Monday, February 1, 2021
Sts. Adom the General and his soldiers
II Corinthians 4:10-5:5
 Therefore set your desire on my words;
long for them, and you will be instructed.
 Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
 She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
 He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for he will find her sitting at his gates.
 To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and he who is vigilant on her account will
soon be free from care,
 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.
 The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere
desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her,
 and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality,
 and immortality brings one near to God;
 so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.
 At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD of hosts
from a people tall and smooth,
from a people feared near and far,
a nation mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide,
to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the LORD of hosts.
 An oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
 And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
and they will fight, every man against his brother
and every man against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
 and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound their plans;
and they will consult the idols and the sorcerers,
and the mediums and the wizards;
 and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of a hard master;
and a fierce king will rule over them,
says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
 And the waters of the Nile will be dried up,
and the river will be parched and dry;
 and its canals will become foul,
and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.
 There will be bare places by the Nile,
on the brink of the Nile,
and all that is sown by the Nile will dry up,
be driven away, and be no more.
II Corinthians 4:10-5:5
 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
 Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak,
 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.
 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day.
 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
 because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
 Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling,
 so that by putting it on we may not be found naked.
 For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
 They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
 And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.
 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
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