April 25 (Daily Scripture)

Twenty-fifth Day of Zadeeg

Luke 10:1-24
Acts 14:18-27
II Peter 1:20-2:8
John 6:15-21
Matthew 12:38-50
Mark 5:35-43

Luke 10:1-24
[1] After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
[2] And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
[3] Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
[4] Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.
[5] Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!’
[6] And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.
[7] And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages; do not go from house to house.
[8] Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
[9] heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
[10] But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say,
[11] `Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off against you; nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’
[12] I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
[13] “Woe to you, Chora’zin! woe to you, Beth-sa’ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
[14] But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
[15] And you, Caper’na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
[16] “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
[17] The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
[18] And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
[19] Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you.
[20] Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
[21] In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
[22] All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
[23] Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!
[24] For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Acts 14:18-27
[18] With these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
[19] But Jews came there from Antioch and Ico’nium; and having persuaded the people, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
[20] But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city; and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.
[21] When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Ico’nium and to Antioch,
[22] strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
[23] And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed.
[24] Then they passed through Pisid’ia, and came to Pamphyl’ia.
[25] And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attali’a;
[26] and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.
[27] And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

II Peter 1:20-2:8
[20] For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
[21] For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.
[22] It has happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed only to wallow in the mire.

Chapter 2
[1] This is now the second letter that I have written to you, beloved, and in both of them I have aroused your sincere mind by way of reminder;
[2] that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.
[3] First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions
[4] and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.”
[5] They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water,
[6] through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
[7] But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
[8] But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

John 6:15-21
[15] Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
[16] When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
[17] got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caper’na-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
[18] The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.
[19] When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened,
[20] but he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
[21] Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Matthew 12:38-50
[38] Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
[39] But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
[40] For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
[41] The men of Nin’eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
[42] The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
[43] “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.
[44] Then he says, `I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
[45] Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.”
[46] While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
[48] But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”
[49] And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
[50] For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Mark 5:35-43
[35] While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
[36] But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
[37] And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
[38] When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
[39] And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
[40] And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
[41] Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Tal’itha cu’mi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
[42] And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
[43] And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

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April 24 (Daily Scripture)

Twenty-fourth Day of Zadeeg,
Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide

Luke 9:51-62
Acts 14:7-17
II Peter 1:12-19
John 6:1-14
Matthew 12:22-37
Mark 5:21-34

Luke 9:51-62
[51] When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.
[52] And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him;
[53] but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
[54] And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?”
[55] But he turned and rebuked them.
[56] And they went on to another village.
[57] As they were going along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
[58] And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
[59] To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
[60] But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
[61] Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”
[62] Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Acts 14:7-17
[7] and there they preached the gospel.
[8] Now at Lystra there was a man sitting, who could not use his feet; he was a cripple from birth, who had never walked.
[9] He listened to Paul speaking; and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,
[10] said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and walked.
[11] And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycao’nian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
[12] Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, because he was the chief speaker, they called Hermes.
[13] And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the people.
[14] But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out among the multitude, crying,
[15] “Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
[16] In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways;
[17] yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”

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.

John 6:1-14
[1] After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiber’i-as.
[2] And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased.
[3] Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples.
[4] Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.
[5] Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?”
[6] This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.
[7] Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.”
[8] One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him,
[9] “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?”
[10] Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
[11] Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
[12] And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.”
[13] So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten.
[14] When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”

Matthew 12:22-37
[22] Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
[23] And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?”
[24] But when the Pharisees heard it they said, “It is only by Be-el’zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”
[25] Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;
[26] and if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
[27] And if I cast out demons by Be-el’zebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
[28] But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
[29] Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.
[30] He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
[31] Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
[32] And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
[33] “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
[34] You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
[35] The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
[36] I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;
[37] for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Mark 5:21-34
[21] And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea.
[22] Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Ja’irus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet,
[23] and besought him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”
[24] And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.
[25] And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years,
[26] and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.
[27] She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
[28] For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well.”
[29] And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
[30] And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?”
[31] And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?’”
[32] And he looked around to see who had done it.
[33] But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
[34] And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

