Sunday, July 18, 2021
Second Sunday after Transfiguration
I Corinthians 1:25-30
 The LORD said:
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
and walk with outstretched necks,
glancing wantonly with their eyes,
mincing along as they go,
tinkling with their feet;
 the Lord will smite with a scab
the heads of the daughters of Zion,
and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.
 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents;
 the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarfs;
 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets;
 the signet rings and nose rings;
 the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags;
 the garments of gauze, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.
 Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;
and instead of a girdle, a rope;
and instead of well-set hair, baldness;
and instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
instead of beauty, shame.
 Your men shall fall by the sword
and your mighty men in battle.
 And her gates shall lament and mourn;
ravaged, she shall sit upon the ground.
 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”
I Corinthians 1:25-30
 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;
 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong,
 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,
 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.
 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.
 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
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