February 5th, 2018

Jacob (Israel), Patriarch


First Reading: Job 2:1-3:10


Satan Attacks Job’s Health

 1 Again 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. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?”Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” 3 Then 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, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.” 4 So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” 6 And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” 7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes. 9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job’s Three Friends

    11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. 12 And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. 13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.

Job Deplores His Birth

 1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. 2 And Job spoke, and said:

 3 “May the day perish on which I was born,
      And the night in which it was said,
      ‘A male child is conceived.’

 4 May that day be darkness;
      May God above not seek it,
      Nor the light shine upon it.

 5 May darkness and the shadow of death claim it;
      May a cloud settle on it;
      May the blackness of the day terrify it.

 6 As for that night, may darkness seize it;
      May it not rejoice[a] among the days of the year,
      May it not come into the number of the months.

 7 Oh, may that night be barren!
      May no joyful shout come into it!

 8 May those curse it who curse the day,
      Those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.

 9 May the stars of its morning be dark;
      May it look for light, but have none,
      And not see the dawning of the day;

 10 Because it did not shut up the doors of my mother’s womb,
      Nor hide sorrow from my eyes.

Footnotes:Job 3:6 Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate read be joined.


Second Reading: John 1:19-34


A Voice in the Wilderness

    19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said: “I am
      ‘ The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
      “ Make straight the way of the LORD,”’[a]

   as the prophet Isaiah said.” 24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 27 It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” 28 These things were done in Bethabara[b] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

    29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.” 32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Footnotes:John 1:23 Isaiah 40:3 John 1:28 NU-Text and M-Text read Bethany.


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