February 5th, 2018

Jacob (Israel), Patriarch


First Reading: Job 2:1-3:10


Satan Attacks Job’s Health

 1Again(A) there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD. 2And the LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it." 3And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still(B) holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him(C) without reason." 4Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. 5But(D) stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will(E) curse you to your face." 6And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, he is in your hand; only spare his life."

 7So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with loathsome(F) sores from(G) the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8And he took(H) a piece of broken pottery with which to scrape himself while he sat in(I) the ashes.

 9Then his wife said to him, "Do you still(J) hold fast your integrity?(K) Curse God and die." 10But he said to her, "You speak as one of the(L) foolish women would speak.(M) Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?"[a](N) In all this Job did not(O) sin with his lips.

Job’s Three Friends

 11Now when Job’s three(P) friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz(Q) the Temanite, Bildad(R) the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to(S) show him sympathy and comfort him. 12And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they(T) tore their robes and sprinkled(U) dust on their heads toward heaven. 13And they sat with him on the ground(V) seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

Job Laments His Birth

 1After this Job(W) opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2And Job said:
 3(X) "Let the day perish on which I was born,
   and the night that said,
   'A man is conceived.' 4Let that day be darkness!
   May God above not seek it,
   nor light shine upon it. 5Let gloom and(Y) deep darkness claim it.
   Let clouds dwell upon it;
   let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6That night—let thick darkness seize it!
   Let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
   let it not come into the number of the months. 7Behold, let that night be barren;
   let no joyful cry enter it. 8Let those curse it who curse the day,
   who are ready to rouse up(Z) Leviathan. 9Let the stars of its dawn be dark;
   let it hope for light, but have none,
   nor see(AA) the eyelids of the morning, 10because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb,
   nor hide trouble from my eyes.

Footnotes:Job 2:10 Or disaster; also verse 11
Cross references:Job 2:1 : Job 1:6 Job 2:3 : Job 2:9; Job 27:5, 6 Job 2:3 : Job 9:17 Job 2:5 : Job 1:11 Job 2:5 : Job 1:5 Job 2:7 : Exodus 9:9; Lev 13:18; Deut 28:27 Job 2:7 : Deut 28:35; Isa 1:6 Job 2:8 : Job 41:30 Job 2:8 : Job 42:6; Ezek 27:30; Jonah 3:6; Matt 11:21 Job 2:9 : Job 2:3 Job 2:9 : Job 2:5 Job 2:10 : Psalm 74:18, 22 Job 2:10 : James 5:10, 11 Job 2:10 : Job 1:22 Job 2:10 : Psalm 39:1 Job 2:11 : Prov 17:17 Job 2:11 : 1 Chr 1:45 Job 2:11 : Gen 25:2; 1 Chr 1:32 Job 2:11 : Job 42:11; Rom 12:15 Job 2:12 : Gen 37:29 Job 2:12 : Josh 7:6; Neh 9:1; Lam 2:10; Ezek 27:30 Job 2:13 : Ezek 3:15; Gen 50:10 Job 3:1 : Job 33:2; Psalm 78:2 Job 3:3 : Job 10:18, 19; Jer 20:14-18 Job 3:5 : Job 10:21, 22; 12:22; 24:17; 28:3; 34:22; 38:17; Psalm 23:4; Isa 9:2; Matt 4:16 Job 3:8 : Job 41:1 Job 3:9 : Job 41:18


Second Reading: John 1:19-34


The Testimony of John the Baptist

 19And this is the(A) testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,(B) "Who are you?" 20(C) He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." 21And they asked him, "What then?(D) Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you(E) the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." 22So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" 23He said, "I am(F) the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight[a] the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."

 24(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25They asked him,(G) "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?" 26John answered them,(H) "I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27even(I) he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." 28These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Behold, the Lamb of God

 29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold,(J) the Lamb of God, who(K) takes away the sin(L) of the world! 30This is he of whom I said,(M) 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.' 31I myself did not know him, but(N) for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel." 32And John(O) bore witness:(P) "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and(Q) it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but(R) he who sent me to baptize(S) with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain,(T) this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."

Footnotes:John 1:23 Or crying out, &lquot;In the wilderness make straight
Cross references:John 1:19 : John 3:26 John 1:19 : John 8:25 John 1:20 : John 1:8; John 3:28; Acts 13:25; Luke 3:15 John 1:21 : Matt 11:14; 16:14 John 1:21 : Deut 18:15, 18 John 1:23 : Isa 40:3; Matt 3:3 John 1:25 : Matt 3:6; Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3, 7 John 1:26 : Matt 3:11; Mark 1:7, 8; Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5; 13:25 John 1:27 : John 1:15, 30 John 1:29 : John 1:36; Exodus 12:3; Isa 53:7; Acts 8:32; 1 Pet 1:19; Gen 22:8; Rev 5:6 John 1:29 : 1 John 3:5; Heb 10:4, 11 John 1:29 : John 3:16, 17; 4:42; 12:47; 1 John 2:2; 4:14 John 1:30 : John 1:15, 27 John 1:31 : Luke 1:17, 76, 77 John 1:32 : John 1:7 John 1:32 : Matt 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22 John 1:32 : Isa 11:2; Acts 10:38 John 1:33 : John 1:6; Luke 3:2 John 1:33 : John 3:5 John 1:33 : Matt 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5


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