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Job 19:1-27 ; Isaiah 5:7-16 [Arabic]

Job 19:1-27
Then Job answered and said:
        "How long will you torment my soul,
        And break me in pieces with words?
        These ten times you have reproached me;
        You are not ashamed that you have wronged me.
        And if indeed I have erred,
        My error remains with me.
        If indeed you exalt yourselves against me,
        And plead my disgrace against me,
        Know then that God has wronged me,
        And has surrounded me with His net.
        "If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard.
        If I cry aloud, there is no justice.
        He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass;
        And He has set darkness in my paths.
        He has stripped me of my glory,
        And taken the crown from my head.
        He breaks me down on every side,
        And I am gone;
        My hope He has uprooted like a tree.
        He has also kindled His wrath against me,
        And He counts me as one of His enemies.
        His troops come together
        And build up their road against me;
        They encamp all around my tent.
        "He has removed my brothers far from me,
        And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.
        My relatives have failed,
        And my close friends have forgotten me.
        Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants,
        Count me as a stranger;
        I am an alien in their sight.
        I call my servant, but he gives no answer;
        I beg him with my mouth.
        My breath is offensive to my wife,
        And I am repulsive to the children of my own body.
        Even young children despise me;
        I arise, and they speak against me.
        All my close friends abhor me,
        And those whom I love have turned against me.
        My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh,
        And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
        "Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
        For the hand of God has struck me!
        Why do you persecute me as God does,
        And are not satisfied with my flesh?
        "Oh, that my words were written!
        Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
        That they were engraved on a rock
        With an iron pen and lead, forever!
        For I know that my Redeemer lives,
        And He shall stand at last on the earth;
        And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
        That in my flesh I shall see God,
        Whom I shall see for myself,
        And my eyes shall behold, and not another.

Isaiah 5:7-16

For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel,
        And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
        He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
        For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.

Woe to those who join house to house;
        They add field to field,
        Till there is no place
        Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
        In my hearing the LORD of hosts said,
        "Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
        Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
        For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
        And a homer of seed shall yield one ephah."
        Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
        That they may follow intoxicating drink;
        Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
        The harp and the strings,
        The tambourine and flute,
        And wine are in their feasts;
        But they do not regard the work of the LORD,
        Nor consider the operation of His hands.
        Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
        Because they have no knowledge;
        Their honorable men are famished,
        And their multitude dried up with thirst.
        Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
        And opened its mouth beyond measure;
        Their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
        And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.
        People shall be brought down,
        Each man shall be humbled,
        And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
        But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment,
        And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.


Psalm 41:4 ; Psalm 41:13 [Arabic]

I said, "LORD, be merciful to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You."
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.


Luke 12:22-31 [Arabic]

Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

"And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.


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Pauline Epistle

2Corinthians 9:6-15 [Arabic]

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written:
        "He has dispersed abroad,
        He has given to the poor;
        His righteousness endures forever."

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!


Catholic Epistle

James 1:1-12 [Arabic]

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:


My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.



Acts 4:13-22 [Arabic]

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, "What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name."

So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, since they all glorified God for what had been done. For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.



The Martyrdom of St. Sergius of Atripe, His Father, Mother, Sister, and Many Others with Them.
The Departure of St. Timothy III, 32nd Pope of Alexandria.



Psalm 41:1 [Arabic]

Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.



Mark 10:17-27 [Arabic]

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: "Do not commit adultery,' "Do not murder,' "Do not steal,' "Do not bear false witness,' "Do not defraud,' "Honor your father and your mother."'

And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth."

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me."

But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?"

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."

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