Fifth Sunday after the Holy Cross
 An oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud
and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
 And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
and they will fight, every man against his brother
and every man against his neighbor,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
 and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
and I will confound their plans;
and they will consult the idols and the sorcerers,
and the mediums and the wizards;
 and I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of a hard master;
and a fierce king will rule over them,
says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
 And the waters of the Nile will be dried up,
and the river will be parched and dry;
 and its canals will become foul,
and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up,
reeds and rushes will rot away.
 There will be bare places by the Nile,
on the brink of the Nile,
and all that is sown by the Nile will dry up,
be driven away, and be no more.
 The fishermen will mourn and lament,
all who cast hook in the Nile;
and they will languish
who spread nets upon the water.
 The workers in combed flax will be in despair,
and the weavers of white cotton.
 Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed,
and all who work for hire will be grieved.
 The princes of Zo’an are utterly foolish;
the wise counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.
 I went up by revelation; and I laid before them (but privately before those who were of repute) the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, lest somehow I should be running or had run in vain.
 But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.
 But because of false brethren secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage —
 to them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.
 And from those who were reputed to be something (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) — those, I say, who were of repute added nothing to me;
 but on the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised
 (for he who worked through Peter for the mission to the circumcised worked through me also for the Gentiles),
 and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised;
 only they would have us remember the poor, which very thing I was eager to do.
 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David?
 David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared, `The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
till I put thy enemies under thy feet.’
 David himself calls him Lord; so how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.
 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go about in long robes, and to have salutations in the market places
 and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
 And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
 And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny.
 And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.
 For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”
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