castle.
 
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly, * out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
 
For thou, O Lord GOD, art the thing that I long for: * thou art my hope, even from my youth.
 
Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born: * thou art he that took me out of my mother's womb: my praise shall be alway of thee.
 
I am become as it were a monster unto many, * but my sure trust is in thee.
 
O let my mouth be filled with thy praise, * that I may sing of thy glory and honour all the day long.
 
Cast me not away in the time of age; * forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
 
For mine enemies speak against me; * and they that lay wait for my soul take their counsel together, saying,
 
God hath forsaken him; * persecute him, and take him, for there is none to deliver him.
 
Go not far from me, O God; * my God, haste thee to help me.
 
Let them be confounded and perish that are against my soul; * let them be covered with shame and dishonour that seek to do me evil.
 
As for me, I will patiently abide alway, * and will praise thee more and more.
 
My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and salvation; * for I know no end thereof.
 
I will go forth in the strength of the Lord GOD, *and will make mention of thy righteousness only.
 
Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now; * therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.
 
Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am gray-headed, * until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
 
Thy righteousness, O God, is very high, * and great things are they that thou hast done: O God, who is like unto thee!
 
O what great troubles and adversities hast thou showed me ! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me; * yea, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.
 
Thou hast brought me to great honour, * and comforted me on every side:
 
Therefore will I praise thee, and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of music: * unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
 
My lips will be glad when I sing unto thee; * and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.
 
My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long; * for they are confounded and brought unto shame that seek to do me evil.



 

The First Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 34:18 - 35:3


He that sacrificeth of a thing wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous; and the gifts of unjust men are not accepted. The most High is not pleased with the offerings of the wicked; neither is he pacified for sin by the multitude of sacrifices. Whoso bringeth an offering of the goods of the poor doeth as one that killeth the son before his father's eyes. The bread of the needy is their life: he that defraudeth him thereof is a man of blood. He that taketh away his neighbour's living slayeth him; and he that defraudeth the labourer of his hire is a bloodshedder. When one buildeth, and another pulleth down, what profit have they then but labour? When one prayeth, and another curseth, whose voice will the Lord hear? He that washeth himself after the touching of a dead body, if he touch it again, what availeth his washing? So is it with a man that fasteth for his sins, and goeth again, and doeth the same: who will hear his prayer? or what doth his humbling profit him? He that keepeth the law bringeth offerings enough: he that taketh heed to the commandment offereth a peace offering. He that requiteth a goodturn offereth fine flour; and he that giveth alms sacrificeth praise. To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; and to forsake unrighteousness is a propitiation.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Matthew 7:1-12

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.



 

The Collect

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

KEEP, we beseech thee O Lord, thy church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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