Saturday, June 26, 2021
St. Drtad the King of Armenia,
St. Queen Ashkhen,
St. Princess Khosrovitookhd
I Timothy 2:1-7
 Listen therefore, O kings, and understand;
learn, O judges of the ends of the earth.
 Give ear, you that rule over multitudes,
and boast of many nations.
 For your dominion was given you from the Lord,
and your sovereignty from the Most High,
who will search out your works and inquire into your plans.
 Because as servants of his kingdom you did not rule rightly,
nor keep the law,
nor walk according to the purpose of God,
 he will come upon you terribly and swiftly,
because severe judgment falls on those in high places.
 For the lowliest man may be pardoned in mercy,
but mighty men will be mightily tested.
 For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of any one,
nor show deference to greatness;
because he himself made both small and great,
and he takes thought for all alike.
 But a strict inquiry is in store for the mighty.
 To you then, O monarchs, my words are directed,
that you may learn wisdom and not transgress.
 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and ungird the loins of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
 “I will go before you
and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut asunder the bars of iron,
 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
I Timothy 2:1-7
 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men,
 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.
 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.
 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
 Now he was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled.
 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Be-el’zebul, the prince of demons”;
 while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven.
 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.
 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Be-el’zebul.
 And if I cast out demons by Be-el’zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace;
 but when one stronger than he assails him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoil.
 He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
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