Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Trinity 15

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 81


The Eighty-First Psalm

Exultate Deo.


SING we merrily unto God our strength; * make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
 
Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret, * the merry harp with the lute.
 
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, * even in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feast-day.
 
For this was made a statute for Israel, * and a law of the God of Jacob.
 
This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, * when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
 
I eased his shoulder from the burden, * and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
 
Thou calledst upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee; * and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.
 
I proved thee also * at the waters of strife.
 
Hear, O my people; and I will assure thee, O Israel, * if thou wilt hearken unto me,
 
There shall no strange god be in thee, * neither shalt thou worship any other god.
 
I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt: * open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.
 
But my people would not hear my voice; * and Israel would not obey me;
 
So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lusts, * and let them follow their own imaginations.
 
O that my people would have hearkened unto me! * for if Israel had walked in my ways,
 
I should soon have put down their enemies, * and turned my hand against their adversaries.
 
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him; * but their time should have endured forever.
 
I would have fed them also with the finest wheat-flour; * and with honey out of the stony rock would I have satisfied thee.



 

The First Lesson


I Kings 2:1-4, 10-12


Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.



 

The Second Lesson

II Corinthians 12:1-13

It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.



 

The Collect

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

KEEP, we beseech thee O Lord, thy church with thy perpetual mercy; and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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