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Sunday Scripture Readings 2/4/18

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Sunday Scripture Readings 2/4/18

Sunday Scripture Readings 2/4/18

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Presentation of Our Lord Jesus in the Temple

1st. Reading: Acts 18: 1- 11

 1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth.

2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. 

3 So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. 

4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. 

5 When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. 

6 But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 

7 And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 

8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized. 

9 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent;

10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” 

11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

2nd. Reading: 2 Timothy 2: 15-26

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 

17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 

18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 

19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 

21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 

22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 

23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 

24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 

25in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 

26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

Gospel: Luke 2: 22-40

22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 

23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 

24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 

26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 

28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 

30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation

31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 

32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” 

33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 

34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against

35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” 

36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 

37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 

38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 

39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 

40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.


تقديم الرب الى الهيكل

القرائة الأولى : اعمال 18 : 1-11

1 وَبَعْدَ هذَا مَضَى بُولُسُ مِنْ أَثِينَا وَجَاءَ إِلَى كُورِنْثُوسَ،

2 فَوَجَدَ يَهُودِيًّا اسْمُهُ أَكِيلاَ، بُنْطِيَّ الْجِنْسِ، كَانَ قَدْ جَاءَ حَدِيثًا مِنْ إِيطَالِيَة، وَبِرِيسْكِلاَّ امْرَأَتَهُ، لأَنَّ كُلُودِيُوسَ كَانَ قَدْ أَمَرَ أَنْ يَمْضِيَ جَمِيعُ الْيَهُودِ مِنْ رُومِيَةَ، فَجَاءَ إِلَيْهِمَا.

3 وَلِكَوْنِهِ مِنْ صِنَاعَتِهِمَا أَقَامَ عِنْدَهُمَا وَكَانَ يَعْمَلُ، لأَنَّهُمَا كَانَا فِي صِنَاعَتِهِمَا خِيَامِيَّيْنِ.

4 وَكَانَ يُحَاجُّ فِي الْمَجْمَعِ كُلَّ سَبْتٍ وَيُقْنِعُ يَهُودًا وَيُونَانِيِّينَ.

5 وَلَمَّا انْحَدَرَ سِيلاَ وَتِيمُوثَاوُسُ مِنْ مَكِدُونِيَّةَ، كَانَ بُولُسُ مُنْحَصِرًا بِالرُّوحِ وَهُوَ يَشْهَدُ لِلْيَهُودِ بِالْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ.

6 وَإِذْ كَانُوا يُقَاوِمُونَ وَيُجَدِّفُونَ نَفَضَ ثِيَابَهُ وَقَالَ لَهُمْ: «دَمُكُمْ عَلَى رُؤُوسِكُمْ! أَنَا بَرِيءٌ. مِنَ الآنَ أَذْهَبُ إِلَى الأُمَمِ».

7 فَانْتَقَلَ مِنْ هُنَاكَ وَجَاءَ إِلَى بَيْتِ رَجُل اسْمُهُ يُوسْتُسُ، كَانَ مُتَعَبِّدًا للهِ، وَكَانَ بَيْتُهُ مُلاَصِقًا لِلْمَجْمَعِ.

8 وَكِرِيسْبُسُ رَئِيسُ الْمَجْمَعِ آمَنَ بِالرَّبِّ مَعَ جَمِيعِ بَيْتِهِ، وَكَثِيرُونَ مِنَ الْكُورِنْثِيِّينَ إِذْ سَمِعُوا آمَنُوا وَاعْتَمَدُوا.

9 فَقَالَ الرَّبُّ لِبُولُسَ بِرُؤْيَا فِي اللَّيْلِ: «لاَ تَخَفْ، بَلْ تَكَلَّمْ وَلاَ تَسْكُتْ،

10 لأَنِّي أَنَا مَعَكَ، وَلاَ يَقَعُ بِكَ أَحَدٌ لِيُؤْذِيَكَ، لأَنَّ لِي شَعْبًا كَثِيرًا فِي هذِهِ الْمَدِينَةِ».

11 فَأَقَامَ سَنَةً وَسِتَّةَ أَشْهُرٍ يُعَلِّمُ بَيْنَهُمْ بِكَلِمَةِ اللهِ.

