September 25, 2023 :: Evening Prayer
Monday after the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
Here beginneth the 1st chapter of Malachi.
The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,I have loved you, saith the
And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the
Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel.And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The
Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?A son honoureth father, and a servant his master: if then I a father, where mine honour? and if I a master, where my fear? saith the
Lord contemptible.Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the
Lord of hosts.And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the
Lord of hosts.And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the
Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.Who even among you that would shut the doors ? neither do ye kindle on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the
Lord of hosts.For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name great among the heathen, saith the
Lord polluted; and the fruit thereof, his meat, contemptible.But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the
Lord of hosts; and ye brought torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness ! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the
Lord of hosts, and my name dreadful among the heathen.But cursed the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I a great King, saith the
Here endeth the first lesson.
Here beginneth the 10th chapter of 1 Corinthians.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
Neither be ye idolaters, as some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear .
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
For we many are one bread, one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
But , that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's .
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
For the earth the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
If any of them that believe not bid you , and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another conscience?
For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
Even as I please all in all , not seeking mine own profit, but the of many, that they may be saved.