July 23 (Daily Scripture), Transfiguration

Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:7
Isaiah 33:20-22
II Peter 1:12-19
Mark 8:27-9:13
Wisdom 7:25-8:4
Zechariah 14:16-21
I John 1:1-7
Matthew 16:13-17:13
Matthew 17:14-21
Mark 9:1-13
John 7:1-13
Exodus 24:12-18
I Kings 19:11-16
Isaiah 40:9-17
Hebrews 12:18-27
Luke 9:18-36

Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:7
[9] Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
[10] Remove vexation from your mind, and put away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.

Chapter 12
[1] Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;
[2] before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain;
[3] in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look through the windows are dimmed,
[4] and the doors on the street are shut; when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the voice of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low;
[5] they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along and desire fails; because man goes to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets;
[6] before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,
[7] and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Isaiah 33:20-22
[20] Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts!
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a quiet habitation, an immovable tent,
whose stakes will never be plucked up,
nor will any of its cords be broken.
[21] But there the LORD in majesty will be for us
a place of broad rivers and streams,
where no galley with oars can go,
nor stately ship can pass.
[22] For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our ruler,
the LORD is our king; he will save us.

II Peter 1:12-19
[12] Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.
[13] I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder,
[14] since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
[15] And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
[16] For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
[17] For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”
[18] we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
[19] And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Mark 8:27-9:13
[27] And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesare’a Philip’pi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?”
[28] And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Eli’jah; and others one of the prophets.”
[29] And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”
[30] And he charged them to tell no one about him.
[31] And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
[32] And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
[33] But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
[34] And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
[35] For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
[36] For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?
[37] For what can a man give in return for his life?
[38] For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Chapter 9
[1] And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
[2] And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,
[3] and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
[4] And there appeared to them Eli’jah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
[5] And Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli’jah.”
[6] For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid.
[7] And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
[8] And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.
[9] And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.
[10] So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.
[11] And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Eli’jah must come?”
[12] And he said to them, “Eli’jah does come first to restore all things; and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
[13] But I tell you that Eli’jah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”

Wisdom 7:25-8:4
[25] For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
[26] For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
[27] Though she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets;
[28] for God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom.
[29] For she is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
Compared with the light she is found to be superior,
[30] for it is succeeded by the night,
but against wisdom evil does not prevail.

Chapter 8
[1] She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,
and she orders all things well.
[2] I loved her and sought her from my youth,
and I desired to take her for my bride,
and I became enamored of her beauty.
[3] She glorifies her noble birth by living with God,
and the Lord of all loves her.
[4] For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God,
and an associate in his works.

Zechariah 14:16-21
[16] Then every one that survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of booths.
[17] And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain upon them.
[18] And if the family of Egypt do not go up and present themselves, then upon them shall come the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the feast of booths.
[19] This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the feast of booths.
[20] And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the LORD.” And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar;
[21] and every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be sacred to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the flesh of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.

I John 1:1-7
[1] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life —
[2] the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us —
[3] that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
[4] And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.
[5] This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
[6] If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth;
[7] but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Matthew 16:13-17:13
[13] Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?”
[14] And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
[15] He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
[16] Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
[17] And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
[18] And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
[19] I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
[20] Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
[21] From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
[22] And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”
[23] But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men.”
[24] Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
[25] For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
[26] For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?
[27] For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.
[28] Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

Chapter 17
[1] And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.
[2] And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.
[3] And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Eli’jah, talking with him.
[4] And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli’jah.”
[5] He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
[6] When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe.
[7] But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”
[8] And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
[9] And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.”
[10] And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Eli’jah must come?”
[11] He replied, “Eli’jah does come, and he is to restore all things;
[12] but I tell you that Eli’jah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands.”
[13] Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Matthew 17:14-21
[14] And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said,
[15] “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.
[16] And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.”
[17] And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”
[18] And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.
[19] Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
[20] He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
[21] …

Mark 9:1-13
[1] And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
[2] And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them,
[3] and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them.
[4] And there appeared to them Eli’jah with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus.
[5] And Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli’jah.”
[6] For he did not know what to say, for they were exceedingly afraid.
[7] And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
[8] And suddenly looking around they no longer saw any one with them but Jesus only.
[9] And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of man should have risen from the dead.
[10] So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what the rising from the dead meant.
[11] And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Eli’jah must come?”
[12] And he said to them, “Eli’jah does come first to restore all things; and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
[13] But I tell you that Eli’jah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”

John 7:1-13
[1] After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
[2] Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand.
[3] So his brothers said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples may see the works you are doing.
[4] For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.”
[5] For even his brothers did not believe in him.
[6] Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.
[7] The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify of it that its works are evil.
[8] Go to the feast yourselves; I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.”
[9] So saying, he remained in Galilee.
[10] But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private.
[11] The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”
[12] And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.”
[13] Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

Exodus 24:12-18
[12] The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tables of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”
[13] So Moses rose with his servant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.
[14] And he said to the elders, “Tarry here for us, until we come to you again; and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a cause, let him go to them.”
[15] Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.
[16] The glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days; and on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.
[17] Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.
[18] And Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

I Kings 19:11-16
[11] And he said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
[12] and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
[13] And when Eli’jah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Eli’jah?”
[14] He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the people of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
[15] And the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, you shall anoint Haz’ael to be king over Syria;
[16] and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel; and Eli’sha the son of Shaphat of A’bel-meho’lah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.

