Evening Prayer Readings
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.
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.
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God. Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord. Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the Lord. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
O LORD, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; Send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee. Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
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