Thirty-eighth Day of Zadeeg
I John 3:10-20
 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!
 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.
 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him;
 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, `I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
 And the Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, `Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
 “Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table’?
 Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink’?
 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?
 So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Sama’ria and Galilee.
 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance
 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”
 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.
 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;
 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.
 Then said Jesus, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
 After these days we made ready and went up to Jerusalem.
 And some of the disciples from Caesare’a went with us, bringing us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we should lodge.
 When we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
 On the following day Paul went in with us to James; and all the elders were present.
 After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
 And when they heard it, they glorified God. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed; they are all zealous for the law,
 and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or observe the customs.
 What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come.
 Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;
 take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you but that you yourself live in observance of the law.
 But as for the Gentiles who have believed, we have sent a letter with our judgment that they should abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from unchastity.”
 Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself with them and went into the temple, to give notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for every one of them.
I John 3:10-20
 By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother.
 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
 and not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous.
 Do not wonder, brethren, that the world hates you.
 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
 Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
 But if any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
 Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth.
 By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and reassure our hearts before him
 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
 It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem;
 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
 So the Jews gathered round him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me;
 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.
 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me;
 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
 I and the Father are one.”
 The Jews took up stones again to stone him.
 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?”
 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods’?
 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and scripture cannot be broken),
 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, `You are blaspheming,’ because I said, `I am the Son of God’?
 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;
 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”
 Again they tried to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John at first baptized, and there he remained.
 And many came to him; and they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.”
 And many believed in him there.
 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men,
 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.
 When they came to Caper’na-um, the collectors of the half-shekel tax went up to Peter and said, “Does not your teacher pay the tax?”
 He said, “Yes.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?”
 And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.
 However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”
 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,
 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
 Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me;
 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the man by whom the temptation comes!
 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.
 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.
 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it;
 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.
 And they came to Caper’na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”
 But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest.
 And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
 And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.”
 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.
 For he that is not against us is for us.
 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ, will by no means lose his reward.
 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.
 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell,
 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
 For every one will be salted with fire.
 Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its saltness, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
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