Isaiah 40:9-17
[9] Get you up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
[10] Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
[11] He will feed his flock like a shepherd,
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
[12] Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
[13] Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or as his counselor has instructed him?
[14] Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,
and who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
[15] Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the isles like fine dust.
[16] Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
[17] All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.

Hebrews 12:18-27
[18] For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,
[19] and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them.
[20] For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”
[21] Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
[22] But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
[23] and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
[24] and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.
[25] See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
[26] His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”
[27] This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Luke 9:18-36
[18] And the second came, saying, `Lord, your pound has made five pounds.’
[19] And he said to him, `And you are to be over five cities.’
[20] Then another came, saying, `Lord, here is your pound, which I kept laid away in a napkin;
[21] for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow.’
[22] He said to him, `I will condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?
[23] Why then did you not put my money into the bank, and at my coming I should have collected it with interest?’
[24] And he said to those who stood by, `Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has the ten pounds.’
[25] (And they said to him, `Lord, he has ten pounds!’)
[26] `I tell you, that to every one who has will more be given; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
[27] But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.'”
[28] And when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
[29] When he drew near to Beth’phage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,
[30] saying, “Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it and bring it here.
[31] If any one asks you, `Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this, `The Lord has need of it.'”
[32] So those who were sent went away and found it as he had told them.
[33] And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
[34] And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”
[35] And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt they set Jesus upon it.
[36] And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road.

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July 22 (Daily Scripture)

Remembrance of the Old Ark and the Feast of the New Holy Church,
Tone of the Day: ԱԿ

Exodus 25:10-14
Joshua 3:14-4:18
I Samuel 6:18-7:2
II Samuel 6:12-19
Hebrews 9:1-10
Matthew 5:17-20

Exodus 25:10-14
[10] “They shall make an ark of acacia wood; two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height.
[11] And you shall overlay it with pure gold, within and without shall you overlay it, and you shall make upon it a molding of gold round about.
[12] And you shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.
[13] You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
[14] And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark by them.

Joshua 3:14-4:18
[14] So, when the people set out from their tents, to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,
[15] and when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest),
[16] the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap far off, at Adam, the city that is beside Zar’ethan, and those flowing down toward the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were wholly cut off; and the people passed over opposite Jericho.
[17] And while all Israel were passing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.

Chapter 4
[1] When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
[2] “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man,
[3] and command them, `Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'”
[4] Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe;
[5] and Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel,
[6] that this may be a sign among you, when your children ask in time to come, `What do those stones mean to you?’
[7] Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial for ever.”
[8] And the men of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, as the LORD told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
[9] And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had stood; and they are there to this day.
[10] For the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan, until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua.
The people passed over in haste;
[11] and when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people.
[12] The sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad and the half-tribe of Manas’seh passed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had bidden them;
[13] about forty thousand ready armed for war passed over before the LORD for battle, to the plains of Jericho.
[14] On that day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they stood in awe of him, as they had stood in awe of Moses, all the days of his life.
[15] And the LORD said to Joshua,
[16] “Command the priests who bear the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan.”
[17] Joshua therefore commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”
[18] And when the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the LORD came up from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up on dry ground, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks, as before.

I Samuel 6:18-7:2
[18] also the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and unwalled villages. The great stone, beside which they set down the ark of the LORD, is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth-she’mesh.
[19] And he slew some of the men of Beth-she’mesh, because they looked into the ark of the LORD; he slew seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the LORD had made a great slaughter among the people.
[20] Then the men of Beth-she’mesh said, “Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall he go up away from us?”
[21] So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kir’iath-je’arim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the LORD. Come down and take it up to you.”

Chapter 7
[1] And the men of Kir’iath-je’arim came and took up the ark of the LORD, and brought it to the house of Abin’adab on the hill; and they consecrated his son, Elea’zar, to have charge of the ark of the LORD.
[2] From the day that the ark was lodged at Kir’iath-je’arim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

II Samuel 6:12-19
[12] And it was told King David, “The LORD has blessed the household of O’bed-e’dom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of O’bed-e’dom to the city of David with rejoicing;
[13] and when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
[14] And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
[15] So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the horn.
[16] As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
[17] And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place, inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
[18] And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts,
[19] and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people departed, each to his house.

Hebrews 9:1-10
[1] Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary.
[2] For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place.
[3] Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies,
[4] having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
[5] above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
[6] These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties;
[7] but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.
[8] By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary is not yet opened as long as the outer tent is still standing
[9] (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper,
[10] but deal only with food and drink and various ablutions, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.

