THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 3 (JANUARY 21), 2015


Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone one.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

Venerable Maximus the Confessor (662).
Martyr Neophytus of Nicaea (305).
Martyrs Eugene, Candidus, Valerian, and Aquila at Trebizond (303).
Venerable Maximus the Greek of Russia (1556).
New Hieromartyr Elias priest (1938).
Virgin-martyr Agnes of Rome (304).
Martyr Anastasius, disciple of St. Maximus the Confessor (662).
Wonderworking Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Paramythia(Vatopedi, Mt. Athos).
Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos “Stabbed” (“Zaklannaya”) and“Xenophite Hodegetria”.
Venerable Neophytes of Vatopedi on Mt Athos

2 Peter 1:20-2:9

20

knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,

21

for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

1

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

2

And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

3

By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

4

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

5

and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;

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and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

7

and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked

8

(for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)-

9

then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

10

and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,

11

whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

12

But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption,

13

and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,

14

having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.

15

They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16

but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet.

17

These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

18

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.

19

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.

20

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.

21

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

22

But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

Mark 13:9-13

9

But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.

10

And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

11

But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

12

Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.

13

And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

14

So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

15

Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house.

16

And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

17

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

18

And pray that your flight may not be in winter.

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For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.

20

And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

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Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘Look, He is there!’ do not believe it.

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For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

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But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.

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