February 9th, 2018

Friday of Sexagesima


First Reading: Job 6:1-13


Job: My Complaint Is Just

 1 Then Job answered and said:

 2 “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed,
      And my calamity laid with it on the scales!

 3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea—
      Therefore my words have been rash.

 4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me;
      My spirit drinks in their poison;
      The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

 5 Does the wild donkey bray when it has grass,
      Or does the ox low over its fodder?

 6 Can flavorless food be eaten without salt?
      Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

 7 My soul refuses to touch them;
      They are as loathsome food to me.

 8 “Oh, that I might have my request,
      That God would grant me the thing that I long for!

 9 That it would please God to crush me,
      That He would loose His hand and cut me off!

 10 Then I would still have comfort;
      Though in anguish I would exult,
      He will not spare;
      For I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

 11 “What strength do I have, that I should hope?
      And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?

 12 Is my strength the strength of stones?
      Or is my flesh bronze?

 13 Is my help not within me?
      And is success driven from me?



Second Reading: John 3:1-21


The New Birth

 1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.[a] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[b] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Footnotes:John 3:13 NU-Text omits who is in heaven. John 3:15 NU-Text omits not perish but.


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