February 6th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 4

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Job 3:11-26

 11 “Why did I not die at birth?
      Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?

 12 Why did the knees receive me?
      Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?

 13 For now I would have lain still and been quiet,
      I would have been asleep;
      Then I would have been at rest

 14 With kings and counselors of the earth,
      Who built ruins for themselves,

 15 Or with princes who had gold,
      Who filled their houses with silver;

 16 Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child,
      Like infants who never saw light?

 17 There the wicked cease from troubling,
      And there the weary are at rest.

 18 There the prisoners rest together;
      They do not hear the voice of the oppressor.

 19 The small and great are there,
      And the servant is free from his master.

 20 “Why is light given to him who is in misery,
      And life to the bitter of soul,

 21 Who long for death, but it does not come,
      And search for it more than hidden treasures;

 22 Who rejoice exceedingly,
      And are glad when they can find the grave?

 23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden,
      And whom God has hedged in?

 24 For my sighing comes before I eat,[a]
      And my groanings pour out like water.

 25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me,
      And what I dreaded has happened to me.

 26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
      I have no rest, for trouble comes.”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · John 1:35-51

The First Disciples

    35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). 40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah.[a] You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

Philip and Nathanael

    43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[b] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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