February 8th, 2019

Friday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 5:1-27


God Is Just

    1"Call now, is there anyone who will answer you?
         And to which of the (A)holy ones will you turn?
    2"For (B)anger slays the foolish man,
         And jealousy kills the simple.
    3"I have seen the (C)foolish taking root,
         And I (D)cursed his abode immediately.
    4"His (E)sons are far from safety,
         They are even [a]oppressed in the gate,
         And there is no deliverer.
    5"His harvest the hungry devour
         And take it to a place of thorns,
         And the (F)schemer is eager for their wealth.
    6"For (G)affliction does not come from the dust,
         Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
    7For (H)man is born for trouble,
         As sparks fly upward.
    8"But as for me, I would (I)seek God,
         And I would place my cause before God;
    9Who (J)does great and unsearchable things,
         Wonders without number.
    10"He (K)gives rain on the earth
         And sends water on the fields,
    11So that (L)He sets on high those who are lowly,
         And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
    12"He (M)frustrates the plotting of the shrewd,
         So that their hands cannot attain success.
    13"He (N)captures the wise by their own shrewdness,
         And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.
    14"By day they (O)meet with darkness,
         And grope at noon as in the night.
    15"But He saves from (P)the sword of their mouth,
         And (Q)the poor from the hand of the mighty.
    16"So the helpless has hope,
         And (R)unrighteousness must shut its mouth.
    17"Behold, how (S)happy is the man whom God reproves,
         So do not despise the (T)discipline of the Almighty.
    18"For (U)He inflicts pain, and gives relief;
         He wounds, and His hands also heal.
    19"From six troubles (V)He will deliver you,
         Even in seven (W)evil will not touch you.
    20"In (X)famine He will redeem you from death,
         And (Y)in war from the power of the sword.
    21"You will be (Z)hidden from the scourge of the tongue,
         (AA)And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.
    22"You will (AB)laugh at violence and famine,
         (AC)And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.
    23"For you will be in league with the stones of the field,
         And (AD)the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.
    24"You will know that your (AE)tent is secure,
         For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.
    25"You will know also that your (AF)descendants will be many,
         And (AG)your offspring as the grass of the earth.
    26"You will (AH)come to the grave in full vigor,
         Like the stacking of grain in its season.
    27"Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is.
         Hear it, and know for yourself."

Footnotes:Job 5:4 Lit crushed
Cross references:Job 5:1 : Job 15:15 Job 5:2 : Prov 12:16; 27:3 Job 5:3 : Jer 12:2 Job 5:3 : Job 24:18; 31:30 Job 5:4 : Job 4:11 Job 5:5 : Job 18:8-10; 22:10 Job 5:6 : Job 15:35 Job 5:7 : Job 14:1 Job 5:8 : Job 13:2, 3; Ps 50:15 Job 5:9 : Job 9:10; 37:14, 16; 42:3 Job 5:10 : Job 36:27-29; 37:6-11; 38:26 Job 5:11 : Job 22:29; 36:7 Job 5:12 : Ps 33:10 Job 5:13 : Job 37:24; 1 Cor 3:19 Job 5:14 : Job 12:25; 15:30; 18:18; 20:26; 24:13 Job 5:15 : Job 4:10, 11; Ps 35:10 Job 5:15 : Job 29:17; 34:28; 36:6, 15; 38:15 Job 5:16 : Ps 107:42 Job 5:17 : Ps 94:12 Job 5:17 : Job 36:15, 16; Prov 3:11; Heb 12:5-11; James 1:12 Job 5:18 : Deut 32:39; 1 Sam 2:6; Is 30:26; Hos 6:1 Job 5:19 : Ps 34:19 Job 5:19 : Ps 91:10 Job 5:20 : Ps 33:19; 37:19 Job 5:20 : Ps 144:10 Job 5:21 : Job 5:15; Ps 31:20 Job 5:21 : Ps 91:5, 6 Job 5:22 : Job 8:21 Job 5:22 : Ps 91:13; Ezek 34:25; Hos 2:18 Job 5:23 : Is 11:6-9; 65:25 Job 5:24 : Job 8:6 Job 5:25 : Ps 112:2 Job 5:25 : Is 44:3, 4; 48:19 Job 5:26 : Job 42:17


Second Reading: John 2:13-25


First Passover--Cleansing the Temple

 13(A)The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus (B)went up to Jerusalem.

 14(C)And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.

 15And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;

 16and to those who were selling (D)the doves He said, "Take these things away; stop making (E)My Father's house a place of business."

 17His (F)disciples remembered that it was written, "(G)ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME."

 18(H)The Jews then said to Him, "(I)What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?"

 19Jesus answered them, "(J)Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

 20(K)The Jews then said, "It took (L)forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"

 21But He was speaking of (M)the temple of His body.

 22So when He was raised from the dead, His (N)disciples (O)remembered that He said this; and they believed (P)the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

 23Now when He was in Jerusalem at (Q)the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, (R)observing His signs which He was doing.

 24But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for (S)He knew all men,

 25and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, (T)for He Himself knew what was in man.

Cross references:John 2:13 : Deut 16:1-6; John 5:1; 6:4; 11:55 John 2:13 : Luke 2:41; John 2:23 John 2:14 : Matt 21:12-ff; Mark 11:15, 17; Luke 19:45; Mal 3:1-ff John 2:16 : Matt 21:12 John 2:16 : Luke 2:49 John 2:17 : John 2:2 John 2:17 : Ps 69:9 John 2:18 : John 1:19 John 2:18 : Matt 12:38 John 2:19 : Matt 26:61; 27:40; Mark 14:58; 15:29; Acts 6:14 John 2:20 : John 1:19 John 2:20 : Ezra 5:16 John 2:21 : 1 Cor 6:19 John 2:22 : John 2:2 John 2:22 : Luke 24:8; John 2:17; 12:16; 14:26 John 2:22 : Ps 16:10; Luke 24:26; John 20:9; Acts 13:33 John 2:23 : John 2:13 John 2:23 : John 2:11 John 2:24 : Acts 1:24; 15:8 John 2:25 : Matt 9:4; John 1:42, 47; 6:61, 64; 13:11


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