Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Trinity 1

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 37:26


The Thirty-Seventh Psalm

Noli aemulari.


FRET not thyself because of the ungodly; * neither be thou envious against the evil doers.
 
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, * and be withered even as the green herb.
 
Put thou thy trust in the LORD, and be doing good; * dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
 
Delight thou in the LORD, * and he shall give thee thy heart's desire.
 
Commit thy way unto the LORD, and put thy trust in him, * and he shall bring it to pass.
 
He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, * and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
 
Hold thee still in the LORD, and abide patiently upon him: * but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels.
 
Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: * fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
 
Wicked doers shall be rooted out; * and they that patiently abide the LORD, those shall inherit the land.
 
Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: * thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
 
But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth, * and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.
 
The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just, * and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
 
The Lord shall laugh him to scorn; * for he hath seen that his day is coming.
 
The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, * to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be upright in their ways.
 
Their sword shall go through their own heart, * and their bow shall be broken.
 
A small thing that the righteous hath, * is better than great riches of the ungodly.
 
For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, * and the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
 
The LORD knoweth the days of the godly; * and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
 
They shall not be confounded in the perilous time; * and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
 
As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall consume as the fat of lambs: * yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
 
The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again; * but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
 
Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land; * and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
 
The LORD ordereth a good man's going, * and maketh his way acceptable to himself.
 
Though he fall, he shall not be cast away; * for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
 

vs 25 I have been young, and now am old; * and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.
 

 
vs 26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth; * and his seed is blessed.
 
Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good; * and dwell for evermore.
 
For the LORD loveth the thing that is right; * he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
 
The unrighteous shall be punished; * as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
 
The righteous shall inherit the land, * and dwell therein for ever.
 
The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, * and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
 
The law of his God is in his heart, * and his goings shall not slide.
 
The ungodly watcheth the righteous, * and seeketh occasion to slay him.
 
The LORD will not leave him in his hand, * nor condemn him when he is judged.
 
Hope thou in the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: * when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
 
I myself have seen the ungodly in great power, * and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
 
I went by, and lo, he was gone: * I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
 
Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right; * for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
 
As for the transgressors, they shall perish together; * and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the LORD; * who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
 
And the LORD shall stand by them, and save them: * he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.



 

The First Lesson


Numbers 23:13-26


And Balak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence. And he brought him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar. And he said unto Balak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the Lord yonder. And the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Balak, and say thus. And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken? And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain. And Balak said unto Balaam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all. But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do?



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 4:1-13

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.



 

The Collect

First Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, the strength of all those who put their trust in thee; Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee, both in will and in deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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