September 16, 2023 :: Evening Prayer
Saturday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Here beginneth the 2nd chapter of Zephaniah.
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.Before the decree bring forth, the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the
Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.Seek ye the
For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
Lord against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the
And the sea coast shall be dwellings cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
Lord their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the
I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified against their border.
Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.Therefore I live, saith the
Lord of hosts.This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified against the people of the
Lord terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and shall worship him, every one from his place, all the isles of the heathen.The
Ye Ethiopians also, ye slain by my sword.
And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, dry like a wilderness.
And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; voice shall sing in the windows; desolation in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work.
This the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I , and none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, wag his hand.
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 1st chapter of 1 Corinthians.
Paul, called an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes brother,
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and all knowledge;
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and there be no divisions among you; but ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where the wise? where the scribe? where the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, :
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, , and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in his presence.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.