Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Trinity 9
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
WHY standest thou so far off, O LORD, * and hidest thy face in the needful time of trouble?
The ungodly, for his own lust, doth persecute the poor: * let them be taken in the crafty wiliness that they have imagined.
For the ungodly hath made boast of his own heart's desire, * and speaketh good of the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.
The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God, * neither is God in all his thoughts.
His ways are alway grievous; * thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.
For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down, * there shall no harm happen unto me.
His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud; * under his tongue is ungodliness and vanity.
He sitteth lurking in the thievish corners of the streets, * and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are set against the poor.
For he lieth waiting secretly; even as a lion lurketh he in his den, * that he may ravish the poor.
He doth ravish the poor, * when he getteth him into his net.
He falleth down, and humbleth himself, * that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.
He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten; * he hideth away his face, and he will never see it.
Arise, O LORD God, and lift up thine hand; * forget not the poor.
Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God, * while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou God carest not for it?
Surely thou hast seen it; * for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong, that thou mayest take the matter into thy hand.
The poor committeth himself unto thee; * for thou art the helper of the friendless.
Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious; * search out his ungodliness, until thou find none.
The LORD is King for ever and ever, * and the heathen are perished out of the land.
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the poor; * thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth;
To help the fatherless and poor unto their right, * that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.
And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
GRANT to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the spirit to think and do always such things as are right; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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