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Monday after Epiphany 2

The First Lesson
The Second Lesson
The Collect
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The Psalter

Psalm 17

The Seventeenth Psalm

Exaudi, Domine.

HEAR the right, O LORD, consider my complaint, * and hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; * and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.
Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me; * for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.
As for the works of men, * by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.
O hold thou up my goings in thy paths, * that my footsteps slip not.
I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me: * incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee, * from such as resist thy right hand.
Keep me as the apple of an eye; * hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
From the ungodly, that trouble me; * mine enemies compass me round about, to take away my soul.
They are inclosed in their own fat, * and their mouth speaketh proud things.
They lie waiting in our way on every side, * watching to cast us down to the ground;
Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, * and as it were a lion's whelp lurking in secret places.
Up, LORD, disappoint him, and cast him down; * deliver my soul from the ungodly, by thine own sword;
Yea, by thy hand, O LORD; from the men of the evil world; * which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.
They have children at their desire, * and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.
But as for me, I shall behold thy presence in righteousness; * and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied.



 

The First Lesson

Proverbs 4:20

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.



 

The Second Lesson

Ephesians 4:17

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.



 

The Collect

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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