St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki,
St. Basil the Priest of Ancyra
 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom,
and humility goes before honor.
 The plans of the mind belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the LORD weighs the spirit.
 Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
 The LORD has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
 Every one who is arrogant is an abomination to the LORD;
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
 By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
whoever is discerning, let him know them;
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the upright walk in them,
but transgressors stumble in them.
 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another;
 but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
 he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit,
 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
 The saying is sure.
I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.
 “But take heed to yourselves; for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them.
 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
 And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death;
 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
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