July 18 (Daily Scripture)

Second Day of the Fast of Transfiguration,
Tone of the Day: ԳԿ

Romans 15:1-13
Matthew 15:1-20

Romans 15:1-13
[1] We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;
[2] let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
[3] For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me.”
[4] For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
[5] May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
[6] that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[7] Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
[8] For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
[9] and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles,
and sing to thy name”;
[10] and again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;
[11] and again, “Praise the Lord, all Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him”;
[12] and further Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come,
he who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him shall the Gentiles hope.”
[13] May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Matthew 15:1-20
[1] Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
[2] “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”
[3] He answered them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
[4] For God commanded, `Honor your father and your mother,’ and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die.’
[5] But you say, `If any one tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor his father.’
[6] So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made void the word of God.
[7] You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
[8] `This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
[9] in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'”
[10] And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:
[11] not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
[12] Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
[13] He answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
[14] Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
[15] But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
[16] And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
[17] Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on?
[18] But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man.
[19] For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
[20] These are what defile a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

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