Twenty-fifth Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
II Peter 1:20-2:8
 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.
 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.
 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and salute no one on the road.
 Whatever house you enter, first say, `Peace be to this house!’
 And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you.
 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.
 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
 heal the sick in it and say to them, `The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say,
 `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.’
 I tell you, it shall be more tolerable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
 “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.
 But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
 And you, Caper’na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
 “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!”
 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
 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.
 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
 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.
 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.”
 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!
 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.”
 With these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
 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.
 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.
 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,
 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.
 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.
 Then they passed through Pisid’ia, and came to Pamphyl’ia.
 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attali’a;
 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.
 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
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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;
 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.
 First of all you must understand this, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own passions
 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.”
 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,
 through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
 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.
 The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.
 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,
 but he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none.
 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.
 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.”
 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”
 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
 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?”
 But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”
 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.
 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Tal’itha cu’mi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
 And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
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