Morning Prayer Readings
Friday after Epiphany 5

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter


Psalm 92


The Ninety-Second Psalm

Bonum est confiteri.


IT is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, * and to sing praises unto thy Name, O Most Highest;
 
To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning, * and of thy truth in the night season;
 
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute; * upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
 
For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy works; * and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
 
O LORD, how glorious are thy works! * thy thoughts are very deep.
 
An unwise man doth not well consider this, * and a fool doth not understand it.
 
When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish, * then shall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, LORD, art the Most Highest for evermore.
 
For lo, thine enemies, O LORD, lo, thine enemies shall perish; * and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
 
But my horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn; * for I am anointed with fresh oil.
 
Mine eye also shall see his lust of mine enemies, * and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
 
The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree, * and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Lebanon.
 
Such as are planted in the house of the LORD, * shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
 
They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age, * and shall be fat and well-liking;
 
That they may show how true the LORD my strength is, * and that there is no unrighteousness in him.



 

The First Lesson


Proverbs 30:4-9


Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.



 

The Second Lesson

I Peter 2:18

Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.



 

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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