Tuesday, December 22, 2020
St. Theodore (Asdvadzadoor) of Amasea, Martyr
II Timothy 2:3-10
 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.
 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,
but righteousness delivers from death.
 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
 A slack hand causes poverty,
but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
 A son who gathers in summer is prudent,
but a son who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
“The LORD will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
 For thus says the LORD:
“To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
 I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
which shall not be cut off.
 “And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant —
 these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.
II Timothy 2:3-10
 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
 No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him.
 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
 Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.
 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel,
 the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered.
 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory.
 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
 When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
 Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
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