Thursday, August 5, 2021
Sts. Eugene, Macarius, priests, martyrs of Antioch,
Sts. Valerius, Candidus, Aquila, martyrs of Trebizonde
II Corinthians 10:3-6
 Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
 At that time I will bring you home,
at the time when I gather you together;
yea, I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the LORD.
II Corinthians 10:3-6
 For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war,
 for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.
 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master;
 it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el’zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
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