Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Readings for Wednesday of Holy Week

Today's readings at Matins are from Jeremiah 17-18:

Reading 1: O Lord the hope of Israel: all that forsake thee shall be confounded: they that depart from thee, shall be written in the earth: because they have forsaken the Lord, the vein of living waters. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed: save me, and I shall be saved, for thou art my praise. [Behold they say to me: Where is the word of the Lord? let it come.  And I am not troubled, following thee for my pastor, and I have not desired the day of man, thou knowest. That which went out of my lips, hath been right in thy sight.  Be not thou a terror unto me, thou art my hope in the day of affliction.

R. Locuti sunt adversum me lingua dolosa, et sermonibus odii circumdederunt me: pro eo ut me diligerent, detrahebant mihi:* Ego autem orabam, et exaudisti me Domine Deus meus.
V. Et posuerunt adversum me mala pro bonis, et odium pro dilectione mea.
R. Ego autem orabam, et exaudisti me Domine Deus meus.
R. They have spoken against me with a lying tongue ; they compassed me about also with words of hatred : in return for my love they were my adversaries :* But I gave myself unto prayer; and Thou hast heard me, Lord my God!
V. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
R. But I gave myself unto prayer ; and Thou hast heard me, Lord my God !

Reading 2: Therefore thus saith the Lord: Ask among the nations: Who hath heard such horrible things, as the virgin of Israel hath done to excess? Shall the snow of Libanus fail from the rock of the field? or can the cold waters that gush out and run down, be taken away?  Because my people have forgotten me, sacrificing in vain, and stumbling in their ways, in ancient paths, to walk by them in a way not trodden:  That their land might be given up to desolation, and to a perpetual hissing: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and wag his head.  As a burning will I scatter them before the enemy: I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their destruction.  And they said: Come, and let us invent devices against Jeremias: for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet: come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us give no heed to all his words.

R. Dixerunt impii apud se, non recte cogitantes: Circumveniamus justum, quoniam contrarius est operibus nostris: promittit se scientiam Dei habere, Filium Dei se nominat, et gloriatur patrem se habere Deum:* Videamus si sermones illius veri sunt: et si est vere Filius Dei, liberet eum de manibus nostris: morte turpissima condemnemus eum.
V. Tamquam nugaces aestimati sumus ab illo, et abstinet se a viis nostris tamquam ab immunditiis: et praefert novissima justorum.
R. Videamus si sermones illius veri sunt: et si est vere Filius Dei, liberet eum de manibus nostris: morte turpissima condemnemus eum.
R. The ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright; Let us lie in wait for the righteous, because he is clean contrary to our doings he professeth to have the knowledge of God, he calleth himself the Son of God, and boasteth that he hath God to his Father.* Let us see if his words be true; and, if he be indeed the Son of God, let Him deliver him from our hand; let us condemn him with a shameful death.
V. We are esteemed of him as counterfeits, and he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness, and commendeth the end of the just.
R. Let us see if his words be true; and, if he be indeed the Son of God, let Him deliver him from our hand; let us condemn him with a shameful death.

Reading 3:  Give heed to me, O Lord, and hear the voice of my adversaries. Shall evil be rendered for good, because they have digged a pit for my soul? Remember that I have stood in thy sight, so speak good for them, and turn away thy indignation from them.  Therefore deliver up their children to famine, and bring them into the hands of the sword: let their wives be bereaved of children and widows: and let their husbands be slain by death: let their young men be stabbed with the sword in battle.  Let a cry be heard out of their houses: for thou shalt bring the robber upon them suddenly: because they have digged a pit to take me, and have hid snares for my feet.  But thou, O Lord, knowest all their counsel against me unto death: forgive not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from thy sight: let them be overthrown before thy eyes, in the time of thy wrath do thou destroy them.

R. Circumdederunt me viri mendaces: sine causa flagellis ceciderunt me:* Sed tu Domine defensor vindica me.
V. Quoniam tribulatio proxima est, et non est qui adjuvet.
R. Sed tu Domine defensor vindica me.
R. Circumdederunt me viri mendaces: sine causa flagellis ceciderunt me:* Sed tu Domine defensor vindica me.
R. Liars are come round about me, they have fallen upon me with scourges without a cause.* But do Thou, O Lord my Redeemer, avenge me!
V. For trouble is near, and there is none to help.
R. But do Thou, O Lord my Redeemer, avenge me!
R. Liars are come round about me, they have fallen upon me with scourges without a cause.* But do Thou, O Lord my Redeemer, avenge me!

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