Evening Prayer Readings
Monday after Epiphany 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 81


The Eighty-First Psalm

Exultate Deo.


SING we merrily unto God our strength; * make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
 
Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret, * the merry harp with the lute.
 
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, * even in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feast-day.
 
For this was made a statute for Israel, * and a law of the God of Jacob.
 
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, * when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
 
I eased his shoulder from the burden, * and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
 
Thou calledst upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee; * and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.
 
I proved thee also * at the waters of strife.
 
Hear, O my people; and I will assure thee, O Israel, * if thou wilt hearken unto me,
 
There shall no strange god be in thee, * neither shalt thou worship any other god.
 
I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: * open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.
 
But my people would not hear my voice; * and Israel would not obey me;
 
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lusts, * and let them follow their own imaginations.
 
O that my people would have hearkened unto me! * for if Israel had walked in my ways,
 
I should soon have put down their enemies, * and turned my hand against their adversaries.
 
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him; * but their time should have endured forever.
 
I would have fed them also with the finest wheat-flour; * and with honey out of the stony rock would I have satisfied thee.



 

The First Lesson


Isaiah 14:3-11


And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.



 

The Second Lesson

I Thessalonians 1

Paul and Silvanus and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Knowing brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.



 

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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