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April 23 (Daily Scripture)

Twenty-third Day of Zadeeg

Luke 9:37-50
Acts 13:44-14:6
II Peter 1:1-11
John 5:31-47
Matthew 12:1-21
Mark 4:35-5:20

Luke 9:37-50
[37] On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.
[38] And behold, a man from the crowd cried, “Teacher, I beg you to look upon my son, for he is my only child;
[39] and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him till he foams, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.
[40] And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”
[41] Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”
[42] While he was coming, the demon tore him and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.
[43] And all were astonished at the majesty of God.
But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples,
[44] “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.”
[45] But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
[46] And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.
[47] But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side,
[48] and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
[49] John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.”
[50] But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.”

Acts 13:44-14:6
[44] The next sabbath almost the whole city gathered together to hear the word of God.
[45] But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted what was spoken by Paul, and reviled him.
[46] And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
[47] For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, `I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.’”
[48] And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of God; and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
[49] And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the region.
[50] But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, and stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.
[51] But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and went to Ico’nium.
[52] And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 14
[1] Now at Ico’nium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue, and so spoke that a great company believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.
[2] But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.
[3] So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
[4] But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
[5] When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them,
[6] they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao’nia, and to the surrounding country;

II Peter 1:1-11
[1] Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
[2] May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
[3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
[4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.
[5] For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
[6] and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
[7] and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
[8] For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[9] For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
[10] Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall;
[11] so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

John 5:31-47
[31] If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true;
[32] there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true.
[33] You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
[34] Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved.
[35] He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
[36] But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me.
[37] And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen;
[38] and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent.
[39] You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me;
[40] yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
[41] I do not receive glory from men.
[42] But I know that you have not the love of God within you.
[43] I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
[44] How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
[45] Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope.
[46] If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.
[47] But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Matthew 12:1-21
[1] At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.
[2] But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.”
[3] He said to them, “Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
[4] how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests?
[5] Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
[6] I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
[7] And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
[8] For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.”
[9] And he went on from there, and entered their synagogue.
[10] And behold, there was a man with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath?” so that they might accuse him.
[11] He said to them, “What man of you, if he has one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?
[12] Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.”
[13] Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.
[14] But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
[15] Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,
[16] and ordered them not to make him known.
[17] This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
[18] “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
[19] He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;
[20] he will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick,
till he brings justice to victory;
[21] and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”

Mark 4:35-5:20
[35] On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
[36] And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
[37] And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
[38] But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?”
[39] And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
[40] He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
[41] And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

Chapter 5
[1] They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Ger’asenes.
[2] And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
[3] who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain;
[4] for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him.
[5] Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones.
[6] And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him;
[7] and crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”
[8] For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
[9] And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
[10] And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country.
[11] Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside;
[12] and they begged him, “Send us to the swine, let us enter them.”
[13] So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.
[14] The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.
[15] And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had had the legion; and they were afraid.
[16] And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine.
[17] And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood.
[18] And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
[19] But he refused, and said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
[20] And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decap’olis how much Jesus had done for him; and all men marveled.

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April 22 (Daily Scripture)

Twenty-second Day of Zadeeg,
Fourth Sunday,
Red Sunday

Luke 9:18-36
Acts 13:16-43
I Peter 5:1-14
John 5:19-30
Matthew 11:25-30
Luke 23:32-46
Mark 4:26-34

Luke 9:18-36
[18] Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?”
[19] And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Eli’jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.”
[20] And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
[21] But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one,
[22] saying, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
[23] And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
[24] For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.
[25] For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
[26] For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
[27] But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
[28] Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
[29] And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.
[30] And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Eli’jah,
[31] who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem.
[32] Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
[33] And as the men were parting from him, 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” — not knowing what he said.
[34] As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
[35] And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
[36] And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