Matthew 5:17-20
[17] “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
[18] For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
[19] Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
[20] For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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July 21 (Daily Scripture)

Fifth Day of the Fast of Transfiguration,
Tone of the Day: ԱՁ

Romans 16:17-27
Matthew 15:39-16:12

Romans 16:17-27
[17] I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them.
[18] For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.
[19] For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil;
[20] then the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
[21] Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosip’ater, my kinsmen.
[22] I Tertius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord.
[23] Ga’ius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Eras’tus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.
[24] …
[25] Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages
[26] but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith —
[27] to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Matthew 15:39-16:12
[39] And sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Mag’adan.

Chapter 16
[1] And the Pharisees and Sad’ducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
[2] He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.’
[3] And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
[4] An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.
[5] When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.
[6] Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
[7] And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”
[8] But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?
[9] Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
[10] Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
[11] How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
[12] Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.

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July 20 (Daily Scripture)

Fourth Day of the Fast of Transfiguration,
Tone of the Day: ԴԿ

Romans 15:30-16:16
Matthew 15:29-38

Romans 15:30-16:16
[30] I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
[31] that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
[32] so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
[33] The God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Chapter 16
[1] I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen’chre-ae,
[2] that you may receive her in the Lord as befits the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself as well.
[3] Greet Prisca and Aq’uila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
[4] who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I but also all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks;
[5] greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epae’netus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.
[6] Greet Mary, who has worked hard among you.
[7] Greet Androni’cus and Ju’nias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners; they are men of note among the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
[8] Greet Amplia’tus, my beloved in the Lord.
[9] Greet Urba’nus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys.
[10] Greet Apel’les, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobu’lus.
[11] Greet my kinsman Hero’dion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcis’sus.
[12] Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphae’na and Trypho’sa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
[13] Greet Rufus, eminent in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
[14] Greet Asyn’critus, Phlegon, Hermes, Pat’robas, Hermas, and the brethren who are with them.
[15] Greet Philol’ogus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olym’pas, and all the saints who are with them.
[16] Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

Matthew 15:29-38
[29] And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
[30] And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
[31] so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
[32] Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
[33] And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?”
[34] And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
[35] And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
[36] he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
[37] And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
[38] Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

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July 19 (Daily Scripture)

Third Day of the Fast of Transfiguration,
Tone of the Day: ԴՁ

Romans 15:14-29
Matthew 15:21-28

Romans 15:14-29
[14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another.
[15] But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God
[16] to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
[17] In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.
[18] For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has wrought through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed,
[19] by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyr’icum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ,
[20] thus making it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on another man’s foundation,
[21] but as it is written, “They shall see who have never been told of him,
and they shall understand who have never heard of him.”
[22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.
[23] But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you,
[24] I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little.
[25] At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints.
[26] For Macedo’nia and Acha’ia have been pleased to make some contribution for the poor among the saints at Jerusalem;
[27] they were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
[28] When therefore I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain;
[29] and I know that when I come to you I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.

Matthew 15:21-28
[21] And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
[22] And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.”
[23] But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.”
[24] He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
[25] But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
[26] And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
[27] She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
[28] Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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July 18 (Daily Scripture)

Second Day of the Fast of Transfiguration,
Tone of the Day: ԳԿ

Romans 15:1-13
Matthew 15:1-20

Romans 15:1-13
[1] We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;
[2] let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
[3] For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me.”
[4] For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
[5] May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
[6] that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[7] Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
[8] For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
[9] and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles,
and sing to thy name”;
[10] and again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;
[11] and again, “Praise the Lord, all Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him”;
[12] and further Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come,
he who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him shall the Gentiles hope.”
[13] May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Matthew 15:1-20
[1] Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
[2] “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”
[3] He answered them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
[4] For God commanded, `Honor your father and your mother,’ and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die.’
[5] But you say, `If any one tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor his father.’
[6] So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made void the word of God.
[7] You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
[8] `This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
[9] in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'”
[10] And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:
[11] not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
[12] Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
[13] He answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
[14] Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
[15] But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
[16] And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
[17] Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on?
[18] But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man.
[19] For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
[20] These are what defile a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

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July 17 (Daily Scripture)

First Day of the Fast of Transfiguration,
Tone of the Day: ԳՁ

Romans 11:25-36
Matthew 14:22-36

Romans 11:25-36
[25] Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brethren: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles come in,
[26] and so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
[27] “and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
[28] As regards the gospel they are enemies of God, for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.
[29] For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
[30] Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,
[31] so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy.
[32] For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.
[33] O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
[34] “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
[35] “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
[36] For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory for ever. Amen.

Matthew 14:22-36
[22] Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.
[23] And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,
[24] but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them.
[25] And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
[26] But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
[27] But immediately he spoke to them, saying, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
[28] And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.”
[29] He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus;
[30] but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”
[31] Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?”
[32] And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
[33] And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
[34] And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.
[35] And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent round to all that region and brought to him all that were sick,
[36] and besought him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.

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