Thursday, February 4, 2021
Sts. Voski and the Voskian Priests
II Timothy 3:10-12
 Be not envious of evil men,
nor desire to be with them;
 for their minds devise violence,
and their lips talk of mischief.
 By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
 by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.
 A wise man is mightier than a strong man,
and a man of knowledge than he who has strength;
 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the gate he does not open his mouth.
 He who plans to do evil
will be called a mischief-maker.
 The devising of folly is sin,
and the scoffer is an abomination to men.
 If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.
 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not requite man according to his work?
 “Thus says the LORD:
Behold, I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob,
and have compassion on his dwellings;
the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound,
and the palace shall stand where it used to be.
 Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,
and the voices of those who make merry.
I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;
I will make them honored, and they shall not be small.
 Their children shall be as they were of old,
and their congregation shall be established before me;
and I will punish all who oppress them.
 Their prince shall be one of themselves,
their ruler shall come forth from their midst;
I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,
for who would dare of himself to approach me? says the LORD.
 And you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.”
II Timothy 3:10-12
 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
 my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico’nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
 Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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