Forty-third Day and Seventh Sunday of Easter (Zadeeg),
Second Palm Sunday,
Song of Solomon 6:9-8:13
 My dove, my perfect one, is only one,
the darling of her mother,
flawless to her that bore her.
The maidens saw her and called her happy;
the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.
 “Who is this that looks forth like the dawn,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
terrible as an army with banners?”
 I went down to the nut orchard,
to look at the blossoms of the valley,
to see whether the vines had budded,
whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
 Before I was aware, my fancy set me
in a chariot beside my prince.
 Return, return, O Shu’lammite,
return, return, that we may look upon you.
Why should you look upon the Shu’lammite,
as upon a dance before two armies?
 How graceful are your feet in sandals,
O queenly maiden!
Your rounded thighs are like jewels,
the work of a master hand.
 Your navel is a rounded bowl
that never lacks mixed wine.
Your belly is a heap of wheat,
encircled with lilies.
 Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of a gazelle.
 Your neck is like an ivory tower.
Your eyes are pools in Heshbon,
by the gate of Bath-rab’bim.
Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon,
 Your head crowns you like Carmel,
and your flowing locks are like purple;
a king is held captive in the tresses.
 How fair and pleasant you are,
O loved one, delectable maiden!
 You are stately as a palm tree,
and your breasts are like its clusters.
 I say I will climb the palm tree
and lay hold of its branches.
Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
and the scent of your breath like apples,
 and your kisses like the best wine
that goes down smoothly,
gliding over lips and teeth.
 I am my beloved’s,
and his desire is for me.
 Come, my beloved,
let us go forth into the fields,
and lodge in the villages;
 let us go out early to the vineyards,
and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
 The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
and over our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.
 O that you were like a brother to me,
that nursed at my mother’s breast!
If I met you outside, I would kiss you,
and none would despise me.
 I would lead you and bring you
into the house of my mother,
and into the chamber of her that conceived me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the juice of my pomegranates.
 O that his left hand were under my head,
and that his right hand embraced me!
 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
that you stir not up nor awaken love
until it please.
 Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
leaning upon her beloved?
Under the apple tree I awakened you.
There your mother was in travail with you,
there she who bore you was in travail.
 Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is cruel as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a most vehement flame.
 Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
it would be utterly scorned.
 We have a little sister,
and she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister,
on the day when she is spoken for?
 If she is a wall,
we will build upon her a battlement of silver;
but if she is a door,
we will enclose her with boards of cedar.
 I was a wall,
and my breasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
as one who brings peace.
 Solomon had a vineyard at Ba’al-ha’mon;
he let out the vineyard to keepers;
each one was to bring for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver.
 My vineyard, my very own, is for myself;
you, O Solomon, may have the thousand,
and the keepers of the fruit two hundred.
 O you who dwell in the gardens,
my companions are listening for your voice;
let me hear it.
 Who is this that comes from Edom,
in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he that is glorious in his apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, announcing vindication,
mighty to save.”
 Why is thy apparel red,
and thy garments like his that treads in the wine press?
 “I have trodden the wine press alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood is sprinkled upon my garments,
and I have stained all my raiment.
 For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
and my year of redemption has come.
 I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold;
so my own arm brought me victory,
and my wrath upheld me.
 I trod down the peoples in my anger,
I made them drunk in my wrath,
and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”
 For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the Holy Place yearly with blood not his own;
 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
 And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment,
 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
 When he drew near to Beth’phage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples,
 saying, “Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat; untie it and bring it here.
 If any one asks you, `Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this, `The Lord has need of it.'”
 So those who were sent went away and found it as he had told them.
 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.”
 And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their garments on the colt they set Jesus upon it.
 And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road.
 As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,
 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
 And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
 And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it,
 saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.
 For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side,
 and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold,
 saying to them, “It is written, `My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.”
 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him;
 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words.
 When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
 There were more than forty who made this conspiracy.
 And they went to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have strictly bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food till we have killed Paul.
 You therefore, along with the council, give notice now to the tribune to bring him down to you, as though you were going to determine his case more exactly. And we are ready to kill him before he comes near.”
 Now the son of Paul’s sister heard of their ambush; so he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.
 And Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the tribune; for he has something to tell him.”
 So he took him and brought him to the tribune and said, “Paul the prisoner called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, as he has something to say to you.”
 The tribune took him by the hand, and going aside asked him privately, “What is it that you have to tell me?”
 And he said, “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him.
 But do not yield to them; for more than forty of their men lie in ambush for him, having bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you.”
 So the tribune dismissed the young man, charging him, “Tell no one that you have informed me of this.”
 Then he called two of the centurions and said, “At the third hour of the night get ready two hundred soldiers with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesare’a.
 Also provide mounts for Paul to ride, and bring him safely to Felix the governor.”
 And he wrote a letter to this effect:
I John 5:13-21
 I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
 And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.
 If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is mortal; I do not say that one is to pray for that.
 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.
 We know that any one born of God does not sin, but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
 We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one.
 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
 The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
 And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written,
 “Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on an ass’s colt!”
 His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him.
 The crowd that had been with him when he called Laz’arus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness.
 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.
 The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing; look, the world has gone after him.”
 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
 So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa’ida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.
 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.
 And behold, two blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent; but they cried out the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
 And Jesus stopped and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?”
 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”
 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they received their sight and followed him.
 And when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth’phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
 If any one says anything to you, you shall say, `The Lord has need of them,’ and he will send them immediately.”
 This took place to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of an ass.”
 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
 they brought the ass and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon.
 Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
 And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?”
 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee.”
 And Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.
 He said to them, “It is written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you make it a den of robbers.”
 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
 But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant;
 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, `Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
thou hast brought perfect praise’?”
 And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.
 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
 And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyre’ne, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
 And they brought him to the place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of a skull).
 And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it.
 And they crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.
 And it was the third hour, when they crucified him.
 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”
 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.
 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days,
 save yourself, and come down from the cross!”
 So also the chief priests mocked him to one another with the scribes, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.
 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “E’lo-i, E’lo-i, la’ma sabach-tha’ni?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Eli’jah.”
 And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Eli’jah will come to take him down.”
 And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last.
 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae’us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae’us, was sitting by the roadside.
 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; rise, he is calling you.”
 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus.
 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Master, let me receive my sight.”
 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.
 And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Beth’phage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
 and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat; untie it and bring it.
 If any one says to you, `Why are you doing this?’ say, `The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.'”
 And they went away, and found a colt tied at the door out in the open street; and they untied it.
 And those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”
 And they told them what Jesus had said; and they let them go.
 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and threw their garments on it; and he sat upon it.
 And many spread their garments on the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.
 And those who went before and those who followed cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is coming! Hosanna in the highest!”
 And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
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