Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Eleventh Day of Zadeeg
 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
 And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
 And he charged him to tell no one; but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”
 But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities.
 But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.
 But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
 Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
 Philip went down to a city of Sama’ria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.
 And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did.
 For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
 So there was much joy in that city.
 But there was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the nation of Sama’ria, saying that he himself was somebody great.
 They all gave heed to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is that power of God which is called Great.”
 And they gave heed to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
 But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.
 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.
 Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days.
 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
 You have condemned, you have killed the righteous man; he does not resist you.
 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain.
 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
 Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors.
 As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
 Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples;
 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
 He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).
 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
 “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’
 But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, `You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.
 So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
 Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison;
 truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.
 “You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.’
 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.
 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
 “It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
 “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’
 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
 Let what you say be simply `Yes’ or `No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
 “You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’
 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also;
 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well;
 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.
 “You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
 And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed.
 And Simon and those who were with him pursued him,
 and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.”
 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.”
 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
 And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.”
 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
 And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once,
 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”
 But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
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