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Sunday Next before Advent
(If you can, go to mass today. If you can't, read the mass propers
for today, found on pages 225-226
of the Book of Common Prayer.)
Ps 39. Dixi, Custodiam.
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void;
and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the
hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of
the heavens were fled.
26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and
all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the
LORD, and by his fierce anger.
27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate;
yet will I not make a full end.
28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black:
because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent,
neither will I turn back from it.
29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and
bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks:
every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou
clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with
ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting,
in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise
thee, they will seek thy life.
I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish
as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the
daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her
hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy
angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep
from the goats:
he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come,
ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world:
I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I
was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw
we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say
unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil
and his angels:
42 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat; I was thirsty,
and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed
me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick,
or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did
it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal.
Ps 90. Domine, refugium.
Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8, 13-14
9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer
thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine
heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for
all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil
from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the
evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt
say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be
not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and
the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because
they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound
of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of
the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears
shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and
the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because
man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken,
or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken
at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the
spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God,
and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them
which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers
and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the
end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For
it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace;
not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which
serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into
the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with
his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all
things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored
to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood
of the everlasting covenant,
you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you
that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ;
to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Ps 124. Nisi quia Dominus.
Ps 128. Beati omnes.
13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers
of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers
of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden
from the house of your God.
ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all
the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God,
and cry unto the LORD.
15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and
as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed,
because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made
19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the
pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the
trees of the field.
20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers
of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures
of the wilderness.
2 Peter 1:1-11
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them
that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness
of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge
of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of
him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and
to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that
ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Ps 131. Domine, non est.
Ps 133. Ecce, quam bonum!
Ps 134. Ecce nunc.
Wisdom 9:1-4, 9-11
1 O God of my fathers, and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things
with thy word,
2 And ordained man through thy wisdom, that he should have dominion
over the creatures which thou hast made,
3 And order the world according to equity and righteousness,
and execute judgment with an upright heart:
4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not
from among thy children:
9 And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was
present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable
in thy sight, and right in thy commandments.
10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of
thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I
may know what is pleasing unto thee.
11 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall
lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to
show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of
Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of
this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:
for the time is at hand.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto
you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is
to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the
first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the
earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in
his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth
shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Ps 129. Saepe expugnaverunt.
Ps 130. De profundis.
1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy
mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the
day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of
thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great
people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither
shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth:
the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them
a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and
as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they
leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble,
as a strong people set in battle array.
6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces
shall gather blackness.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like
men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they
shall not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one
in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not
9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon
the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter
in at the windows like a thief.
10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble:
the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw
the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp
is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for
the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide
2 Peter 1:12-21
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance
of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle,
to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even
as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shown me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease
to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we
made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when
there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were
with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do
well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Ps 132. Memento, Domine.
I3 For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who
can think what the will of the Lord is?
14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices
are but uncertain.
15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy
tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things.
16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth,
and with labour do we find the things that are before us: but
the things that are in heaven who hath searched out?
17 And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and
send thy Holy Spirit from above?
so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and
men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were
saved through wisdom.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation,
and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle
that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony
of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me
a great voice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and,
What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven
churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and
unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia,
and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being
turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the
Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt
about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;
and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a
furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth
went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun
shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid
his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first
and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive
for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which
are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right
hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are
the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks
which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Ps 136. Confitemini.
12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with
all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with
rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD
your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and
of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing
behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the
LORD your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:
let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out
of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the
porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD,
and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should
rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where
is their God?
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will
send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith:
and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen.
2 Peter 2:1-10a
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring
in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them,
and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth
not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to
be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person,
a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world
of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned
them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that
after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and
hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their
Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and
to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of
uncleanness, and despise government.
Ps 139. Domine, probasti.
Wisdom 10:1-4, 15-21
1 SHE preserved the first formed father of the world, that was
created alone, and brought him out of his fall,
2 And gave him power to rule all things.
3 But when the unrighteous went away from her in his anger, he
perished also in the fury wherewith he murdered his brother.
4 For whose cause the earth being drowned with the flood, wisdom
again preserved it, and directed the course of the righteous
in a piece of wood of small value.
15 She delivered the righteous people and blameless seed from
the nation that oppressed them.
16 She entered into the soul of the servant of the Lord, and
withstood dreadful kings in wonders and signs;
17 Rendered to the righteous a reward of their labours, guided
them in a marvellous way, and was unto them for a cover by day,
and a light of stars in the night-season;
18 Brought them through the Red sea, and led them through much
19 But she drowned their enemies, and cast them up out of the
bottom of the deep.
20 Therefore the righteous spoiled the ungodly, and praised thy
holy name, O Lord, and magnified with one accord thine hand,
that fought for them.
