February 7th, 2019

Thursday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 4:1-21


 1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,

 2If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

 3Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.

 4Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

 5But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

 6Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

 7Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

 8Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

 9By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.

 10The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.

 11The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.

 12Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.

 13In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,

 14Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

 15Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

 16It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

 17Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

 18Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:

 19How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

 20They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.

 21Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.



Second Reading: John 2:1-12


 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

 4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

 5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

 6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

 11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

 12After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.



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