Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42:5-16
Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched
them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who
gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it:
"I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, and will
hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
as a light to the Gentiles,
To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison,
those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give
to another, nor My praise to graven images.
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I
declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them."
Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise from the ends of
the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you
coastlands and you inhabitants of them!
Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, the
villages that Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them
shout from the top of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare His praise in
The LORD shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up
His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall
prevail against His enemies.
"I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and
restrained Myself. Now I will cry like a woman in labor, I will pant and
gasp at once.
I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and dry up all
their vegetation; I will make the rivers coastlands, and I will dry up the
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will
lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before
them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 18:20-33
And the LORD said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and
Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
"I will go down now and see whether they have done
altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if
not, I will know."
Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom,
but Abraham still stood before the LORD.
And Abraham came near and said, "Would You also destroy the
righteous with the wicked?
"Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would
You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that
were in it?
"Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay
the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the
wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
And the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous
within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."
Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed now, I who am but
dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord:
"Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous;
would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?" And He said, "If I
find there forty-five, I will not destroy it."
Then he spoke to Him yet again and said, "Suppose there
should be forty found there?" And He said, "I will not do it for the sake
And he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak:
Suppose thirty should be found there?" And He said, "I will not do iif I
find thirty there."
Then he said, "Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to
speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?" And He said, "I
will not destroy it for the sake of twenty."
And he said, "Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak
but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?" And He said, "I will not
destroy it for the sake of ten."
So the LORD went His way as soon as He had finished
speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 16:17-17:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who
keeps his way preserves his soul.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to
divide the spoil with the proud.
He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever
trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of
the lips increases learning.
Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
but the correction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning
to his lips.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul
and health to the bones.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is
the way of death.
The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry
mouth drives him on.
An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a
A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the
best of friends.
A violent man entices his neighbor, and leads him in a way
that is not good.
He winks his eye to devise perverse things; he purses his
lips and brings about evil.
The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found
in the way of righteousness.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he
who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is
from the LORD.
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of
feasting with strife.
A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and
will share an inheritance among the brothers.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the LORD tests the hearts.
An evildoer gives heed to false lips; a liar listens
eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad
at calamity will not go unpunished.
Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory
of children is their father.
Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying
lips to a prince.
A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who
repeats a matter separates the best of friends.
Reproof is more effective for a wise man than a hundred
blows on a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel
messenger will be sent against him.
Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a
fool in his folly.
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from
The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore
stop contention before a quarrel starts.
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of
wisdom, since he has no heart for it?
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for
Saints and Feasts
Monk-Martyrs Claudius, Diodore, Victor, Victorinus, and those with them; Theodora the Righteous of Thessaloniki; Agathopodes and Theodulos the Martyrs; George the new Martyr