Acts 13:16-43
[16] So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:
“Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen.
[17] The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it.
[18] And for about forty years he bore with them in the wilderness.
[19] And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years.
[20] And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.
[21] Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.
[22] And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king; of whom he testified and said, `I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
[23] Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised.
[24] Before his coming John had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
[25] And as John was finishing his course, he said, `What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
[26] “Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
[27] For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning him.
[28] Though they could charge him with nothing deserving death, yet they asked Pilate to have him killed.
[29] And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb.
[30] But God raised him from the dead;
[31] and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
[32] And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
[33] this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, `Thou art my Son,
today I have begotten thee.’
[34] And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he spoke in this way, `I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
[35] Therefore he says also in another psalm, `Thou wilt not let thy Holy One see corruption.’
[36] For David, after he had served the counsel of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid with his fathers, and saw corruption;
[37] but he whom God raised up saw no corruption.
[38] Let it be known to you therefore, brethren, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
[39] and by him every one that believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
[40] Beware, therefore, lest there come upon you what is said in the prophets:
[41] `Behold, you scoffers, and wonder, and perish;
for I do a deed in your days,
a deed you will never believe, if one declares it to you.’”
[42] As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next sabbath.
[43] And when the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to continue in the grace of God.

I Peter 5:1-14
[1] So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed.
[2] Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly,
[3] not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.
[4] And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory.
[5] Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
[6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.
[7] Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
[8] Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.
[9] Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.
[10] And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.
[11] To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
[12] By Silva’nus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.
[13] She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark.
[14] Greet one another with the kiss of love.
Peace to all of you that are in Christ.

John 5:19-30
[19] Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.
[20] For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel.
[21] For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
[22] The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,
[23] that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
[24] Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
[25] “Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
[26] For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself,
[27] and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.
[28] Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
[29] and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
[30] “I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Matthew 11:25-30
[25] At that time Jesus declared, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
[26] yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
[27] All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
[28] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Luke 23:32-46
[32] Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.
[33] And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.
[34] And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
[35] And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”
[36] The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar,
[37] and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
[38] There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
[39] One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
[40] But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
[41] And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
[42] And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
[43] And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
[44] It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,
[45] while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
[46] Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

Mark 4:26-34
[26] And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground,
[27] and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how.
[28] The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
[29] But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
[30] And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it?
[31] It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
[32] yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
[33] With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it;
[34] he did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.

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April 21 (Daily Scripture)

Twenty-first Day of Zadeeg

Luke 9:1-17
Acts 12:25-13:15
I Peter 4:12-19
John 5:1-18
Matthew 11:1-24
Mark 4:21-25

Luke 9:1-17
[1] And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,
[2] and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal.
[3] And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.
[4] And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.
[5] And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”
[6] And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
[7] Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,
[8] by some that Eli’jah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen.
[9] Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.
[10] On their return the apostles told him what they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a city called Beth-sa’ida.
[11] When the crowds learned it, they followed him; and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God, and cured those who had need of healing.
[12] Now the day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away, to go into the villages and country round about, to lodge and get provisions; for we are here in a lonely place.”
[13] But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish — unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.”
[14] For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Make them sit down in companies, about fifty each.”
[15] And they did so, and made them all sit down.
[16] And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
[17] And all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Acts 12:25-13:15
[25] And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, bringing with them John whose other name was Mark.

Chapter 13
[1] Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyre’ne, Man’a-en a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
[2] While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
[3] Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
[4] So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleu’cia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
[5] When they arrived at Sal’amis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them.
[6] When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus.
[7] He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
[8] But El’ymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) withstood them, seeking to turn away the proconsul from the faith.
[9] But Saul, who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him
[10] and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?
[11] And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
[12] Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
[13] Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphyl’ia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem;
[14] but they passed on from Perga and came to Antioch of Pisid’ia. And on the sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.
[15] After the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.”

I Peter 4:12-19
[12] Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you, as though something strange were happening to you.
[13] But rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
[14] If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
[15] But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrongdoer, or a mischief-maker;
[16] yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God.
[17] For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
[18] And “If the righteous man is scarcely saved,
where will the impious and sinner appear?”
[19] Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.

