Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 14:24-32
The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have
thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall
that I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My
mountains tread him under foot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
and his burden removed from their shoulders.
This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?"
This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz
"Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, because the rod that
struck you is broken; for out of the serpent's roots will come forth a
viper, and its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
The firstborn of the poor will feed, and the needy will lie
down in safety; I will kill your roots with famine, and it will slay your
Wail, O gate! Cry, O city! All you of Philistia are
dissolved; for smoke will come from the north, and no one will be alone in
his appointed times."
What will one then answer the messengers of the nation? That
the LORD has founded Zion, and the poor of His people shall take refuge in
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 8:21-9:7
And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in
His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although
the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again
destroy every living thing as I have done.
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold
and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease."
So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: "Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
"And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every
beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that moves on the
earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.
"Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have
given you all things, even as the green herbs.
"But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its
"Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from
the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From
the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man.
"Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed;
for in the image of God He made man.
And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; bring forth
abundantly in the earth and multiply in it."
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 11:19-12:6
As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil
pursues it to his own death.
Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to
the LORD, but such as are blameless in their ways are His delight.
Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
As a ring of gold in a swine's snout, so is a lovely woman
who lacks discretion.
The desire of the righteous is only good, but the
expectation of the wicked is wrath.
There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there
is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters
will also be watered himself.
The people will curse him who withholds grain, but
blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
He who diligently seeks good finds favor, but trouble will
come to him who seeks evil.
He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous
will flourish like foliage.
He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, and
the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who
wins souls is wise.
If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, how
much more the wicked and the sinner.
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates
reproof is stupid.
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of wicked
devices He will condemn.
A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the
righteous cannot be moved.
an excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who
causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels
of the wicked are deceitful.
The words of the wicked are, "Lie in wait for blood," but
the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
Saints and Feasts
The Holy Martyred Bishops of Cherson: Basileus, Ephraim, Eugene, Capito, Aetherius, Agathodorus, and Elpidius; Lavrentios of Megara, the Righteous; Paul the Simple