The Holy Apostles Andrew and Philip
 For what man can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail,
 for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
 We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labor;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
 Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom
and sent thy holy Spirit from on high?
 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and men were taught what pleases thee,
and were saved by wisdom.”
 Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the
world, when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
 and gave him strength to rule all things.
 “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
 For my eyes are upon all their ways; they are not hid from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.
 And I will doubly recompense their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”
 O LORD, my strength and my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of trouble,
to thee shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nought but lies,
worthless things in which there is no profit.
 But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert road.
 And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can’dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship
 and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”
 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
 And he said, “How can I, unless some one guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
 Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: “As a sheep led to the slaughter
or a lamb before its shearer is dumb,
so he opens not his mouth.
 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken up from the earth.”
 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?”
 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus.
 And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?”
 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
 But Philip was found at Azo’tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare’a.
 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples;
 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
 Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
 He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ).
 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, “So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”
 Now Philip was from Beth-sa’ida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
 Philip found Nathan’a-el, and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
 Nathan’a-el said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
 Jesus saw Nathan’a-el coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”
 Nathan’a-el said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
 Nathan’a-el answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.”
 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
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