September 23, 2023 :: Evening Prayer
Saturday after the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
Here beginneth the 11th chapter of Zechariah.
Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.
a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;Thus saith the
Lord; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed the
Lord: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver .For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.
And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.
Lord.And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it the word of the
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty of silver.
Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.And the
Then I cut asunder mine other staff, Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.And the
For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 8th chapter of 1 Corinthians.
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol nothing in the world, and that none other God but one.
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us one God, the Father, of whom all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom all things, and we by him.
Howbeit not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.