A Reading from Epistle 2 of St. Peter .
May his blessing be upon us.
2 Peter 1 : 19 - 2 : 8
|19||And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;|
|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;|
|6||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)--|
Do not love the world or the things in the world.
The world passes away, and its desires; but he who does the will of God abides forever.