John 5:1-18
[1] After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
[2] Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za’tha, which has five porticoes.
[3] In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed.
[5] One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
[6] When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
[7] The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
[8] Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.”
[9] And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.
Now that day was the sabbath.
[10] So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.”
[11] But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, `Take up your pallet, and walk.’”
[12] They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your pallet, and walk’?”
[13] Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
[14] Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you.”
[15] The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
[16] And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath.
[17] But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working still, and I am working.”
[18] This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God.

Matthew 11:1-24
[1] And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
[2] Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples
[3] and said to him, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
[4] And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:
[5] the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
[6] And blessed is he who takes no offense at me.”
[7] As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind?
[8] Why then did you go out? To see a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, those who wear soft raiment are in kings’ houses.
[9] Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
[10] This is he of whom it is written, `Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,
who shall prepare thy way before thee.’
[11] Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
[12] From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
[13] For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John;
[14] and if you are willing to accept it, he is Eli’jah who is to come.
[15] He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
[16] “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,
[17] `We piped to you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
[18] For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, `He has a demon’;
[19] the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, `Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
[20] Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.
[21] “Woe to you, Chora’zin! woe to you, Beth-sa’ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
[22] But I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
[23] And you, Caper’na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
[24] But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Mark 4:21-25
[21] And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand?
[22] For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light.
[23] If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.”
[24] And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you.
[25] For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

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April 20 (Daily Scripture)

Twentieth Day of Zadeeg

Luke 8:22-56
Acts 11:27-12:24
I Peter 4:1-11
John 4:43-54
Matthew 10:16-40
Mark 4:10-20

Luke 8:22-56
[22] One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out,
[23] and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a storm of wind came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.
[24] And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there was a calm.
[25] He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water, and they obey him?”
[26] Then they arrived at the country of the Ger’asenes, which is opposite Galilee.
[27] And as he stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs.
[28] When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me.”
[29] For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.)
[30] Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him.
[31] And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss.
[32] Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave.
[33] Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
[34] When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country.
[35] Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
[36] And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed.
[37] Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Ger’asenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned.
[38] The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying,
[39] “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
[40] Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.
[41] And there came a man named Ja’irus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought him to come to his house,
[42] for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.
As he went, the people pressed round him.
[43] And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and could not be healed by any one,
[44] came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased.
[45] And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you!”
[46] But Jesus said, “Some one touched me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from me.”
[47] And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.
[48] And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
[49] While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.”
[50] But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.”
[51] And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child.
[52] And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.”
[53] And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.
[54] But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.”
[55] And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat.
[56] And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.

Acts 11:27-12:24
[27] Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
[28] And one of them named Ag’abus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world; and this took place in the days of Claudius.
[29] And the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea;
[30] and they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Chapter 12
[1] About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.
[2] He killed James the brother of John with the sword;
[3] and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.
[4] And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.
[5] So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
[6] The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison;
[7] and behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.
[8] And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your mantle around you and follow me.”
[9] And he went out and followed him; he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
[10] When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel left him.
[11] And Peter came to himself, and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”
[12] When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
[13] And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a maid named Rhoda came to answer.
[14] Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and told that Peter was standing at the gate.
[15] They said to her, “You are mad.” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel!”
[16] But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed.
[17] But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Tell this to James and to the brethren.” Then he departed and went to another place.
[18] Now when day came, there was no small stir among the soldiers over what had become of Peter.
[19] And when Herod had sought for him and could not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesare’a, and remained there.
[20] Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and they came to him in a body, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food.
[21] On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and made an oration to them.
[22] And the people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of man!”
[23] Immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died.
[24] But the word of God grew and multiplied.

I Peter 4:1-11
[1] Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
[2] so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer by human passions but by the will of God.
[3] Let the time that is past suffice for doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry.
[4] They are surprised that you do not now join them in the same wild profligacy, and they abuse you;
[5] but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
[6] For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the spirit like God.
[7] The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers.
[8] Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.
[9] Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.
[10] As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
[11] whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

John 4:43-54
[43] After the two days he departed to Galilee.
[44] For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
[45] So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast.
[46] So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Caper’na-um there was an official whose son was ill.
[47] When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
[48] Jesus therefore said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
[49] The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
[50] Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way.
[51] As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living.
[52] So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”
[53] The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live”; and he himself believed, and all his household.
[54] This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

Matthew 10:16-40
[16] “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
[17] Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues,
[18] and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles.
[19] When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour;
[20] for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
[21] Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
[22] and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
[23] When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before the Son of man comes.
[24] “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master;
[25] it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Be-el’zebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
[26] “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
[27] What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
[28] And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
[29] Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
[30] But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
[31] Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
[32] So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
[33] but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
[34] “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
[35] For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
[36] and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.
[37] He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
[38] and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
[39] He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
[40] “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.

