Morning Prayer Readings
Thursday after Epiphany 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 89:1-19


The Eighty-Ninth Psalm

Misericordias Domini.


MY song shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the LORD; * with my mouth will I ever be showing thy truth from one generation to another.
 
For I have said, Mercy shall be set up for ever; * thy truth shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
 
I have made a covenant with my chosen; * I have sworn unto David my servant:
 
Thy seed will I stablish for ever, * and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
 
O LORD, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works; * and thy truth in the congregation of the saints.
 
For who is he among the clouds, * that shall be compared unto the LORD?
 
And what is he among the gods, * that shall be like unto the LORD?
 
God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints, * and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
 
O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee? * thy truth, most mighty LORD, is on every side.
 
Thou rulest the raging of the sea; * thou stillest the waves thereof when they arise.
 
Thou hast subdued Egypt, and destroyed it; * thou hast scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighty arm.
 
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine; * thou hast laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
 
Thou hast made the north and the south; * Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
 
Thou hast a mighty arm; * strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
 
Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat; * mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
 
Blessed is the people, O LORD, that can rejoice in thee; * they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
 
Their delight shall be daily in thy Name; * and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
 
For thou art the glory of their strength, * and in thy loving-kindness thou shalt lift up our horns.
 
For the LORD is our defence; * the Holy One of Israel is our King.
 

 
vs 20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy saints, and saidst, * I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
 
I have found David my servant; * with my holy oil have I anointed him.
 
My hand shall hold him fast, * and my arm shall strengthen him.
 
The enemy shall not be able to do him violence; * the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
 
I will smite down his foes before his face, * and plague them that hate him.
 
My truth also and my mercy shall be with him; * and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
 
I will set his dominion also in the sea, * and his right hand in the floods.
 
He shall call me, Thou art my Father, * my God, and my strong salvation.
 
And I will make him my firstborn, * higher than the kings of the earth.
 
My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, * and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
 
His seed also will I make to endure for ever, * and his throne as the days of heaven.
 

 
vs 31 But if his children forsake my law, * and walk not in my judgments;
 
If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; * I will visit their offences with the rod, and their sin with scourges.
 
Nevertheless, my loving-kindness will I not utterly take from him, * nor suffer my truth to fail.
 
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips: * I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
 
His seed shall endure for ever, * and his throne is like as the sun before me.
 
He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon, * and as the faithful witness in heaven.
 
But thou hast abhorred and forsaken thine anointed, * and art displeased at him.
 
Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant, * and cast his crown to the ground.
 
Thou hast overthrown all his hedges, * and broken down his strongholds.
 
All they that go by spoil him, * and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
 
Thou hast set up the right hand of his enemies, * and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
 
Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword, * and givest him not victory in the battle.
 
Thou hast put out his glory, * and cast his throne down to the ground.
 
The days of his youth hast thou shortened, * and covered him with dishonour.
 
LORD, how long wilt thou hide thyself? for ever? * and shall thy wrath burn like fire?
 
O remember how short my time is; * wherefore hast thou made all men for nought?
 
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? * and shall he deliver his soul from the power of the grave?
 
Lord, where are thy old loving-kindnesses, * which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
 
Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy servants have, * and how I do bear in my bosom the rebukes of many people;
 
Wherewith thine enemies have blasphemed thee, * and slandered the footsteps of thine anointed.
 
Praised be the LORD for evermore. * Amen, and Amen.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 29:11-25


A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked. The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes. The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever. The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer. Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not. The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.



 

The Second Lesson

I Peter 2:11-17

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.



 

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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