Wednesday after Trinity I

Morning Prayer
Psalm 37. Noli aemulari.

1 FRET not thyself because of the ungodly; * neither be thou envious against the evil doers.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, * and be withered even as the green herb.
3 Put thou thy trust in the LORD, and be doing good; * dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
4 Delight thou in the LORD, * and he shall give thee thy heart’s desire.
5 Commit thy way unto the LORD, and put thy trust in him, * and he shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, * and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
7 Hold thee still in the LORD, and abide patiently upon him: * but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after evil counsels.
8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: * fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out; * and they that patiently abide the LORD, those shall inherit the land.
10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: * thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
11 But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth, * and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.

12 The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just, * and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh him to-scorn; * for he hath seen that his day is coming.
14 The ungodly have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, * to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be upright in their ways.
15 Their sword shall go through their own heart, * and their bow shall be broken.
16 A small thing that the righteous hath, * is better than great riches of the ungodly.
17 For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, * and the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
18 The LORD knoweth the days of the godly; * and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
19 They shall not be confounded in the perilous time; * and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
20 As for the ungodly, they shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall consume as the fat of lambs: * yea, even as the smoke shall they consume away.
21 The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again; * but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
22 Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land; * and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
23 The LORD ordereth a good man’s going, * and maketh his way acceptable to himself.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be cast away; * for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

First Lesson:
Num. 22:41-23:12

41)And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people. Num.23 1)And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams. 2)And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3)And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place. 4)And God met Balaam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram. 5)And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak. 6)And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7)And he took up his parable, and said, Balak the king of Moab hath brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Jacob, and come, defy Israel. 8)How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? 9)For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 10)Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his! 11)And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether. 12)And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

Second Lesson:
Luke 3:1-22

1)Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 2)Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3)And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 4)As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5)Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6)And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 7)Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8)Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9)And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 10)And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11)He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12)Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13)And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14)And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. 15)And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 16)John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17)Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 18)And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. 19)But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 20)Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. 21)Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22)And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

Evening Prayer
Psalm 34. Benedicam Dominum.

1 I WILL alway give thanks unto the LORD; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD; * the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O praise the LORD with me, * and let us magnify his Name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me; * yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened; * and their faces were not ashamed.
6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the LORD heareth him; * yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD tarrieth round about them that fear him, * and delivereth them.
8 O taste, and see, how gracious the LORD is: * blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the LORD, ye that are his saints; * for they that fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions do lack, and suffer hunger; * but they who seek the LORD shall want no manner of thing that is good.
11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me; * I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that lusteth to live, * and would fain see good days?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, * and thy lips, that they speak no guile.
14 Eschew evil, and do good; * seek peace, and ensue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are over the righteous, * and his ears are open unto their prayers.
16 The countenance of the LORD is against them that do evil, * to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth them, * and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart, * and will save such as be of an humble spirit.
19 Great are the troubles of the righteous; * but the LORD delivereth him out of all.
20 He keepeth all his bones, * so that not one of them is broken.
21 But misfortune shall slay the ungodly; * and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The LORD delivereth the souls of his servants; * and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.

First Lesson:
Ezra 6:13-18

13)Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shethar-boznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily. 14)And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. 15)And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. 16)And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, 17)And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18)And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

Second Lesson:
Acts 9:32

32)And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. 33)And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. 34)And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. 35)And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. 36)Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37)And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38)And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39)Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40)But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41)And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42)And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43)And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

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