Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Feast of the Birth of the Holy Mother of God,
Third Day of the Fast of the Holy Cross
II Corinthians 9:1-9
 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
 Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.
 So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith.
 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian;
 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,
 and Ram the father of Ammin’adab, and Ammin’adab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
 and Salmon the father of Bo’az by Rahab, and Bo’az the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,
 and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uri’ah,
 and Solomon the father of Rehobo’am, and Rehobo’am the father of Abi’jah, and Abi’jah the father of Asa,
 and Asa the father of Jehosh’aphat, and Jehosh’aphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzzi’ah,
 and Uzzi’ah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezeki’ah,
 and Hezeki’ah the father of Manas’seh, and Manas’seh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josi’ah,
 and Josi’ah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoni’ah was the father of She-al’ti-el, and She-al’ti-el the father of Zerub’babel,
 and Zerub’babel the father of Abi’ud, and Abi’ud the father of Eli’akim, and Eli’akim the father of Azor,
 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eli’ud,
 and Eli’ud the father of Elea’zar, and Elea’zar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
II Corinthians 9:1-9
 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the offering for the saints,
 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedo’nia, saying that Acha’ia has been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
 But I am sending the brethren so that our boasting about you may not prove vain in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be;
 lest if some Macedo’nians come with me and find that you are not ready, we be humiliated — to say nothing of you — for being so confident.
 So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it may be ready not as an exaction but as a willing gift.
 The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
 Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.
 As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures for ever.”
 And they came to Beth-sa’ida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him.
 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”
 And he looked up and said, “I see men; but they look like trees, walking.”
 Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly.
 And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
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