Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Trinity 22 (of the Octave)

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 37:26


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


Deuteronomy 5:1-21


And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, (I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day. Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Neither shalt thou commit adultery. Neither shalt thou steal. Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour. Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Matthew 25:14-30

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.



 

The Collect

Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity

LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church in continual godliness; that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly given to serve thee in good works, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All Saints

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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