St. Aquiphesimeus the Bishop, martyr from Persia,
St. Joseph the Priest, martyr from Persia,
St. Ayithalas the Deacon, martyr from Persia,
St. Platon, martyr from Ancyra
I Timothy 5:17-21
 I, wisdom, dwell in prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.
 I have counsel and sound wisdom,
I have insight, I have strength.
 By me kings reign,
and rulers decree what is just;
 by me princes rule,
and nobles govern the earth.
 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me diligently find me.
 Riches and honor are with me,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
and my yield than choice silver.
 I walk in the way of righteousness,
in the paths of justice,
 endowing with wealth those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.
 The shatterer has come up against you.
Man the ramparts;
watch the road;
gird your loins;
collect all your strength.
 (For the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob
as the majesty of Israel,
for plunderers have stripped them
and ruined their branches.)
 The shield of his mighty men is red,
his soldiers are clothed in scarlet.
The chariots flash like flame
when mustered in array;
the chargers prance.
 The chariots rage in the streets,
they rush to and fro through the squares;
they gleam like torches,
they dart like lightning.
 The officers are summoned,
they stumble as they go,
they hasten to the wall,
the mantelet is set up.
 The river gates are opened,
the palace is in dismay;
I Timothy 5:17-21
 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching;
 for the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”
 Never admit any charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without favor, doing nothing from partiality.
 And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.
 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
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