September 24 (Daily Scripture)

Second Sunday after the Holy Cross,
Eve of the Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak

Isaiah 14:3-17
II Corinthians 10:18-11:10
Mark 10:1-12

Isaiah 14:3-17
[3] When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve,
[4] you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased,
the insolent fury ceased!
[5] The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers,
[6] that smote the peoples in wrath
with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrelenting persecution.
[7] The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing.
[8] The cypresses rejoice at you,
the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
`Since you were laid low,
no hewer comes up against us.’
[9] Sheol beneath is stirred up
to meet you when you come,
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations.
[10] All of them will speak
and say to you:
`You too have become as weak as we!
You have become like us!’
[11] Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
the sound of your harps;
maggots are the bed beneath you,
and worms are your covering.
[12] “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
[13] You said in your heart,
`I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far north;
[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will make myself like the Most High.’
[15] But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the depths of the Pit.
[16] Those who see you will stare at you,
and ponder over you:
`Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
[17] who made the world like a desert
and overthrew its cities,
who did not let his prisoners go home?’

II Corinthians 10:18-11:10
[18] For it is not the man who commends himself that is accepted, but the man whom the Lord commends.

Chapter 11
[1] I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!
[2] I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.
[3] But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
[4] For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it readily enough.
[5] I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles.
[6] Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
[7] Did I commit a sin in abasing myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel without cost to you?
[8] I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.
[9] And when I was with you and was in want, I did not burden any one, for my needs were supplied by the brethren who came from Macedo’nia. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
[10] As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Acha’ia.

Mark 10:1-12
[1] And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them.
[2] And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
[3] He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”
[4] They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away.”
[5] But Jesus said to them, “For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.
[6] But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.’
[7] `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
[8] and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.
[9] What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.”
[10] And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.
[11] And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her;
[12] and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

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