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February 7th, 2019

Thursday of Epiphany 4

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Job 4:1-21

Eliphaz: Innocent Do Not Suffer

 1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,
    2"If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient?
         But (A)who can refrain from speaking?
    3"Behold (B)you have admonished many,
         And you have strengthened weak hands.
    4"Your words have helped the tottering to stand,
         And you have strengthened feeble knees.
    5"But now it has come to you, and you (C)are impatient;
         It (D)touches you, and you are dismayed.
    6"Is not your [a](E)fear of God (F)your confidence,
         And the integrity of your ways your hope?
    7"Remember now, (G)who ever perished being innocent?
         Or where were the upright destroyed?
    8"According to what I have seen, (H)those who plow iniquity
         And those who sow trouble harvest it.
    9"By (I)the breath of God they perish,
         And (J)by the blast of His anger they come to an end.
    10"The (K)roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion,
         And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
    11"The (L)lion perishes for lack of prey,
         And the (M)whelps of the lioness are scattered.
    12"Now a word (N)was brought to me stealthily,
         And my ear received a (O)whisper of it.
    13"Amid disquieting (P)thoughts from the visions of the night,
         When deep sleep falls on men,
    14Dread came upon me, and trembling,
         And made all my bones shake.
    15"Then a [b]spirit passed by my face;
         The hair of my flesh bristled up.
    16"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance;
         A form was before my eyes;
         There was silence, then I heard a voice:
    17'Can (Q)mankind be just before God?
         Can a man be pure before his (R)Maker?
    18'(S)He puts no trust even in His servants;
         And against His angels He charges error.
    19'How much more those who dwell in (T)houses of clay,
         Whose (U)foundation is in the dust,
         Who are crushed before the moth!
    20'(V)Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces;
         Unobserved, they (W)perish forever.
    21'Is not their (X)tent-cord plucked up within them?
         They die, yet (Y)without wisdom.'


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Second Reading · John 2:1-12

Miracle at Cana

 1On (A)the third day there was a wedding in (B)Cana of Galilee, and the (C)mother of Jesus was there;

 2and both Jesus and His (D)disciples were invited to the wedding.

 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."

 4And Jesus said to her, "(E)Woman, (F)what does that have to do with us? (G)My hour has not yet come."

 5His (H)mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

 6Now there were six stone waterpots set there (I)for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.

 7Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." So they filled them up to the brim.

 8And He said to them, "Draw some out now and take it to the [a]headwaiter." So they took it to him.

 9When the headwaiter tasted the water (J)which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom,

 10and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people (K)have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now."

 11This beginning of His (L)signs Jesus did in Cana of (M)Galilee, and manifested His (N)glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

 12After this He went down to (O)Capernaum, He and His (P)mother and His (Q)brothers and His (R)disciples; and they stayed there a few days.


New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

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