Thursday, November 12, 2020
Sts. Gurias, Samonas, and Abibus the Deacon, martyrs of Edessa,
St. Romanus the Monk of Palestine and martyr,
St. Barulas the Youth of Palestine and martyr,
St. Hesychius the Soldier of Antioch and martyr
II Timothy 1:6-12
 He who misleads the upright into an evil way
will fall into his own pit;
but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,
but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.
 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory;
but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.
 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
 Blessed is the man who fears the LORD always;
but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor;
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
 If a man is burdened with the blood of another,
let him be a fugitive until death;
let no one help him.
 He who walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is perverse in his ways will fall into a pit.
 No one knows the way to her,
or is concerned about the path to her.
 But he who knows all things knows her,
he found her by his understanding.
He who prepared the earth for all time
filled it with four-footed creatures;
 he who sends forth the light, and it goes,
called it, and it obeyed him in fear;
 the stars shone in their watches, and were glad;
he called them, and they said, “Here we are!”
They shone with gladness for him who made them.
 This is our God;
no other can be compared to him!
 He found the whole way to knowledge,
and gave her to Jacob his servant
and to Israel whom he loved.
 Afterward she appeared upon earth
and lived among men.
 She is the book of the commandments of God,
and the law that endures for ever.
All who hold her fast will live,
and those who forsake her will die.
 Turn, O Jacob, and take her;
walk toward the shining of her light.
 Do not give your glory to another,
or your advantages to an alien people.
 Happy are we, O Israel,
for we know what is pleasing to God.
II Timothy 1:6-12
 Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands;
 for God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.
 Do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God,
 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago,
 and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
 For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,
 and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
 Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?”
 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
 And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
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