Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Trinity 16

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 139


The One Hundred Thirty Ninth Psalm

Domine, probasti.


O LORD, thou hast searched me out, and known me. * Thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine uprising; thou understandest my thoughts long before.
 
Thou art about my path, and about my bed; * and art acquainted with all my ways.
 
For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, * but thou, O LORD, knowest it altogether.
 
Thou hast beset me behind and before, * and laid thine hand upon me.
 
Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me; * I cannot attain unto it.
 
Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit? * or whither shall I go then from thy presence?
 
If I climb up into heaven, thou art there; * if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
 
If I take the wings of the morning, * and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
 
Even there also shall thy hand lead me, * and thy right hand shall hold me.
 
If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; * then shall my night be turned to day.
 
Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day; * the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
 
For my reins are thine; * thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
 
I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: * marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
 
My bones are not hid from thee, * though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
 
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; * and in thy book were all my members written;
 
Which day by day were fashioned, * when as yet there was none of them.
 
How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God; * O how great is the sum of them!
 
If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: * when I wake up, I am present with thee.
 
Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God? * Depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
 
For they speak unrighteously against thee; * and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
 
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? * and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
 
Yea, I hate them right sore; * even as though they were mine enemies.
 
Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart; * prove me, and examine my thoughts.
 
Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; * and lead me in the way everlasting.



 

The First Lesson


Job 1:13


And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Matthew 11:2-19

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.



 

The Collect

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

O LORD, we beseech thee, let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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