Second Sunday after Theophany,
Eve of the Pre-Lenten Fast (Arachavorats Bahk)
II Timothy 2:15-26
 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
my soul shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.
 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
 The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
which the mouth of the LORD will give.
 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My delight is in her,
and your land Married;
for the LORD delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
 For as a young man marries a virgin,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the LORD in remembrance,
take no rest,
 and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
 The LORD has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
“I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink your wine
for which you have labored;
 but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the LORD,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in the courts of my sanctuary.”
II Timothy 2:15-26
 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
 Avoid such godless chatter, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
 and their talk will eat its way like gangrene. Among them are Hymenae’us and Phile’tus,
 who have swerved from the truth by holding that the resurrection is past already. They are upsetting the faith of some.
 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
 In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble.
 If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work.
 So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord from a pure heart.
 Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to every one, an apt teacher, forbearing,
 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,
 and they may escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,
 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caper’na-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
 The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.
 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened,
 but he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
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