February 6th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 3:11-26


 11"Why(A) did I not die at birth,
   come out from the womb and expire? 12Why did(B) the knees receive me?
   Or why the breasts, that I should nurse? 13For then I would have lain down and been quiet;
   I would have slept; then I would have been at rest, 14with kings and counselors of the earth
   who(C) rebuilt ruins for themselves, 15or with princes who had gold,
   who filled their houses with silver. 16Or why was I not as a hidden(D) stillborn child,
   as infants who never see the light? 17There the wicked cease from troubling,
   and there the weary are at(E) rest. 18There the prisoners are at ease together;
   they hear not the voice of(F) the taskmaster. 19The small and the great are there,
   and the slave is free from his master.

 20"Why is light given to him who is in misery,
   and life to(G) the bitter in soul, 21who(H) long for death, but it comes not,
   and dig for it more than for(I) hidden treasures, 22who rejoice exceedingly
   and are glad when they find the grave? 23Why is light given to a man whose(J) way is hidden,
   whom God has(K) hedged in? 24For my sighing comes(L) instead of[a] my bread,
   and my(M) groanings are poured out like water. 25(N) For the thing that I fear comes upon me,
   and what I dread befalls me. 26I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
   I have no rest, but trouble comes."

Footnotes:Job 3:24 Or like; Hebrew before
Cross references:Job 3:11 : Job 10:18, 19 Job 3:12 : Gen 30:3; 50:23; Isa 66:12 Job 3:14 : Isa 58:12 Job 3:16 : Psalm 58:8; Eccles 6:3; 1 Cor 15:8 Job 3:17 : Job 17:16 Job 3:18 : Exodus 3:7 Job 3:20 : Prov 31:6 Job 3:21 : Rev 9:6 Job 3:21 : Prov 2:4 Job 3:23 : Isa 40:27 Job 3:23 : Job 1:10; Job 19:8 Job 3:24 : Psalm 42:3; 80:5; 102:9 Job 3:24 : Psalm 22:1; 38:8 Job 3:25 : Prov 10:24


Second Reading: John 1:35-51


Jesus Calls the First Disciples

 35The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold,(A) the Lamb of God!" 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, (B) "What are you seeking?" And they said to him,(C) "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" 39He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[a] 40(D) One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[b] was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found(E) the Messiah" (which means Christ). 42He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "So you are Simon the son of(F) John? You shall be called(G) Cephas" (which means(H) Peter[c]).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

 43(I) The next day Jesus decided(J) to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." 44Now(K) Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found(L) Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom(M) Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus(N) of Nazareth,(O) the son of Joseph." 46Nathanael said to him,(P) "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold,(Q) an Israelite indeed,(R) in whom there is no deceit!" 48Nathanael said to him, "How(S) do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49Nathanael answered him,(T) "Rabbi,(U) you are the Son of God! You are the(V) King of Israel!" 50Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these." 51And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you,[d] you will see(W) heaven opened, and(X) the angels of God ascending and descending on(Y) the Son of Man."

Footnotes:John 1:39 That is, about 4 p.m. John 1:40 Greek him John 1:42 Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively John 1:51 The Greek for you is plural; twice in this verse
Cross references:John 1:36 : John 1:29 John 1:38 : John 18:4, 7; 20:15 John 1:38 : John 1:49; John 3:2, 26; 6:25; John 20:16; Mark 10:51 John 1:40 : For John 1:40-42, Matt 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:2-11 John 1:41 : John 4:25 John 1:42 : John 21:15-17 John 1:42 : 1 Cor 1:12; 3:22 John 1:42 : Matt 16:18 John 1:43 : John 1:35; John 2:1 John 1:43 : John 1:28 John 1:44 : John 12:21 John 1:45 : John 21:2 John 1:45 : Luke 16:16; 24:27 John 1:45 : Matt 2:23 John 1:45 : John 6:42; Luke 3:23 John 1:46 : John 7:41, 52 John 1:47 : Psalm 73:1; Rom 9:4, 6 John 1:47 : Psalm 32:2; Zeph 3:13; Rev 14:5 John 1:48 : John 2:24, 25 John 1:49 : John 1:38 John 1:49 : John 6:69; 11:27; 20:28 John 1:49 : John 12:13; Zeph 3:15; Matt 27:11, 42; Zech 9:9 John 1:51 : Ezek 1:1; Matt 3:16; Luke 3:21 John 1:51 : Gen 28:12 John 1:51 : Dan 7:13


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