Eighteenth Day of Zadeeg
I Peter 3:1-9
 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and took his place at table.
 And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment,
 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
 Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”
 And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is it, Teacher?”
 “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
 When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?”
 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet.
 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.
 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?”
 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
 And on the following day they entered Caesare’a. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his kinsmen and close friends.
 When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.
 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”
 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered;
 and he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit any one of another nation; but God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
 So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”
 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was keeping the ninth hour of prayer in my house; and behold, a man stood before me in bright apparel,
 saying, `Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.
 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter; he is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the seaside.’
 So I sent to you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God, to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”
 And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality,
 but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
 You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),
 the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:
 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
 And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
 but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest;
 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
 And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
 To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
 While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.
 And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
 For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,
 “Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
I Peter 3:1-9
 Likewise you wives, be submissive to your husbands, so that some, though they do not obey the word, may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
 when they see your reverent and chaste behavior.
 Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing,
 but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
 So once the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves and were submissive to their husbands,
 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are now her children if you do right and let nothing terrify you.
 Likewise you husbands, live considerately with your wives, bestowing honor on the woman as the weaker sex, since you are joint heirs of the grace of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered.
 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind.
 Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.
 Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John
 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
 he left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
 He had to pass through Samar’ia.
 So he came to a city of Samar’ia, called Sy’char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
 Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
 There came a woman of Samar’ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samar’ia?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, `Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water?
 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?”
 Jesus said to her, “Every one who drinks of this water will thirst again,
 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, `I have no husband’;
 for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.”
 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.
 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.”
 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”
 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.”
 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
 As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him.
 And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”
 But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.”
 And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him.
 And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.”
 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
 And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
 Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
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