March 2, 2023 :: Evening Prayer
Thursday after the First Sunday of Lent
Here beginneth the 18th chapter of Deuteronomy.
Lord made by fire, and his inheritance.The priests the Levites, all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the
Lord their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the
And this shall be the priest's due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.
The firstfruit of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.
Lord thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the Lord, him and his sons for ever.For the
Lord shall choose;And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the
Lord his God, as all his brethren the Levites , which stand there before the Lord.Then he shall minister in the name of the
They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.
Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.When thou art come into the land which the
There shall not be found among you that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, that useth divination, an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.For all that do these things an abomination unto the
Lord thy God.Thou shalt be perfect with the
Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so .For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the
Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;The
Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.According to all that thou desiredst of the
Lord said unto me, They have well which they have spoken.And the
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
And it shall come to pass, whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require of him.
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
Lord hath not spoken?And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the
Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.When a prophet speaketh in the name of the
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 1st chapter of Philippians.
Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all judgment;
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other ;
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
According to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
For to me to live Christ, and to die gain.
But if I live in the flesh, this the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh more needful for you.
And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear in me.