Morning Prayer Readings
Tuesday after Epiphany 5
The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
An Independent Traditional 1928 BCP Ministry
GOD standeth in the congregation of princes; * he is a Judge among gods.
How long will ye give wrong judgment, * and accept the persons of the ungodly?
Defend the poor and fatherless; * see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
Deliver the outcast and poor; * save them from the hand of the ungodly.
They know not, neither do they understand, but walk on still in darkness: * all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
I have said, Ye are gods, * and ye are all the children of the Most Highest.
But ye shall die like men, * and fall like one of the princes.
Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth; * for thou shalt take all nations to thine inheritance.
MY song shall be of mercy and judgment; * unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
O let me have understanding * in the way of godliness!
When wilt thou come unto me? * I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.
I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the sins of unfaithfulness; * there shall no such cleave unto me.
A froward heart shall depart from me; * I will not know a wicked person.
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, * him will I destroy.
Whoso hath also a haughty look and a proud heart, * I will not suffer him.
Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land, * that they may dwell with me.
Whoso leadeth a godly life, * he shall be my servant.
There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house; * he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land; * that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both. Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
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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