Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Sts. Soukias and his companion martyrs
 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
 The rich and the poor meet together;
the LORD is the maker of them all.
 A prudent man sees danger and hides himself;
but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD
is riches and honor and life.
 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
he who guards himself will keep far from them.
 Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.
 The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
 He who sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.
 He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor.
 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,
and quarreling and abuse will cease.
 He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of the faithless.
 “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.
 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets —
 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
 Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life.
 Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.
 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated —
 of whom the world was not worthy — wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
 And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised,
 since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him!
 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 “And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God;
 but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
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