We beseech thee Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty, to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Epistle [Ephesians 5
Be you the followers of God as dear children, and walk in love even as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet savor to God. As for fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as it becometh saints; or filthiness, or foolish talking, or jesting, which are not comely, but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, either unclean person, or covetous person (which is a worshiper of images) hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of such things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore companions of them. Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit consisteth in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth. Accept that which is pleasing unto the Lord, and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather rebuke them. For it is a shame even to name those things, which are done of them in secret: but all things when they are brought forth by the light are manifest. For whatsoever is manifest, the same is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and stand up from death, and Christ shall give thee light.
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The Gospel [Luke 11
Jesus was casting out a devil that was dumb. And when he had cast out the devil, the dumb spake, and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. And other tempted him, and required of him a sign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is desolate; and one house doth fall upon another. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall this kingdom endure? Because ye say I cast out devils through Beelzebub. If I by the help of Beelzebub cast our devils, by whose help do our children cast them out? Therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed watcheth his house, the things that he possesseth are in peace. But when a stronger than he cometh upon him, and overcometh him, he taketh from him all his harness (wherein he trusted) and divideth his good. He that is not with me is against me. And he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad. When he unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places seeking rest. And when he findeth none, he saith, I will return again into my house whence I came out; And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him seven other spirits worse than himself;and they enter in and dwell there. And the end of that man is worse than the beginning. And it fortuned that as he spake these things, a certain woman for the company lift up her voice and said unto him, Happy is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which gave thee suck. But he said, Yea, happy are they that hear the Word of and keep it.
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