October 20 (Daily Scripture)

St. Theodoret, Priest of Antioch,
Sts. Zeno, Macarius, and Eudoxius, martyrs of Melitene,
St. Romulus, martyr and Roman Commander

Wisdom 1:11-15
Lamentations 3:22-56
I Timothy 5:17-21
Matthew 10:26-33

Wisdom 1:11-15
[11] 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.
[12] Do not invite death by the error of your life,
nor bring on destruction by the works of your hands;
[13] because God did not make death,
and he does not delight in the death of the living.
[14] 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.
[15] For righteousness is immortal.

Lamentations 3:22-56
[22] The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
[23] they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
[24] “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
[25] The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
[26] It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
[27] It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
[28] Let him sit alone in silence
when he has laid it on him;
[29] let him put his mouth in the dust —
there may yet be hope;
[30] let him give his cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.
[31] For the Lord will not
cast off for ever,
[32] but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
[33] for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve the sons of men.
[34] To crush under foot
all the prisoners of the earth,
[35] to turn aside the right of a man
in the presence of the Most High,
[36] to subvert a man in his cause,
the Lord does not approve.
[37] Who has commanded and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has ordained it?
[38] Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and evil come?
[39] Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
[40] Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the LORD!
[41] Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
[42] “We have transgressed and rebelled,
and thou hast not forgiven.
[43] “Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us,
slaying without pity;
[44] thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
[45] Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse
among the peoples.
[46] “All our enemies
rail against us;
[47] panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and destruction;
[48] my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
[49] “My eyes will flow without ceasing,
without respite,
[50] until the LORD from heaven
looks down and sees;
[51] my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the maidens of my city.
[52] “I have been hunted like a bird
by those who were my enemies without cause;
[53] they flung me alive into the pit
and cast stones on me;
[54] water closed over my head;
I said, `I am lost.’
[55] “I called on thy name, O LORD,
from the depths of the pit;
[56] thou didst hear my plea, `Do not close
thine ear to my cry for help!’

I Timothy 5:17-21
[17] Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching;
[18] for the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”
[19] Never admit any charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
[20] As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
[21] 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.

Matthew 10:26-33
[26] “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
[27] What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops.
[28] 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.
[29] Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
[30] But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
[31] Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
[32] So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;
[33] but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

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