Morning Prayer Readings
Friday after Trinity 14
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.
And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son. And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son! And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines; In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well. Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the Lord, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now. Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent. And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?
But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you. For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you. And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you. Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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