Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 10:12-20
Therefore it shall come to pass, when the LORD has performed
all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will
punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the
glory of his haughty looks."
For he says: "By the strength of my hand I have done it, and
by my wisdom, for I am prudent; also I have removed the boundaries of the
people, and have robbed their treasuries; so I have put down the
inhabitants like a valiant man.
My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, and
as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; and there
was no one who moved his wing, nor opened his mouth with even a peep."
Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or
shall the saw magnify itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod
could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could
lift up, as if it were not wood!
Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will send leanness
among his fat ones; and under his glory he will kindle a burning like the
burning of a fire.
So the Light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One
for a flame; it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day.
And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his
fruitful field, both soul and body; and they will be as when a sick man
Then the rest of the trees of his forest will be so few in
number that a child may write them.
And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of
Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again
depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the LORD, the Holy One
of Israel, in truth.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 7:6-9
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on
So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons' wives, went
into the ark because of the waters of the flood.
Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and
of everything that creeps on the earth,
two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female,
as God had commanded Noah.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 9:12-18
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, and if you
scoff, you alone will bear it."
A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple, and knows
For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat by the
highest places of the city,
to call to those who pass by, who go straight on their way:
"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here"; and as for him
who lacks understanding, she says to him,
"Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is
But he does not know that the dead are there, that her
guests are in the depths of hell.
Saints and Feasts
James the Confessor; Thomas I, Patriarch of Constantinople