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that at last we may be received to the society of the just made perfect in thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PROPHECIES.

ISAIAH.

HEARKEN to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord.

For the Lord shall comfort Zion : he will comfort all her waste places, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Hearken unto me, my people, and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth and mine arms shall judge the people ; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath ; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law ; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool ; but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old.

Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head : they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

I, even I, am he that comforteth you : who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass ;

And forgettest the Lord thy Maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth ; and hast feared continually every day, because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy ? and where is the fury of the oppressor ?

The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea,

whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name.

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say, Thou art my people.

Awake, awake ; put on thy strength, o Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come unto thee the unclean.

Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down : loose thyself from the bands of thy neck.

For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for naught; and ye

shall be redeemed without money. For thus saith the Lord God, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrians oppressed them without cause.

Now, therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for naught? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.

Therefore my people shall know my name : therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak; behold, it is L

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation ; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth !

Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Praise

ye

the Lord. The Lord's name be praised.

PSALMS.

PRAISE ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth : the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house ; and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness : he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good man showeth favor, and lendeth; he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Surely he shall not be moved for ever : the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid.

He hath dispersed : he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever:

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Praise ye the Lord. Praise, 0 ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth and for

evermore.

From the rising of the sun, unto the going down of the same, the Lord's name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high ;

Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth ?

BENEDICTION VII.

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY.

COLLECT.

O

THOU most holy and perfect God, teach us to love one

another with pure hearts fervently; to exercise forbearance and forgiveness toward our enemies; to recompense to no man evil for evil; and to be merciful, as thou, Father in heaven, art merciful. Grant this, we humbly beseech thee, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PROPHECIES.

PROVERBS.

A WISE man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels ;

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

If they say, Come with us, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause : we shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse,

My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain ; which taketh away

the life of the owners thereof. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets ;

She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates : in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity, and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge ?

Turn you at my reproof; behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof;

I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh. When your fear cometh as desolation, and your

destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you;

Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer ; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me :

For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord :

They would none of my counsel ; they despised all my reproof:

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