Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 37:33-38:6
"Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of
Assyria: 'He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor
come before it with shield, nor build a siege mound against it.
By the way that he came, by the same shall he return; and he
shall not come into this city,' says the LORD.
'For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake
and for My servant David's sake.' "
Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp
of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people
arose early in the morning, there were the corpses; all dead.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away,
returned home, and remained at Nineveh.
Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of
Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him down
with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon
his son reigned in his place.
In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah
the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, "Thus says the
LORD: 'Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' "
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to
and said, "Remember now, O LORD, I pray, how I have walked
before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in
Your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying,
"Go and say to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of
David your father: "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; and I
will add to your days fifteen years.
"I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king
of Assyria, and I will defend this city." '
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 13:12-18
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the
cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful
against the LORD.
And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from
him: "Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are; northward,
southward, eastward, and westward;
"for all the land which you see I give to you and your
"And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth;
so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants
also could be numbered.
"Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width,
for I give it to you."
Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the
terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 14:27-15:4
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to avoid the
snares of death.
In a multitude of people is a king's honor, but in the
lack of people is the downfall of a prince.
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he
who is impulsive exalts folly.
A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness
to the bones.
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who
honors Him has mercy on the needy.
The wicked is banished in his wickedness, but the
righteous has a refuge in his death.
Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of him who has
understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to
The king's favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath
is against him who causes shame.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the
mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on
the evil and the good.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in
it breaks the spirit.
Saints and Feasts
Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem; Trophimos & Eukarpion, Monk-martyrs of Nicomedea