Morning Prayer Readings
Wednesday after Epiphany 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 86


The Eighty-Sixth Psalm

Inclina, Domine.


BOW down thine ear, O LORD, and hear me; * for I am poor, and in misery.
 
Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: * my God, save thy servant that putteth his trust in thee.
 
Be merciful unto me, O Lord; * for I will call daily upon thee.
 
Comfort the soul of thy servant; * for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
 
For thou, Lord, art good and gracious, * and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
 
Give ear, LORD, unto my prayer, * and ponder the voice of my humble desires.
 
In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee; * for thou hearest me.
 
Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; * there is not one that can do as thou doest.
 
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship thee, O Lord; * and shall glorify thy Name.
 
For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: * thou art God alone.
 
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and I will walk in thy truth: * O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.
 
I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart; * and will praise thy Name for evermore.
 
For great is thy mercy toward me; * and thou hast delivered my soul from the nethermost hell.
 
O God, the proud are risen against me; * and the congregations of violent men have sought after my soul, and have not set thee before their eyes.
 
But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy, * long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.
 
O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me; * give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son of thine handmaid.
 
Show some token upon me for good; that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed, * because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 28:1-13


The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out. When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.



 

The Second Lesson

I Peter 2:1-10

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.



 

The Collect

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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