September 8, 2023 :: Evening Prayer
Friday after the Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
Here beginneth the 2nd chapter of Jonah.
Lord his God out of the fish's belly,Then Jonah prayed unto the
Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, thou heardest my voice.And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the
For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.
Lord my God.I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O
Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.When my soul fainted within me I remembered the
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
Lord.But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that I have vowed. Salvation of the
Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry .And the
Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,And the word of the
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he caused to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that in their hands.
Who can tell God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did not.
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 9th chapter of Romans.
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Who are Israelites; to whom the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service , and the promises;
Whose the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ , who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
For this the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.
And not only ; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, by our father Isaac;
(For being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
What shall we say then? unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will , and whom he will he hardeneth.
Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed , Why hast thou made me thus?
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
if God, willing to shew wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
And it shall come to pass, in the place where it was said unto them, Ye not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
For he will finish the work, and cut short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Wherefore? Because not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.