May 22 (Daily Scripture)

Thirty-seventh Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
Tone: ԳՁ

Luke 16:1-31
Acts 21:1-14
I John 3:7-10
John 10:11-21
Matthew 17:14-21
Mark 9:15-29

Luke 16:1-31
[1] 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.
[2] 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.’
[3] 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.
[4] I have decided what to do, so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship.’
[5] So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he said to the first, `How much do you owe my master?’
[6] He said, `A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, `Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
[7] 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.’
[8] 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.
[9] 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.
[10] “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.
[11] If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches?
[12] And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
[13] 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.”
[14] The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all this, and they scoffed at him.
[15] 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.
[16] “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.
[17] But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one dot of the law to become void.
[18] “Every one who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
[19] “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
[20] And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz’arus, full of sores,
[21] who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
[22] The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
[23] and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz’arus in his bosom.
[24] 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.’
[25] 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.
[26] 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.’
[27] And he said, `Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house,
[28] for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’
[29] But Abraham said, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
[30] And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
[31] 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.'”

Acts 21:1-14
[1] 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.
[2] And having found a ship crossing to Phoeni’cia, we went aboard, and set sail.
[3] 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.
[4] And having sought out the disciples, we stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
[5] 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.
[6] Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.
[7] 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.
[8] 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.
[9] And he had four unmarried daughters, who prophesied.
[10] While we were staying for some days, a prophet named Ag’abus came down from Judea.
[11] 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.'”
[12] When we heard this, we and the people there begged him not to go up to Jerusalem.
[13] 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.”
[14] And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “The will of the Lord be done.”

I John 3:7-10
[7] Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous.
[8] 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.
[9] No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
[10] 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.

John 10:11-21
[11] I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
[12] 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.
[13] He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.
[14] I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
[15] as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
[16] 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.
[17] For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
[18] 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.”
[19] There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.
[20] Many of them said, “He has a demon, and he is mad; why listen to him?”
[21] Others said, “These are not the sayings of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

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

Mark 9:15-29
[15] And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him.
[16] And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?”
[17] And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit;
[18] 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.”
[19] 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.”
[20] 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.
[21] And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood.
[22] 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.”
[23] And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.”
[24] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
[25] 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.”
[26] 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.”
[27] But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.
[28] And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”
[29] And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

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