Thirty-seventh Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
I John 3:7-10
 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
 And he called him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’
 And the steward said to himself, `What shall I do, since my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
 I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.’
 So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, `How much do you owe my master?’
 He said, `A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, `Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
 Then he said to another, `And how much do you owe?’ He said, `A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, `Take your bill, and write eighty.’
 The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.
 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations.
 “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.
 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him.
 But he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
 “The law and the prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and every one enters it violently.
 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void.
 “Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
 “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
 And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz’arus, full of sores,
 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz’arus in his bosom.
 And he called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz’arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’
 But Abraham said, `Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz’arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’
 And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house,
 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’
 But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
 And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
 He said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'”
 And when we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Pat’ara.
 And having found a ship crossing to Phoeni’cia, we went aboard, and set sail.
 When we had come in sight of Cyprus, leaving it on the left we sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo.
 And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
 And when our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey; and they all, with wives and children, brought us on our way till we were outside the city; and kneeling down on the beach we prayed and bade one another farewell.
 Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.
 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolema’is; and we greeted the brethren and stayed with them for one day.
 On the morrow we departed and came to Caesare’a; and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
 And he had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
 While we were staying for some days, a prophet named Ag’abus came down from Judea.
 And coming to us he took Paul’s girdle and bound his own feet and hands, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, `So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this girdle and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'”
 When we heard this, we and the people there begged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “The will of the Lord be done.”
I John 3:7-10
 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous.
 He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
 No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
 By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother.
 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
 He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
 I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
 as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
 And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.
 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.”
 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.
 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and he is mad; why listen to him?”
 Others said, “These are not the sayings of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said,
 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.
 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.”
 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”
 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.
 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, `Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him.
 And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?”
 And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit;
 and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”
 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”
 And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood.
 And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.”
 And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.”
 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.”
 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.”
 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
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