February 7th, 2019

Thursday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 4:1-21


Eliphaz

 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:

 2 "If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
       But who can keep from speaking?

 3 Think how you have instructed many,
       how you have strengthened feeble hands.

 4 Your words have supported those who stumbled;
       you have strengthened faltering knees.

 5 But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged;
       it strikes you, and you are dismayed.

 6 Should not your piety be your confidence
       and your blameless ways your hope?

 7 "Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
       Where were the upright ever destroyed?

 8 As I have observed, those who plow evil
       and those who sow trouble reap it.

 9 At the breath of God they are destroyed;
       at the blast of his anger they perish.

 10 The lions may roar and growl,
       yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.

 11 The lion perishes for lack of prey,
       and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

 12 "A word was secretly brought to me,
       my ears caught a whisper of it.

 13 Amid disquieting dreams in the night,
       when deep sleep falls on men,

 14 fear and trembling seized me
       and made all my bones shake.

 15 A spirit glided past my face,
       and the hair on my body stood on end.

 16 It stopped,
       but I could not tell what it was.
       A form stood before my eyes,
       and I heard a hushed voice:

 17 'Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
       Can a man be more pure than his Maker?

 18 If God places no trust in his servants,
       if he charges his angels with error,

 19 how much more those who live in houses of clay,
       whose foundations are in the dust,
       who are crushed more readily than a moth!

 20 Between dawn and dusk they are broken to pieces;
       unnoticed, they perish forever.

 21 Are not the cords of their tent pulled up,
       so that they die without wisdom?' [a]

Footnotes:Job 4:21 Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 17.


Second Reading: John 2:1-12


Jesus Changes Water to Wine

 1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

 4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."

 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

 6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[a]

 7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.

 8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

   They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

 11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

Jesus Clears the Temple

 12After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

Footnotes:John 2:6 Greek two to three metretes (probably about 75 to 115 liters)


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