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The Psalter

Psalm 69:1-22, 30-37

The Sixty-Ninth Psalm

Salvum me fac.

SAVE me, O God; * for the waters are come in, even unto my soul.
I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground is; * I am come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.
I am weary of crying; my throat is dry; * my sight faileth me for waiting so long upon my God.
They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; * they that are mine enemies, and would destroy me guiltless, are mighty.
I paid them the things that I never took: * God, thou knowest my simpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.
Let not them that trust in thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my cause; * let not those that seek thee be confounded through me, O Lord God of Israel.
And why? for thy sake have I suffered reproof; * shame hath covered my face.
I am become a stranger unto my brethren, * even an alien unto my mother's children.
For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me; * and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee are fallen upon me.
I wept, and chastened myself with fasting, * and that was turned to my reproof.
I put on sackcloth also, * and they jested upon me.
They that sit in the gate speak against me, * and the drunkards make songs upon me.
But, LORD, I make my prayer unto thee * in an acceptable time.
Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy, * even in the truth of thy salvation.
Take me out of the mire, that I sink not; * O let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Let not the water-flood drown me, neither let the deep swallow me up; * and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Hear me, O LORD, for thy loving-kindness is comfortable; * turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.
And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: * O haste thee, and hear me.
Draw nigh unto my soul, and save it; * O deliver me, because of mine enemies.
Thou hast known my reproach, my shame, and my dishonour: * mine adversaries are all in thy sight.
Reproach hath broken my heart; I am full of heaviness: * I looked for some to have pity on me, but there was no man, neither found I any to comfort me.
They gave me gall to eat; * and when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.

vs 23 Let their table be made a snare to take themselves withal; * and let the things that should have been for their wealth be unto them an occasion of falling.
Let their eyes be blinded, that they see not; * and ever bow thou down their backs.
Pour out thine indignation upon them, * and let thy wrathful displeasure take hold of them.
Let their habitation be void, * and no man to dwell in their tents.
For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; * and they talk how they may vex them whom thou hast wounded.
Let them fall from one wickedness to another, * and not come into thy righteousness.
Let them be wiped out of the book of the living, * and not be written among the righteous.

vs 30 As for me, when I am poor and in heaviness, * thy help, O God, shall lift me up.
I will praise the Name of God with a song, * and magnify it with thanksgiving.
This also shall please the LORD * better than a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
The humble shall consider this, and be glad: * seek ye after God, and your soul shall live.
For the LORD heareth the poor, * and despiseth not his prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise him: * the sea, and all that moveth therein.
For God will save Sion, and build the cities of Judah, * that men may dwell there, and have it in possession.
The posterity also of his servants shall inherit it; * and they that love his Name shall dwell therein.



 

The First Lesson

I Samuel 4:1b-11

Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel: and when they joined battle, Israel was smitten before the Philistines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies. So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp. And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore. Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight. And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain.



 

The Second Lesson

St. Luke 12:35-48

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.



 

The Collect

Sixth Sunday after Trinity

O GOD, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man's understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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