Evening Prayer Readings
Third Sunday in Lent
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.
HEAR my prayer, O LORD, and consider my desire; * hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.
And enter not into judgment with thy servant; * for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; * he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
Therefore is my spirit vexed within me, * and my heart within me is desolate.
Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works; * yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
I stretch forth my hands unto thee; * my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.
Hear me, O LORD, and that soon; for my spirit waxeth faint: * hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning; for in thee is my trust: * show thou me the way that I should walk in; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies; * for I flee unto thee to hide me.
Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee; for thou art my God: * let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.
Quicken me, O LORD, for thy Name's sake; * and for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
And of thy goodness slay mine enemies, * and destroy all them that vex my soul; for I am thy servant.
THE LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, * they stumbled and fell.
Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, which I will require; * even that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the LORD, and to visit his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle; * yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.
And now shall he lift up mine head * above mine enemies round about me.
Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation, with great gladness: * I will sing and speak praises unto the LORD.
Hearken unto my voice, O LORD, when I cry unto thee; * have mercy upon me, and hear me.
My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: * Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
O hide not thou thy face from me, * nor cast thy servant away in displeasure.
Thou hast been my succour; * leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me, * the LORD taketh me up.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, * and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.
Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries: * for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.
I should utterly have fainted, * but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
O tarry thou the LORD'S leisure; * be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart; and put thou thy trust in the LORD.
For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name: That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions, and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
WE beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies; 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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