February 8th, 2019

Friday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 5:1-27


 1"Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?
   To which of(A) the holy ones will you turn? 2Surely vexation kills the fool,
   and jealousy slays the simple. 3(B) I have seen the fool taking root,
   but suddenly I cursed his dwelling. 4His children are(C) far from safety;
   they are crushed in(D) the gate,
   and there is no one to deliver them. 5The hungry eat his harvest,
   and he takes it even out of thorns,[a]
   and the thirsty pant[b] after his[c] wealth. 6For affliction does not come from the dust,
   nor does trouble sprout from the ground, 7but man is(E) born to trouble
   as the sparks fly upward.

 8"As for me, I would seek God,
   and to God would I commit my cause, 9who(F) does great things and(G) unsearchable,
   (H) marvelous things without number: 10he gives(I) rain on the earth
   and sends waters on the fields; 11he(J) sets on high those who are lowly,
   and those who mourn are lifted to safety. 12He(K) frustrates the devices of the crafty,
   so that their hands achieve no success. 13He(L) catches the wise in their own craftiness,
   and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end. 14They meet with darkness in the daytime
   and(M) grope at noonday as in the night. 15But he(N) saves the needy from the sword of their mouth
   and from the hand of the mighty. 16So the poor have hope,
   and(O) injustice shuts her mouth.

 17"Behold,(P) blessed is the one whom God reproves;
   therefore(Q) despise not the discipline of the(R) Almighty. 18For he wounds, but he(S) binds up;
   he(T) shatters, but his hands heal. 19He will(U) deliver you from six troubles;
   in seven no(V) evil[d] shall touch you. 20(W) In famine he will redeem you from death,
   and in war from the power of the sword. 21You shall be(X) hidden from the lash of the tongue,
   and shall not fear destruction when it comes. 22At destruction and famine you shall laugh,
   and shall not fear(Y) the beasts of the earth. 23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,
   and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 24You shall know that your(Z) tent is at peace,
   and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing. 25You shall know also that your(AA) offspring shall be many,
   and your descendants as(AB) the grass of the earth. 26You shall come to your grave in(AC) ripe old age,
   like a sheaf gathered up in its season. 27Behold, this we have(AD) searched out; it is true.
   Hear, and know it for your good."[e]

Footnotes:Job 5:5 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain Job 5:5 Aquila, Symmachus, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew could be read as and the snare pants Job 5:5 Hebrew their Job 5:19 Or disaster Job 5:27 Hebrew for yourself
Cross references:Job 5:1 : Job 15:15; Psalm 89:5, 7; Zech 14:5 Job 5:3 : Jer 12:2, 3; Psalm 37:35, 36; 73:18-20 Job 5:4 : Psalm 119:155 Job 5:4 : Job 29:7; Psalm 127:5; Prov 22:22; Josh 20:4; Amos 5:12; Ruth 4:1 Job 5:7 : Job 14:1; Gen 3:17-19; Eccles 2:23 Job 5:9 : Job 9:10; Job 37:5; Psalm 40:5; 72:18; Rom 11:33; Rev 15:3 Job 5:9 : Job 9:10; 11:7; 34:24 Job 5:9 : Job 10:16 Job 5:10 : Psalm 65:9, 10; 147:8; Jer 5:24; 14:22; Acts 14:17; Psalm 104:10, 13; Matt 5:45 Job 5:11 : 1 Sam 2:7; Psalm 113:7 Job 5:12 : Neh 4:15; Psalm 33:10; Isa 8:10 Job 5:13 : Cited 1 Cor 3:19; Psalm 9:15, 16 Job 5:14 : Job 12:25; Deut 28:29; Isa 59:10 Job 5:15 : Psalm 35:10 Job 5:16 : Psalm 107:42; Psalm 63:11 Job 5:17 : Psalm 94:12; James 1:12 Job 5:17 : Prov 3:11; Heb 12:5; Rev 3:19 Job 5:17 : Gen 17:1 Job 5:18 : Isa 30:26; 61:1; Hos 6:1 Job 5:18 : Deut 32:39 Job 5:19 : Psalm 34:19; 91:3; 1 Cor 10:13 Job 5:19 : Psalm 91:10 Job 5:20 : Psalm 33:19; 37:19 Job 5:21 : Psalm 31:20 Job 5:22 : Isa 11:8, 9; 35:9; 65:25; Ezek 34:25; Hos 2:18 Job 5:24 : Job 21:9 Job 5:25 : Job 21:8; Psalm 112:2 Job 5:25 : Psalm 72:16 Job 5:26 : Gen 15:15; 25:8; 35:29; Prov 9:11; 10:27 Job 5:27 : Psalm 111:2


Second Reading: John 2:13-25


Jesus Cleanses the Temple

 13(A) The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus(B) went up to Jerusalem. 14(C) In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; do not make(D) my Father’s house a house of trade." 17His disciples remembered that it was written,(E) "Zeal for your house will consume me."

 18So the Jews said to him,(F) "What sign do you show us for doing these things?" 19Jesus answered them, (G) "Destroy this temple, and in three days(H) I will raise it up." 20The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?" 21But he was speaking about(I) the temple of his body. 22When therefore he was raised from the dead,(J) his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed(K) the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Jesus Knows What Is in Man

 23Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name(L) when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24But Jesus(M) on his part did not entrust himself to them, because(N) he knew all people 25and needed no one to bear witness about man, for(O) he himself knew what was in man.

Cross references:John 2:13 : John 11:55; John 6:4 John 2:13 : John 2:23; Deut 16:1-6; Luke 2:41 John 2:14 : For John 2:14-17, Matt 21:12, 13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45, 46, with Mal 3:1-3 John 2:16 : John 14:2; Luke 2:49 John 2:17 : Psalm 69:9 John 2:18 : John 4:48; 6:30; Exodus 4:1, 8; 7:9; Matt 12:38 John 2:19 : Matt 26:61; 27:40; Mark 14:58; 15:29 John 2:19 : John 10:18 John 2:21 : John 1:14; 1 Cor 6:19; Col 2:9 John 2:22 : John 12:16; Luke 24:8 John 2:22 : John 20:9; Psalm 16:10 John 2:23 : John 11:45 John 2:24 : John 6:14, 15 John 2:24 : John 1:48; 5:42; 16:30; John 6:61, 64; Matt 9:4 John 2:25 : John 2:24


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