Evening Prayer Readings
Second Sunday in Advent
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
I. Beati immaculati
IX. Bonitatem fecisti
II. In quo corrigit?
X. Manus tuae fecerunt me
XVIII. Justus es, Domine
III. Retribue servo tuo
XI. Defecit anima mea
XIX. Clamavi in toto corde meo
IV. Adhaesit pavimento
XII. In aeternum, Domine
XX. Vide humilitatem
V. Legem pone
XIII. Quomodo dilexi!
XXI. Principes persecuti sunt
VI. Et veniat super me
XIV. Lucerna pedibus meus
XXII. Appropinquet deprecatio
VII. Memor esto verbi tui
XV. Iniquos odio habui
VIII. Portio mea, Domine
XVI. Feci judicium
BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, * and walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart;
Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.
Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!
So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
I will keep thy statutes; * O forsake me not utterly.
WHEREWITHAL shall a young man cleanse his way? * even by ruling himself after thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee; * O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid within my heart, * that I should not sin against thee.
Blessed art Thou, O LORD; * O teach me thy statutes.
With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.
I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.
I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.
My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.
O DO well unto thy servant; * that I may live, and keep thy word.
Open thou mine eyes; * that I may see the wondrous things of thy law.
I am a stranger upon earth; * O hide not thy commandments from me.
My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire * that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
Thou hast rebuked the proud; * and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
O turn from me shame and rebuke; * for I have kept thy testimonies.
Princes also did sit and speak against me; * but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes.
For thy testimonies are my delight, * and my counsellors.
MY soul cleaveth to the dust; * O quicken thou me, according to thy word.
I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me: * O teach me thy statutes.
Make me to understand the way of thy commandments; * and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
My soul melteth away for very heaviness; * comfort thou me according unto thy word.
Take from me the way of lying, * and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
I have chosen the way of truth, * and thy judgments have I laid before me.
I have stuck unto thy testimonies; * O LORD, confound me not.
I will run the way of thy commandments, * when thou hast set my heart at liberty.
TEACH me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes, * and I shall keep it unto the end.
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.
O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.
O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.
Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.
Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.
LET thy loving mercy come also unto me, O LORD, * even thy salvation, according unto thy word.
So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; * for my trust is in thy word.
O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth; * for my hope is in thy judgments.
So shall I alway keep thy law; * yea, for ever and ever.
And I will walk at liberty; * for I seek thy commandments.
I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, * and will not be ashamed.
And my delight shall be in thy commandments, * which I have loved.
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; * and my study shall be in thy statutes.
O THINK upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, * wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust.
The same is my comfort in my trouble; * for thy word hath quickened me.
The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; * yet have I not shrinked from thy law.
For I remembered thine everlasting judgments, O LORD, * and received comfort.
I am horribly afraid, * for the ungodly that forsake thy law.
Thy statutes have been my songs, * in the house of my pilgrimage.
I have thought upon thy Name, O LORD, in the night season, * and have kept thy law.
This I had, * because I kept thy commandments.
THOU art my portion, O LORD; * I have promised to keep thy law.
I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; * O be merciful unto me, according to thy word.
I called mine own ways to remembrance, * and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
I made haste, and prolonged not the time, * to keep thy commandments.
The snares of the ungodly have compassed me about; * but I have not forgotten thy law.
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, * because of thy righteous judgments.
I am a companion of all them that fear thee, * and keep thy commandments.
The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: * O teach me thy statutes.
O LORD, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, * according unto thy word.
O teach me true understanding and knowledge; * for I have believed thy commandments.
Before I was troubled, I went wrong; * but now have I kept thy word.
Thou art good and gracious; * O teach me thy statutes.
The proud have imagined a lie against me; * but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart.
Their heart is as fat as brawn; * but my delight hath been in thy law.
It is good for me that I have been in trouble; * that I may learn thy statutes.
The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me * than thousands of gold and silver.
THY hands have made me and fashioned me: * O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; * because I have put my trust in thy word.
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, * and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, * according to thy word unto thy servant.
O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; * for thy law is my delight.
Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; * but I will be occupied in thy commandments.
Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, * be turned unto me.
O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, * that I be not ashamed.
MY soul hath longed for thy salvation, * and I have a good hope because of thy word.
Mine eyes-long sore for thy word; * saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; * yet do I not forget thy statutes.
How many are the days of thy servant? * when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
The proud have digged pits for me, * which are not after thy law.
All thy commandments are true: * they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
They had almost made an end of me upon earth; * but I forsook not thy commandments.
O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; * and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.
O LORD, thy word * endureth for ever in heaven.
Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; * thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
They continue this day according to thine ordinance; * for all things serve thee.
If my delight had not been in thy law, * I should have perished in my trouble.
I will never forget thy commandments; * for with them thou hast quickened me.
I am thine: O save me, * for I have sought thy commandments.
The ungodly laid wait for me, to destroy me; * but I will consider thy testimonies.
I see that all things come to an end; * but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
LORD, what love have I unto thy law! * all the day long is my study in it.
