St. Theodoret, Priest of Antioch,
Sts. Zeno, Macarius, and Eudoxius, martyrs of Melitene,
St. Romulus, martyr and Roman Commander
I Timothy 5:17-21
 Beware then of useless murmuring,
and keep your tongue from slander;
because no secret word is without result,
and a lying mouth destroys the soul.
 Do not invite death by the error of your life,
nor bring on destruction by the works of your hands;
 because God did not make death,
and he does not delight in the death of the living.
 For he created all things that they might exist,
and the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them;
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
 For righteousness is immortal.
 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
 Let him sit alone in silence
when he has laid it on him;
 let him put his mouth in the dust —
there may yet be hope;
 let him give his cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.
 For the Lord will not
cast off for ever,
 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
 for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve the sons of men.
 To crush under foot
all the prisoners of the earth,
 to turn aside the right of a man
in the presence of the Most High,
 to subvert a man in his cause,
the Lord does not approve.
 Who has commanded and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has ordained it?
 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and evil come?
 Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
 Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the LORD!
 Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
 “We have transgressed and rebelled,
and thou hast not forgiven.
 “Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us,
slaying without pity;
 thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
 Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse
among the peoples.
 “All our enemies
rail against us;
 panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and destruction;
 my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
 “My eyes will flow without ceasing,
 until the LORD from heaven
looks down and sees;
 my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the maidens of my city.
 “I have been hunted like a bird
by those who were my enemies without cause;
 they flung me alive into the pit
and cast stones on me;
 water closed over my head;
I said, `I am lost.’
 “I called on thy name, O LORD,
from the depths of the pit;
 thou didst hear my plea, `Do not close
thine ear to my cry for help!’
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.
 “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
 What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
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