Mark 4:10-20
[10] And when he was alone, those who were about him with the twelve asked him concerning the parables.
[11] And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables;
[12] so that they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand; lest they should turn again, and be forgiven.”
[13] And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
[14] The sower sows the word.
[15] And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown; when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which is sown in them.
[16] And these in like manner are the ones sown upon rocky ground, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
[17] and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.
[18] And others are the ones sown among thorns; they are those who hear the word,
[19] but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
[20] But those that were sown upon the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

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April 19 (Daily Scripture)

Nineteenth Day of Zadeeg

Luke 8:1-21
Acts 11:1-26
I Peter 3:10-22
John 4:24-42
Matthew 9:35-10:15
Mark 4:1-9

Luke 8:1-21
[1] Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him,
[2] and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Mag’dalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
[3] and Joan’na, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.
[4] And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:
[5] “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.
[6] And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.
[7] And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
[8] And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
[9] And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant,
[10] he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
[11] Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
[12] The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved.
[13] And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
[14] And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.
[15] And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.
[16] “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.
[17] For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.
[18] Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
[19] Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd.
[20] And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.”
[21] But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Acts 11:1-26
[1] Now the apostles and the brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.
[2] So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him,
[3] saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”
[4] But Peter began and explained to them in order:
[5] “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me.
[6] Looking at it closely I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air.
[7] And I heard a voice saying to me, `Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’
[8] But I said, `No, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
[9] But the voice answered a second time from heaven, `What God has cleansed you must not call common.’
[10] This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven.
[11] At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesare’a.
[12] And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.
[13] And he told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, `Send to Joppa and bring Simon called Peter;
[14] he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’
[15] As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning.
[16] And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, `John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
[17] If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”
[18] When they heard this they were silenced. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life.”
[19] Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoeni’cia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews.
[20] But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyre’ne, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus.
[21] And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number that believed turned to the Lord.
[22] News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
[23] When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose;
[24] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord.
[25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul;
[26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians.

I Peter 3:10-22
[10] For “He that would love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking guile;
[11] let him turn away from evil and do right;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
[12] For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.”
[13] Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is right?
[14] But even if you do suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
[15] but in your hearts reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence;
[16] and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
[17] For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong.
[18] For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit;
[19] in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison,
[20] who formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.
[21] Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
[22] who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

John 4:24-42
[24] God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
[25] The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things.”
[26] Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
[27] Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “What do you wish?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”
[28] So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people,
[29] “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
[30] They went out of the city and were coming to him.
[31] Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
[32] But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
[33] So the disciples said to one another, “Has any one brought him food?”
[34] Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.
[35] Do you not say, `There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.
[36] He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
[37] For here the saying holds true, `One sows and another reaps.’
[38] I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
[39] Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
[40] So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
[41] And many more believed because of his word.
[42] They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Matthew 9:35-10:15
[35] And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity.
[36] When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
[37] Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
[38] pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Chapter 10
[1] And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
[2] The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zeb’edee, and John his brother;
[3] Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
[4] Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
[5] These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans,
[6] but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
[7] And preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
[8] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying, give without pay.
[9] Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts,
[10] no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves his food.
[11] And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it, and stay with him until you depart.
[12] As you enter the house, salute it.
[13] And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
[14] And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
[15] Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor’rah than for that town.

Mark 4:1-9
[1] Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
[2] And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
[3] “Listen! A sower went out to sow.
[4] And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
[5] Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
[6] and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
[7] Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
[8] And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
[9] And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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