Thou, through thy commandments, hast made me wiser than mine enemies; * for they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than my teachers; * for thy testimonies are my study.
I am wiser than the aged; * because I keep thy commandments.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep thy word.
I have not shrunk from thy judgments; * for thou teachest me.
O how sweet are thy words unto my throat; * yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!
Through thy commandments I get understanding: * therefore I hate all evil ways.
THY word is a lantern unto my feet, * and a light unto my paths.
I have sworn, and am stedfastly purposed, * to keep thy righteous judgments.
I am troubled above measure: * quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word.
Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O LORD; * and teach me thy judgments.
My soul is alway in my hand; * yet do I not forget thy law.
The ungodly have laid a snare for me; * but yet I swerved not from thy commandments.
Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; * and why? they are the very joy of my heart.
I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway, * even unto the end.
I HATE them that imagine evil things; * but thy law do I love.
Thou art my defence and shield; * and my trust is in thy word.
Away from me, ye wicked; * I will keep the commandments of my God.
O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; * and let me not be disappointed of my hope.
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; * yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes.
Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; * for they imagine but deceit.
Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like dross; * therefore I love thy testimonies.
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; * and I am afraid of thy judgments.
I DEAL with the thing that is lawful and right; * O give me not over unto mine oppressors.
Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good, * that the proud do me no wrong.
Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for thy health, * and for the word of thy righteousness.
O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy, * and teach me thy statutes.
I am thy servant; O grant me understanding, * that I may know thy testimonies.
It is time for thee, LORD, to lay to thine hand; * for they have destroyed thy law.
For I love thy commandments * above gold and precious stones.
Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments; * and all false ways I utterly abhor.
THY testimonies are wonderful; * therefore doth my soul keep them.
When thy word goeth forth, * it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; * for my delight was in thy commandments.
O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
Order my steps in thy word; * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.
O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; * and so shall I keep thy commandments.
Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, * and teach me thy statutes.
Mine eyes gush out with water, * because men keep not thy law.
RIGHTEOUS art thou, O LORD; * and true are thy judgments.
The testimonies that thou hast commanded * are exceeding righteous and true.
My zeal hath even consumed me; * because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
Thy word is tried to the uttermost, * and thy servant loveth it.
I am small and of no reputation; * yet do I not forget thy commandments.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, * and thy law is the truth.
Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; * yet is my delight in thy commandments.
The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: * O grant me understanding, and I shall live.
I CALL with my whole heart; * hear me, O LORD; I will keep thy statutes.
Yea, even unto thee do I call; * help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
Early in the morning do I cry unto thee; * for in thy word is my trust.
Mine eyes prevent the night watches; * that I might be occupied in thy word.
Hear my voice, O LORD, according unto thy loving-kindness; * quicken me, according to thy judgments.
They draw nigh that of malice persecute me, * and are far from thy law.
Be thou nigh at hand, O LORD; * for all thy commandments are true.
As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since, * that thou hast grounded them for ever.
O CONSIDER mine adversity, and deliver me, * for I do not forget thy law.
Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me; * quicken me according to thy word.
Health is far from the ungodly; * for they regard not thy statutes.
Great is thy mercy, O LORD; * quicken me, as thou art wont.
Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me; * yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
It grieveth me when I see the transgressors; * because they keep not thy law.
Consider, O LORD, how I love thy commandments; * O quicken me, according to thy loving- kindness.
Thy word is true from everlasting; * all the judgments of thy righteousness endure for evermore.
PRINCES have persecuted me without a cause; * but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
I am as glad of thy word, * as one that findeth great spoils.
As for lies, I hate and abhor them; * but thy law do I love.
Seven times a day do I praise thee; * because of thy righteous judgments.
Great is the peace that they have who love thy law; * and they have none occasion of stumbling.
LORD, I have looked for thy saving health, * and done after thy commandments.
My soul hath kept thy testimonies, * and loved them exceedingly.
I have kept thy commandments and testimonies; * for all my ways are before thee.
LET my complaint come before thee, O LORD; * give me understanding according to thy word.
Let my supplication come before thee; * deliver me according to thy word.
My lips shall speak of thy praise, * when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word; * for all thy commandments are righteous.
Let thine hand help me; * for I have chosen thy commandments.
I have longed for thy saving health, O LORD; * and in thy law is my delight.
O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; * and thy judgments shall help me.
I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; * O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.
God be merciful unto us, and bless us, * and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us;
That thy way may be known upon earth, * thy saving health among all nations.
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
O let the nations rejoice and be glad; * for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise thee, O God; * yea, let all the peoples praise thee.
Then shall the earth bring forth her increase; * and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us; * and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, * secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
The works of the LORD are great, * sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works, * that they ought to be had in remembrance.
He hath given meat unto them that fear him; * he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
He hath showed his people the power of his works, * that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
The works of his hands are verity and judgment; * all his commandments are true.
They stand fast for ever and ever, * and are done in truth and equity.
He sent redemption unto his people; * he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.
Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as father doth his children. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. For this cause also we thank God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
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