Evening Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Trinity 15

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 72


The Seventy-Second Psalm

Deus, judicium.


GIVE the King thy judgments, O God, * and thy righteousness unto the King's son.
 
Then shall he judge thy people according unto right, * and defend the poor.
 
The mountains also shall bring peace, * and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
 
He shall keep the simple folk by their right, * defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.
 
They shall fear thee, as long as the sun and moon endureth, * from one generation to another.
 
He shall come down like the rain upon the mown grass, * even as the drops that water the earth.
 
In his time shall the righteous flourish; * yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.
 
His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other, * and from the River unto the world's end.
 
They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him; * his enemies shall lick the dust.
 
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall give presents; * the kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring gifts.
 
All kings shall fall down before him; * all nations shall do him service.
 
For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth; * the needy also, and him that hath no helper.
 
He shall be favourable to the simple and needy, * and shall preserve the souls of the poor.
 
He shall deliver their souls from falsehood and wrong; * and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
 
He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia; * prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.
 
There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills ; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: * and they of the city shall flourish like grass upon the earth.
 
His Name shall endure for ever; his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities, which shall be blessed in him; * and all the nations shall praise him.
 
Blessed be the LORD God, even the God of Israel, * which only doeth wondrous things;
 
And blessed be the Name of his majesty for ever: * and all the earth shall be filled with his majesty. Amen, Amen.



 

The First Lesson


Ecclesiasticus 36:1-17


Have mercy upon us, O Lord God of all, and behold us: And send thy fear upon all the nations that seek not after thee. Lift up thy hand against the strange nations, and let them see thy power. As thou wast sanctified in us before them: so be thou magnified among them before us. And let them know thee, as we have known thee, that there is no God but only thou, O God. Shew new signs, and make other strange wonders: glorify thy hand and thy right arm, that they may set forth thy wondrous works. Raise up indignation, and pour out wrath: take away the adversary, and destroy the enemy. Sake the time short, remember the covenant, and let them declare thy wonderful works. Let him that escapeth be consumed by the rage of the fire; and let them perish that oppress the people. Smite in sunder the heads of the rulers of the heathen, that say, There is none other but we. Gather all the tribes of Jacob together, and inherit thou them, as from the beginning. O Lord, have mercy upon the people that is called by thy name, and upon Israel, whom thou hast named thy firstborn. O be merciful unto Jerusalem, thy holy city, the place of thy rest. Fill Sion with thine unspeakable oracles, and thy people with thy glory: Give testimony unto those that thou hast possessed from the beginning, and raise up prophets that have been in thy name. Reward them that wait for thee, and let thy prophets be found faithful. O Lord, hear the prayer of thy servants, according to the blessing of Aaron over thy people, that all they which dwell upon the earth may know that thou art the Lord, the eternal God.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Matthew 7:13

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.



 

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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