القرائة الثانية : 2 تيموثاوس 2: 15-26

15 اجْتَهِدْ أَنْ تُقِيمَ نَفْسَكَ للهِ مُزَكُى، عَامِلاً لاَ يُخْزَى، مُفَصِّلاً كَلِمَةَ الْحَقِّ بِالاسْتِقَامَةِ.

16 وَأَمَّا الأَقْوَالُ الْبَاطِلَةُ الدَّنِسَةُ فَاجْتَنِبْهَا، لأَنَّهُمْ يَتَقَدَّمُونَ إِلَى أَكْثَرِ فُجُورٍ،

17 وَكَلِمَتُهُمْ تَرْعَى كَآكِلَةٍ. الَّذِينَ مِنْهُمْ هِيمِينَايُسُ وَفِيلِيتُسُ،

18 اللَّذَانِ زَاغَا عَنِ الْحَقِّ، قَائِلَيْنِ: «إِنَّ الْقِيَامَةَ قَدْ صَارَتْ» فَيَقْلِبَانِ إِيمَانَ قَوْمٍ.

19 وَلكِنَّ أَسَاسَ اللهِ الرَّاسِخَ قَدْ ثَبَتَ، إِذْ لَهُ هذَا الْخَتْمُ: «يَعْلَمُ الرَّبُّ الَّذِينَ هُمْ لَهُ». وَ«لْيَتَجَنَّبِ الإِثْمَ كُلُّ مَنْ يُسَمِّي اسْمَ الْمَسِيحِ».

20 وَلكِنْ فِي بَيْتٍ كَبِيرٍ لَيْسَ آنِيَةٌ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ وَفِضَّةٍ فَقَطْ، بَلْ مِنْ خَشَبٍ وَخَزَفٍ أَيْضًا، وَتِلْكَ لِلْكَرَامَةِ وَهذِهِ لِلْهَوَانِ.

21 فَإِنْ طَهَّرَ أَحَدٌ نَفْسَهُ مِنْ هذِهِ، يَكُونُ إِنَاءً لِلْكَرَامَةِ، مُقَدَّسًا، نَافِعًا لِلسَّيِّدِ، مُسْتَعَدًّا لِكُلِّ عَمَل صَالِحٍ.

22 أَمَّا الشَّهَوَاتُ الشَّبَابِيَّةُ فَاهْرُبْ مِنْهَا، وَاتْبَعِ الْبِرَّ وَالإِيمَانَ وَالْمَحَبَّةَ وَالسَّلاَمَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ الرَّبَّ مِنْ قَلْبٍ نَقِيٍّ.

23 وَالْمُبَاحَثَاتُ الْغَبِيَّةُ وَالسَّخِيفَةُ اجْتَنِبْهَا، عَالِمًا أَنَّهَا تُوَلِّدُ خُصُومَاتٍ،

24 وَعَبْدُ الرَّبِّ لاَ يَجِبُ أَنْ يُخَاصِمَ، بَلْ يَكُونُ مُتَرَفِّقًا بِالْجَمِيعِ، صَالِحًا لِلتَّعْلِيمِ، صَبُورًا عَلَى الْمَشَقَّاتِ،

25 مُؤَدِّبًا بِالْوَدَاعَةِ الْمُقَاوِمِينَ، عَسَى أَنْ يُعْطِيَهُمُ اللهُ تَوْبَةً لِمَعْرِفَةِ الْحَقِّ،

26 فَيَسْتَفِيقُوا مِنْ فَخِّ إِبْلِيسَ إِذْ قَدِ اقْتَنَصَهُمْ لإِرَادَتِهِ.

قرائة الأنجيل: لوقا 2: 22-40

 22 وَلَمَّا تَمَّتْ أَيَّامُ تَطْهِيرِهَا، حَسَبَ شَرِيعَةِ مُوسَى، صَعِدُوا بِهِ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ لِيُقَدِّمُوهُ لِلرَّبِّ،

23 كَمَا هُوَ مَكْتُوبٌ فِي نَامُوسِ الرَّبِّ: أَنَّ كُلَّ ذَكَرٍ فَاتِحَ رَحِمٍ يُدْعَى قُدُّوسًا لِلرَّبِّ.

