Evening Prayer Readings
Thursday after Epiphany 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 94


The Ninety- Fourth Psalm

Deus ultionum.


O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth, * thou God, to whom vengeance belongeth, show thyself.
 
Arise, thou Judge of the world, * and reward the proud after their deserving.
 
LORD, how long shall the ungodly, * how long shall the ungodly triumph?
 
How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully, * and make such proud boasting?
 
They smite down thy people, O LORD, * and trouble thine heritage.
 
They murder the widow and the stranger, * and put the fatherless to death.
 
And yet they say, Tush, the LORD shall not see, * neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
 
Take heed, ye unwise among the people: * O ye fools, when will ye understand?
 
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? * or he that made the eye, shall he not see?
 
Or he that instructeth the heathen, * it is he that teacheth man knowledge; shall not he punish?
 
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, * that they are but vain.
 
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, * and teachest him in thy law;
 
That thou mayest give him patience in time of adversity, * until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
 
For the LORD will not fail his people; * neither will he forsake his inheritance;
 
Until righteousness turn again unto judgment: * all such as are true in heart shall follow it.
 
Who will rise up with me against the wicked? * or who will take my part against the evil doers?
 
If the LORD had not helped me, * it had not failed, but my soul had been put to silence.
 
But when I said, My foot hath slipt; * thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
 
In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart, * thy comforts have refreshed my soul.
 
Wilt thou have any thing to do with the throne of wickedness, * which imagineth mischief as a law?
 
They gather them together against the soul of the righteous, * and condemn the innocent blood.
 
But the LORD is my refuge, * and my God is the strength of my confidence.
 

 
vs 23 He shall recompense them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice; * yea, the LORD our God shall destroy them.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 24:1-6, 10-16a


Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea. Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea. From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous.



 

The Second Lesson

I Thessalonians 4:1-12

Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.



 

The Collect

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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