September 3, 2023 :: Evening Prayer
Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
Here beginneth the 23rd chapter of 2 Kings.
And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.
Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.And the king went up into the house of the
Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all heart and all soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the
Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el.And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the
And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.And he brought out the grove from the house of the
Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove.And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that by the house of the
And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.
Lord in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the
And he defiled Topheth, which in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.
Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the
Lord, did the king beat down, and brake down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.And the altars that on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the
And the high places that before Jerusalem, which on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.
Moreover the altar that at Beth-el, the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, stamped small to powder, and burned the grove.
Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the
Then he said, What title that that I see? And the men of the city told him, the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el.
And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.
And all the houses also of the high places that in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el.
And he slew all the priests of the high places that there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
Lord your God, as written in the book of this covenant.And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the
Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;
Lord in Jerusalem.But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, this passover was holden to the
Lord.Moreover the familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the
Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there like him.And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the
Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.Notwithstanding the
Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.And the
Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.
And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.
Jehoahaz twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother's name Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.And he did evil in the sight of the
And Pharaoh-nechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.
And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.
And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give unto Pharaoh-nechoh.
Jehoiakim twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.
Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.And he did evil in the sight of the
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 4th chapter of Romans.
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath to glory; but not before God.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
, Blessed they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
this blessedness then upon the circumcision , or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.
How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which being uncircumcised.
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
For if they which are of the law heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, no transgression.
Therefore of faith, that by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.