Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 7:1-14
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the
son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of
Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but
could not prevail against it.
And it was told to the house of David, saying, "Syria's forces
are deployed in Ephraim." So his heart and the heart of his people were
moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind.
Then the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out now to meet Ahaz, you
and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool,
on the highway to the Fuller's Field,
"and say to him: 'Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be
fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce
anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah.
'Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah have taken
evil counsel against you, saying,
"Let us go up against Judah and trouble it, and let us make a
gap in its wall for ourselves, and set a king over them, the son of Tabeel";
'thus says the Lord GOD: "It shall not stand, nor shall it
come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is
Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will be broken, so that it will not
be a people.
The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is
Remaliah's son. If you will not believe, surely you shall not be
established." ' "
Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
"Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it
either in the depth or in the height above."
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!"
Then he said, "Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small
thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold,
the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 5:32-6:8
And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem,
Ham, and Japheth.
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face
of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were
beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man
forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and
There were giants on the earth in those days, and also
afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they
bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and
He was grieved in His heart.
So the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created
from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of
the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 6:20-7:1
My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the
law of your mother.
Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your
When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they
will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light;
reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
to keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue
of a seductress.
Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her
allure you with her eyelids.
For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of
bread; and an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be
Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared?
So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever
touches her shall not be innocent.
People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy
himself when he is starving.
Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; he may
have to give up all the substance of his house.
Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
he who does so destroys his own soul.
Wounds and dishonor he will get, and his reproach will not
be wiped away.
For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not
spare in the day of vengeance.
He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased
though you give many gifts.
My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you.
Saints and Feasts
Sabine the Martyr of Egypt; Christodulus the Wonderworker of Patmos; Aristovoulos, Apostle of the 70; Julian the Martyr