February 7th, 2019

Thursday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 4:1-21


Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper

 1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
 2"If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
   Yet who can keep from speaking? 3Behold, you have instructed many,
   and you have(A) strengthened the weak hands. 4Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
   and you have(B) made firm the feeble knees. 5But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
   it touches you, and you are dismayed. 6(C) Is not your fear of God[a] your(D) confidence,
   and the integrity of your ways your hope?

 7"Remember:(E) who that was innocent ever perished?
   Or where were the upright cut off? 8As I have seen, those who(F) plow iniquity
   and sow trouble reap the same. 9By(G) the breath of God they perish,
   and by(H) the blast of his anger they are consumed. 10The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,
   (I) the teeth of the young lions are broken. 11The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,
   and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

 12"Now a word was brought to me stealthily;
   my ear received(J) the whisper of it. 13Amid(K) thoughts from(L) visions of the night,
   when deep sleep falls on men, 14dread came upon me, and trembling,
   which made all my bones shake. 15A spirit glided past my face;
   the hair of my flesh stood up. 16It stood still,
   but I could not discern its appearance.(M) A form was before my eyes;
   there was silence, then I heard(N) a voice: 17(O) 'Can mortal man be in the right before[b] God?
   Can a man be pure before his Maker? 18Even in his servants(P) he puts no trust,
   and his angels he charges with error; 19how much more those who dwell in houses of(Q) clay,
   whose foundation is in(R) the dust,
   who are crushed like(S) the moth. 20Between(T) morning and evening they are beaten to pieces;
   they perish forever(U) without anyone regarding it. 21Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them,
   (V) do they not die, and that without wisdom?'

Footnotes:Job 4:6 Hebrew lacks of God Job 4:17 Or more than; twice in this verse
Cross references:Job 4:3 : Isa 35:3; Heb 12:12 Job 4:4 : Job 4:3 Job 4:6 : Job 1:1 Job 4:6 : Job 31:24; Prov 3:26 Job 4:7 : Psalm 37:25 Job 4:8 : Hos 10:13; Psalm 7:14; Prov 22:8; Gal 6:7, 8 Job 4:9 : Isa 30:33 Job 4:9 : Job 15:30; Exodus 15:8; Psalm 18:15; Isa 11:4; 2 Thess 2:8 Job 4:10 : Psalm 58:6; Job 29:17; Psalm 3:7 Job 4:12 : Job 26:14 Job 4:13 : Job 20:2 Job 4:13 : Job 33:15; Gen 2:21; 15:12; 1 Sam 26:12; Isa 29:10 Job 4:16 : Num 12:8 Job 4:16 : 1 Kgs 19:12 Job 4:17 : Job 9:2; 10:4; 25:4; 32:2 Job 4:18 : Job 15:15 Job 4:19 : Job 10:9; 13:12; 33:6; Isa 64:8; 2 Cor 4:7; 5:1 Job 4:19 : Gen 2:7; 3:19; 18:27 Job 4:19 : Job 13:28 Job 4:20 : Psalm 90:5, 6; Isa 38:12 Job 4:20 : Isa 42:25; 57:1 Job 4:21 : Job 36:12; Prov 5:23; 10:21; Hos 4:6


Second Reading: John 2:1-12


The Wedding at Cana

 1On(A) the third day there was a wedding at(B) Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus also was invited to the wedding with(C) his disciples. 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4And Jesus said to her, (D) "Woman,(E) what does this have to do with me?(F) My hour has not yet come." 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

 6Now there were six stone water jars there(G) for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty(H) gallons.[a] 7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. 8And he said to them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast." So they took it. 9When the master of the feast tasted(I) the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now." 11This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested(J) his glory. And(K) his disciples believed in him.

 12After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and(L) his brothers[b] and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

Footnotes:John 2:6 Greek two or three measures (metr&emacron;tas); a metr&emacron;t&emacron;s was about 10 gallons or 35 liters John 2:12 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
Cross references:John 2:1 : John 1:29, 35, 43 John 2:1 : John 4:46; 21:2 John 2:2 : John 1:40-49 John 2:4 : John 19:26 John 2:4 : 2 Sam 16:10 John 2:4 : John 7:30; 8:20; 13:1 John 2:6 : John 3:25; Mark 7:3, 4 John 2:6 : 2 Chr 4:5 (Gk) John 2:9 : John 4:46 John 2:11 : John 1:14 John 2:11 : John 2:2 John 2:12 : Matt 12:46


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