February 5th, 2018

Jacob (Israel), Patriarch


First Reading: Job 2:1-3:10


 1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

 2And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

 3And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

 4And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

 5But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

 6And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

 7So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

 8And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

 9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

 10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

 11Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

 12And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.

 13So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.

 1After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

 2And Job spake, and said,

 3Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

 4Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

 5Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

 6As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

 7Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

 8Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

 9Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:

 10Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.



Second Reading: John 1:19-34


 19And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

 20And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

 21And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

 22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

 24And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

 25And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

 26John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

 27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

 28These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

 29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 30This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

 31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

 32And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

 33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

 34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.



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