Morning Prayer Readings
Saturday after Trinity 14

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 68:1-19


The Sixty-Eighth Psalm

Exsurgat Deus.


LET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered; * let them also that hate him flee before him.
 
Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away; * and like as wax melteth at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
 
But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God; * let them also be merry and joyful.
 
O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnify him that rideth upon the heavens; * praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.
 
He is a Father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows; * even God in his holy habitation.
 
He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; * but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.
 
O God, when thou wentest forth before the people; * when thou wentest through the wilderness,
 
The earth shook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God; * even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.
 
Thou, O God, sentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance, * and refreshedst it when it was weary.
 
Thy congregation shall dwell therein; * for thou, O God, hast of thy goodness prepared for the poor.
 
The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of women that bare the tidings.
 
Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited, * and they of the household divided the spoil.
 
Though ye have lain among the sheep-folds, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove * that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.
 
When the Almighty scattered kings for their sake, * then were they as white as snow in Salmon.
 
As the hill of Bashan, so is God's hill; * even an high hill, as the hill of Bashan.
 
Why mock ye so, ye high hills? this is God's hill, in the which it pleaseth him to dwell; * yea, the LORD will abide in it for ever.
 
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; * and the Lord is among them as in the holy place of Sinai.
 
Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts from men; * yea, even from thine enemies, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
 
Praised be the Lord daily, * even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.
 

 
vs 20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: * GOD is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
 

 
vs 21 God shall wound the head of his enemies, * and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.
 
The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Bashan; * mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.
 
That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, * and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.
 
It is well seen, O God, how thou goest; * how thou, my God and King, goest in the sanctuary.
 
The singers go before, the minstrels follow after, * in the midst of the damsels playing with the timbrels.
 
Give thanks unto God the Lord in the congregation, * ye that are of the fountain of Israel.
 
There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council; * the princes of Zebulon, and the princes of Naphthali.
 
Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee; * stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us,
 
For thy temple's sake at Jerusalem; * so shall kings bring presents unto thee.
 
Rebuke thou the dragon and the bull, with the leaders of the heathen, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver; * scatter thou the peoples that delight in war;
 
Then shall the princes come out of Egypt; * the Morians' land shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
 
Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth; * O sing praises unto the Lord;
 
Who sitteth in the heavens over all, from the beginning: * lo, he doth send out his voice; yea, and that a mighty voice.
 
Ascribe ye the power to God over Israel; * his worship and strength is in the clouds.
 
O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places: * even the God of Israel, he will give strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.



 

The First Lesson


II Samuel 19:11-23


And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king? And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab. And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants. So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan. And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David. And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king. And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord's anointed? And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel? Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.



 

The Second Lesson

II Corinthians 9

For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.



 

The Collect

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

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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