Evening Prayer Readings
Friday after Lent 2
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
SAVE me, O God; * for the waters are come in, even unto my soul.
I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground is; * I am come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
I am weary of crying; my throat is dry; * my sight faileth me for waiting so long upon my God.
They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; * they that are mine enemies, and would destroy me guiltless, are mighty.
I paid them the things that I never took: * God, thou knowest my simpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.
Let not them that trust in thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my cause; * let not those that seek thee be confounded through me, O Lord God of Israel.
And why? for thy sake have I suffered reproof; * shame hath covered my face.
I am become a stranger unto my brethren, * even an alien unto my mother's children.
For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me; * and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee are fallen upon me.
I wept, and chastened myself with fasting, * and that was turned to my reproof.
I put on sackcloth also, * and they jested upon me.
They that sit in the gate speak against me, * and the drunkards make songs upon me.
But, LORD, I make my prayer unto thee * in an acceptable time.
Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy, * even in the truth of thy salvation.
Take me out of the mire, that I sink not; * O let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Let not the water-flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up; * and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Hear me, O LORD, for thy loving-kindness is comfortable; * turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.
And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: * O haste thee, and hear me.
Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it; * O deliver me, because of mine enemies.
Thou hast known my reproach, my shame, and my dishonour: * mine adversaries are all in thy sight.
Reproach hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness: * I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no man, neither found I any to comfort me.
They gave me gall to eat; * and when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.
vs 23 Let their table be made a snare to take themselves withal; * and let the things that should have been for their wealth be unto them an occasion of falling.
Let their eyes be blinded, that they see not; * and ever bow thou down their backs.
Pour out thine indignation upon them, * and let thy wrathful displeasure take hold of them.
Let their habitation be void, * and no man to dwell in their tents.
For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; * and they talk how they may vex them whom thou hast wounded.
Let them fall from one wickedness to another, * and not come into thy righteousness.
Let them be wiped out of the book of the living, * and not be written among the righteous.
vs 30 As for me, when I am poor and in heaviness, * thy help, O God, shall lift me up.
I will praise the Name of God with a song, * and magnify it with thanksgiving.
This also shall please the LORD * better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
The humble shall consider this, and be glad: * seek ye after God, and your soul shall live.
For the LORD heareth the poor, * and despiseth not his prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise him: * the sea, and all that moveth therein.
For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Judah, * that men may dwell there, and have it in possession.
The posterity also of his servants shall inherit it; * and they that love his Name shall dwell therein.
O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman. The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall feed every one in his place. Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out. Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces. For thus hath the Lord of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her. As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds. Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; Lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.
And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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