The Holy Martyr Sabinus was administrator of the Egyptian city of Hermopolis. During a persecution of Christians under the emperor Diocletian, St. Sabinus and some like- minded companions hid in a remote village. His hiding place was revealed by a certain ungrateful beggar who had brought him food. The saint used to feed him and help him with money, but the man betrayed him for two pieces of gold. Sabinus was seized with six other Christians, and after torture, they were drowned in the Nile in 287.
The Holy Martyr Papas lived in the city of Laranda (Asia Minor) during the reign of Maximian (305-311). They arrested him for his belief in Christ. His feet were put into boots with sharp nails hammered into the soles, and made to walk. They took him to the city of Diocaesarea and later to Seleucia, Isauria to stand trial. St. Papas died bound to a barren tree, which then became fruitful.
O Lord our God, your holy martyrs have deserved the crown of immortality on account of their good fight. Armed with your strength, they have vanquished their persecutors and crushed Satan’s dreadful might. Through their supplications, O Christ our God, save our souls.
O God-bearing Sabinus, strong sprout of heaven, divine flower and fruitful branch, fill with joy those who venerate your memory and pray unceasingly for all of us.
These are the clans of Noah’s sons, according to their origins and by their nations. From these the nations of the earth branched out after the flood.
The whole world had the same language and the same words. When they were migrating from the east, they came to a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, “Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.” They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.”
The Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people had built. Then the Lord said: If now, while they are one people and all have the same language, they have started to do this, nothing they presume to do will be out of their reach. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that no one will understand the speech of another. So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the speech of all the world. From there the Lord scattered them over all the earth.
The light of the just gives joy, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
The stupid sow discord by their insolence, but wisdom is with those who take counsel.
Wealth won quickly dwindles away, but gathered little by little, it grows.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a wish fulfilled is a tree of life.
Whoever despises the word must pay for it, but whoever reveres the command will be rewarded.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning one from the snares of death.
Good sense brings favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin.
The shrewd always act prudently but the foolish parade folly.
A wicked messenger brings on disaster, but a trustworthy envoy is a healing remedy.
Poverty and shame befall those who let go of discipline, but those who hold on to reproof receive honor.
Desire fulfilled delights the soul, but turning from evil is an abomination to fools.
Walk with the wise and you become wise, but the companion of fools fares badly.
Misfortune pursues sinners, but the just shall be recompensed with good.
The good leave an inheritance to their children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the just.
The tillage of the poor yields abundant food, but possessions are swept away for lack of justice.
Whoever spares the rod hates the child, but whoever loves will apply discipline.
When the just eat, their hunger is appeased; but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
Wisdom builds her house, but Folly tears her down with her own hands.
Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord, but those who are devious in their ways spurn him.
In the mouth of the fool is a rod for pride, but the lips of the wise preserve them.
Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean; but abundant crops come through the strength of the bull.
A trustworthy witness does not lie, but one who spouts lies makes a lying witness.
The scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for the intelligent.
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