24 وَلِكَيْ يُقَدِّمُوا ذَبِيحَةً كَمَا قِيلَ فِي نَامُوسِ الرَّبِّ: زَوْجَ يَمَامٍ أَوْ فَرْخَيْ حَمَامٍ.

25 وَكَانَ رَجُلٌ فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ اسْمُهُ سِمْعَانُ، وَهَذَا الرَّجُلُ كَانَ بَارًّا تَقِيًّا يَنْتَظِرُ تَعْزِيَةَ إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَالرُّوحُ الْقُدُسُ كَانَ عَلَيْهِ.

26 وَكَانَ قَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْهِ بِالرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ أَنَّهُ لاَ يَرَى الْمَوْتَ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَرَى مَسِيحَ الرَّبِّ.

27 فَأَتَى بِالرُّوحِ إِلَى الْهَيْكَلِ. وَعِنْدَمَا دَخَلَ بِالصَّبِيِّ يَسُوعَ أَبَوَاهُ، لِيَصْنَعَا لَهُ حَسَبَ عَادَةِ النَّامُوسِ،

28 أَخَذَهُ عَلَى ذِرَاعَيْهِ وَبَارَكَ اللهَ وَقَالَ:

29 «الآنَ تُطْلِقُ عَبْدَكَ يَا سَيِّدُ حَسَبَ قَوْلِكَ بِسَلاَمٍ،

30 لأَنَّ عَيْنَيَّ قَدْ أَبْصَرَتَا خَلاَصَكَ،

31 الَّذِي أَعْدَدْتَهُ قُدَّامَ وَجْهِ جَمِيعِ الشُّعُوبِ.

32 نُورَ إِعْلاَنٍ لِلأُمَمِ، وَمَجْدًا لِشَعْبِكَ إِسْرَائِيلَ».

33 وَكَانَ يُوسُفُ وَأُمُّهُ يَتَعَجَّبَانِ مِمَّا قِيلَ فِيهِ.

34 وَبَارَكَهُمَا سِمْعَانُ، وَقَالَ لِمَرْيَمَ أُمِّهِ: «هَا إِنَّ هذَا قَدْ وُضِعَ لِسُقُوطِ وَقِيَامِ كَثِيرِينَ فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَلِعَلاَمَةٍ تُقَاوَمُ.

35 وَأَنْتِ أَيْضًا يَجُوزُ فِي نَفْسِكِ سَيْفٌ، لِتُعْلَنَ أَفْكَارٌ مِنْ قُلُوبٍ كَثِيرَةٍ».

36 وَكَانَتْ نَبِيَّةٌ، حَنَّةُ بِنْتُ فَنُوئِيلَ مِنْ سِبْطِ أَشِيرَ، وَهِيَ مُتَقدِّمَةٌ فِي أَيَّامٍ كَثِيرَةٍ، قَدْ عَاشَتْ مَعَ زَوْجٍ سَبْعَ سِنِينَ بَعْدَ بُكُورِيَّتِهَا.

37 وَهِيَ أَرْمَلَةٌ نَحْوَ أَرْبَعٍ وَثَمَانِينَ سَنَةً، لاَ تُفَارِقُ الْهَيْكَلَ، عَابِدَةً بِأَصْوَامٍ وَطَلِبَاتٍ لَيْلاً وَنَهَارًا.

38 فَهِيَ فِي تِلْكَ السَّاعَةِ وَقَفَتْ تُسَبِّحُ الرَّبَّ، وَتَكَلَّمَتْ عَنْهُ مَعَ جَمِيعِ الْمُنْتَظِرِينَ فِدَاءً فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ.

39 وَلَمَّا أَكْمَلُوا كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَسَبَ نَامُوسِ الرَّبِّ، رَجَعُوا إِلَى الْجَلِيلِ إِلَى مَدِينَتِهِمُ النَّاصِرَةِ.

40 وَكَانَ الصَّبِيُّ يَنْمُو وَيَتَقَوَّى بِالرُّوحِ، مُمْتَلِئًا حِكْمَةً، وَكَانَتْ نِعْمَةُ اللهِ عَلَيْهِ.

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