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Prophecy

Proverbs 8:1-11 ; Isaiah 43:10-28 ; Job 32:6-16 [Arabic]

Proverbs 8:1-11
Does not wisdom cry out,
        And understanding lift up her voice?
        She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
        Beside the way, where the paths meet.
        She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
        At the entrance of the doors:
        "To you, O men, I call,
        And my voice is to the sons of men.
        O you simple ones, understand prudence,
        And you fools, be of an understanding heart.
        Listen, for I will speak of excellent things,
        And from the opening of my lips will come right things;
        For my mouth will speak truth;
        Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
        All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
        Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.
        They are all plain to him who understands,
        And right to those who find knowledge.
        Receive my instruction, and not silver,
        And knowledge rather than choice gold;
        For wisdom is better than rubies,
        And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.



Isaiah 43:10-28

"You are My witnesses," says the LORD,
        "And My servant whom I have chosen,
        That you may know and believe Me,
        And understand that I am He.
        Before Me there was no God formed,
        Nor shall there be after Me.
        I, even I, am the LORD,
        And besides Me there is no savior.
        I have declared and saved,
        I have proclaimed,
        And there was no foreign god among you;
        Therefore you are My witnesses,"
        Says the LORD, "that I am God.
        Indeed before the day was, I am He;
        And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
        I work, and who will reverse it?"
        Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
        The Holy One of Israel:
        "For your sake I will send to Babylon,
        And bring them all down as fugitives--
        The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.
        I am the LORD, your Holy One,
        The Creator of Israel, your King."
        Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea
        And a path through the mighty waters,
        Who brings forth the chariot and horse,
        The army and the power
        They shall lie down together, they shall not rise;
        They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick:
        "Do not remember the former things,
        Nor consider the things of old.
        Behold, I will do a new thing,
        Now it shall spring forth;
        Shall you not know it?
        I will even make a road in the wilderness
        And rivers in the desert.
        The beast of the field will honor Me,
        The jackals and the ostriches,
        Because I give waters in the wilderness
        And rivers in the desert,
        To give drink to My people, My chosen.
        This people I have formed for Myself;
        They shall declare My praise.

"But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob;
        And you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
        You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings,
        Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices.
        I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings,
        Nor wearied you with incense.
        You have bought Me no sweet cane with money,
        Nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices;
        But you have burdened Me with your sins,
        You have wearied Me with your iniquities.
        "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
        And I will not remember your sins.
        Put Me in remembrance;
        Let us contend together;
        State your case, that you may be acquitted.
        Your first father sinned,
        And your mediators have transgressed against Me.
        Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary;
        I will give Jacob to the curse,
        And Israel to reproaches.



Job 32:6-16

So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said:
        "I am young in years, and you are very old;
        Therefore I was afraid,
        And dared not declare my opinion to you.
        I said, "Age should speak,
        And multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
        But there is a spirit in man,
        And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
        Great men are not always wise,
        Nor do the aged always understand justice.
        "Therefore I say, "Listen to me,
        I also will declare my opinion.'
        Indeed I waited for your words,
        I listened to your reasonings, while you searched out what to say.
        I paid close attention to you;
        And surely not one of you convinced Job,
        Or answered his words--
        Lest you say,
        "We have found wisdom';
        God will vanquish him, not man.
        Now he has not directed his words against me;
        So I will not answer him with your words.
        "They are dismayed and answer no more;
        Words escape them.
        And I have waited, because they did not speak,
        Because they stood still and answered no more.

Psalm

Psalm 38:9 [Arabic]

From the psalms of our teacher David the prophet, may his blessings be with us Amen.

Lord, all my desire is before You;
And my sighing is not hidden from You.
 

Gospel

Mark 12:1-12 [Arabic]

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord, God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, to whom is the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Then He began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some. Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, "They will respect my son.' But those vinedressers said among themselves, "This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.

"Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. Have you not even read this Scripture:
        "The stone which the builders rejected
        Has become the chief cornerstone.
        This was the LORD's doing,
        And it is marvelous in our eyes'?"

And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away.

 

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Pauline Epistle

1Thessalonians 4:1-18 [Arabic]

From the epistle of St. Paul the apostle to the (...), may his blessings be with us Amen.

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The grace of God the Father be with you all. Amen.

 

Catholic Epistle

James 4:7-12 [Arabic]

The catholic epistle from the epistle of our teacher St. (...), may his blessings be with us Amen.

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Amen.

 

Acts

Acts 18:9-18 [Arabic]

The Acts of our fathers the Apostles, may their holy blessings be with us all. Amen.

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city." And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat, saying, "This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."

And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters." And he drove them from the judgment seat. Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.

So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

The word of the Lord shall grow, multiply, be mighty, and be confirmed in the holy Church of God. Amen.

 

Synaxarium

Commemoration of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin St. Mary
Commemoration of the visit of Our Lord Christ to Bethany
Consultation of the Chief Priests to put the righteous Lazarus to death

 

Psalm

Psalm 35:1 ; Psalm 35:2 [Arabic]

From the psalms of our teacher David the prophet, may his blessings be with us Amen.

Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me;
        Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler,
        And stand up for my help.

 

Gospel

Luke 13:1-5 [Arabic]

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Our Lord, God, Savior, and King of us all, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, to whom is the glory forever and ever. Amen.

There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."

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