2I For wisdom opened the mouth of the dumb, and made the tongues
of them that cannot speak eloquent.
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things
saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who
walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how
thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried
them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast
laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast
left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent,
and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly,
and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans,
which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the
tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things
saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art
rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews,
and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold,
the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be
tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful
unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the
churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second
Ps 137:1-6. Super flumina.
Ps 138. Confitebor tibi.
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do
22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of
the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the
fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD
your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and
he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain,
and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall
overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten,
the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great
army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the
name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you:
and my people shall never be ashamed.
27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that
I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out
my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall
also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will
I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood,
and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in
Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in
the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
2 Peter 2:10b-22
10b Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to
speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring
not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed,
speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall
utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that
count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and
blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while
they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;
beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous
practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following
the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with
man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with
a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure
through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those
that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants
of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is
he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world
through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they
are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is
worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way
of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from
the holy commandment delivered unto them.
it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog
is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed
to her wallowing in the mire.
Ps 140. Eripe me, Domine.
Ps 141:1-4. Domine, clamavi.
21 For thou canst shew thy great strength at all times when thou
wilt; and who may withstand the power of thine arm?
22 For the whole world before thee is as a little grain of the
balance, yea, as a drop of
the morning dew that falleth down upon the earth.
23 But thou hast mercy upon all; for thou canst do all things,
and winkest at the sins of me, because they should amend.
24 For thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing
which thou hast made: for never wouldest thou have made any thing,
if thou hadst hated it.
25 And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been thy
will? or been preserved, if not called by thee?
26 But thou sparest all: for they are thine, O Lord, thou lover
thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things.
2 Therefore chastenest thou them by little and little that offend,
and warnest them by putting them in remembrance wherein they
have offended, that leaving their wickedness they may believe
on thee, O Lord.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things
saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's
seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my
faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr,
who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them
that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a
stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed
unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans,
which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight
against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the
hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone
a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth
Ps 142. Voce mea ad Dominum.
Ps 143. Domine, exaudi.
1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall
bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into
the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for
my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered
among the nations, and parted my land.
they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an
harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and
all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompense?
and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your
recompense upon your own head;
5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried
into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have
ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from
I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them,
and will return your recompense upon your own head:
8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand
of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans,
to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.
2 Peter 3:1-10
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both
which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before
by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles
of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the
fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of
God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the
water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment
and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day
is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also
and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Ps 144. Benedictus Dominus.
12 For who shall say, What hast thou done? or who shall withstand
thy judgment? or who shall accuse thee for the nations that perish,
whom thou hast made? or who shall come to stand against thee,
to be revenged for the unrighteous men?
13 For neither is there any God but thou that careth for all,
to whom thou mightest shew that thy judgment is not unright.
14 Neither shall king or tyrant be able to set his face against
thee for any whom thou hast punished.
15 Forsomuch then as thou art righteous thyself, thou orderest
all things righteously: thinking it not agreeable with thy power
to condemn him that hath not deserved to be punished.
16 For thy power is the beginning of righteousness, and because
thou art the Lord of all, it maketh thee to be gracious unto
when men will not believe that thou art of a full power, thou
shewest thy strength, and among them that know it thou makest
their boldness manifest.
18 But thou, mastering thy power, judgest with equity, and orderest
us with great favour: for thou mayest use power when thou wilt.
by such works hast thou taught thy people that the just man should
be merciful, and hast made thy children to be of a good hope
that thou givest repentance for sins.
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things
saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;
I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are
ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold
fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come
on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will
come upon thee.
hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their
garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but
I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
Ps 146. Lauda, anima mea.
Ps 149. Cantate Domino.
Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the
mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into
spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather
yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones
to come down, O LORD.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat:
for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you
down; for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the
day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
withdraw their shining.
16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice
from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but
the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of
the children of Israel.
17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion,
my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall
no strangers pass through her any more.
2 Peter 3:11-18
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens
and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that
ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even
as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given
unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that
are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,
unto their own destruction.
therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware
lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall
from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Ps 148. Laudate Dominum.
Ps 150. Laudate Dominum.
1 Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of God,
and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that
is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the
2 But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle
of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven,
to be the gods which govern the world.
3 With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be gods;
let them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first
author of beauty hath created them.
4 But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let
them understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them.
5 For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably
the maker of them is seen.
6 But yet for this they are the less to be blamed: for they peradventure
err, seeking God, and desirous to find him.
7 For being conversant in his works they search him diligently,
and believe their sight: because the things are beautiful that
8 Howbeit neither are they to be pardoned,
9 For if they were able to know so much, that they could aim
at the world; how did they not sooner find out the Lord thereof?
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These
things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the
key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth,
and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door,
and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and
hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are
Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come
and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will
keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon
all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that
no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of
my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him
the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which
is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:
and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
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