Twenty-third Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
II Peter 1:1-11
 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him.
 And behold, a man from the crowd cried, “Teacher, I beg you to look upon my son, for he is my only child;
 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.
 And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”
 Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”
 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.
 And all were astonished at the majesty of God.
But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples,
 “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.”
 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.
 And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.
 But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side,
 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.”
 John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.”
 But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.”
 The next sabbath almost the whole city gathered together to hear the word of God.
 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with jealousy, and contradicted what was spoken by Paul, and reviled him.
 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.
 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.'”
 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.
 And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the region.
 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.
 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and went to Ico’nium.
 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
 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.
 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.
 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.
 But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
 When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them,
 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao’nia, and to the surrounding country;
II Peter 1:1-11
 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:
 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
 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,
 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.
 For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,
 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
 For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
 Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall;
 so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true;
 there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true.
 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.
 Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved.
 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
 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.
 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen;
 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent.
 You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me;
 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
 I do not receive glory from men.
 But I know that you have not the love of God within you.
 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.
 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope.
 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.
 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
 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.
 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.”
 He said to them, “Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and those who were with him:
 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?
 Or have you not read in the law how on the sabbath the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are guiltless?
 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.
 And if you had known what this means, `I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
 For the Son of man is lord of the sabbath.”
 And he went on from there, and entered their synagogue.
 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.
 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?
 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.”
 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, whole like the other.
 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him.
 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all,
 and ordered them not to make him known.
 This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
 “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.
 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will any one hear his voice in the streets;
 he will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick,
till he brings justice to victory;
 and in his name will the Gentiles hope.”
 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
 And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
 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?”
 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.
 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
 And they were filled with awe, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”
 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Ger’asenes.
 And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
 who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain;
 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.
 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones.
 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him;
 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.”
 For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!”
 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
 And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country.
 Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside;
 and they begged him, “Send us to the swine, let us enter them.”
 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.
 The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened.
 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.
 And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine.
 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood.
 And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
 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.”
 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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