Morning Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Epiphany 3
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
BLESSED is he that considereth the poor and needy; * the LORD shall deliver him in the time of trouble.
The LORD preserve him, and keep him alive, that he may be blessed upon earth; * and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
The LORD comfort him when he lieth sick upon his bed; * make thou all his bed in his sickness.
I said, LORD, be merciful unto me; * heal my soul, for I have sinned against thee.
Mine enemies speak evil of me, * When shall he die, and his name perish?
And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity, * and his heart conceiveth falsehood within himself; and when he cometh forth, he telleth it.
All mine enemies whisper together against me; * even against me do they imagine this evil.
An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him; * and now that he lieth, he shall rise up no more.
Yea, even mine own familiar friend whom I trusted, * who did also eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.
But be thou merciful unto me, O LORD; * raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them.
By this I know thou favourest me, * that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
And in my innocency thou upholdest me, * and shalt set me before thy face for ever.
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, * world without end. Amen.
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him. The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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