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Psalm 37:1-24

The Thirty-Seventh Psalm

Noli aemulari.

FRET not thyself because of the ungodly; * neither be thou envious against the evil doers.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, * and be withered even as the green herb.
Put thou thy trust in the LORD, and be doing good; * dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thou in the LORD, * and he shall give thee thy heart's desire.
Commit thy way unto the LORD, and put thy trust in him, * and he shall bring it to pass.
He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, * and thy just dealing as the noon-day.
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.
Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: * fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil.
Wicked doers shall be rooted out; * and they that patiently abide the LORD, those shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: * thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away.
But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth, * and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.
The ungodly seeketh counsel against the just, * and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
The Lord shall laugh him to scorn; * for he hath seen that his day is coming.
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.
Their sword shall go through their own heart, * and their bow shall be broken.
A small thing that the righteous hath, * is better than great riches of the ungodly.
For the arms of the ungodly shall be broken, * and the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
The LORD knoweth the days of the godly; * and their inheritance shall endure for ever.
They shall not be confounded in the perilous time; * and in the days of dearth they shall have enough.
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.
The ungodly borroweth, and payeth not again; * but the righteous is merciful and liberal.
Such as are blessed of God, shall possess the land; * and they that are cursed of him, shall be rooted out.
The LORD ordereth a good man's going, * and maketh his way acceptable to himself.
Though he fall, he shall not be cast away; * for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

vs 25 I have been young, and now am old; * and yet saw I never the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.

vs 26 The righteous is ever merciful, and lendeth; * and his seed is blessed.
Flee from evil, and do the thing that is good; * and dwell for evermore.
For the LORD loveth the thing that is right; * he forsaketh not his that be godly, but they are preserved for ever.
The unrighteous shall be punished; * as for the seed of the ungodly, it shall be rooted out.
The righteous shall inherit the land, * and dwell therein for ever.
The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom, * and his tongue will be talking of judgment.
The law of his God is in his heart, * and his goings shall not slide.
The ungodly watcheth the righteous, * and seeketh occasion to slay him.
The LORD will not leave him in his hand, * nor condemn him when he is judged.
Hope thou in the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall promote thee, that thou shalt possess the land: * when the ungodly shall perish, thou shalt see it.
I myself have seen the ungodly in great power, * and flourishing like a green bay-tree.
I went by, and lo, he was gone: * I sought him, but his place could no where be found.
Keep innocency, and take heed unto the thing that is right; * for that shall bring a man peace at the last.
As for the transgressors, they shall perish together; * and the end of the ungodly is, they shall be rooted out at the last.
But the salvation of the righteous cometh of the LORD; * who is also their strength in the time of trouble.
And the LORD shall stand by them, and save them: * he shall deliver them from the ungodly, and shall save them, because they put their trust in him.



 

The First Lesson

Genesis 24:28-38, 49-51, 58-67

And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things. And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him. And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. And he said, I am Abraham's servant. And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses. And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath. And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son. And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left. Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken. And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.



 

The Second Lesson

I Corinthians 3:18-4:5

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.



 

The Collect

First Sunday in Lent

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Ash Wednesday

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent; Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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