February 9th, 2019

Saturday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 6:1-13


Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

 1Then Job answered and said:
 2"Oh that my vexation were weighed,
   and all my calamity laid in the balances! 3For then it would be heavier than(A) the sand of the sea;
   therefore my words have been rash. 4For(B) the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
   my spirit drinks their poison;
   the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,
   or the ox low over his fodder? 6Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
   or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?[a] 7My appetite refuses to touch them;
   they are as food that is loathsome to me.[b]

 8"Oh that I might have my request,
   and that God would fulfill my hope, 9that it would(C) please God to crush me,
   that he would let loose his hand and cut me off! 10This would be my comfort;
   I would even exult[c] in pain(D) unsparing,
   for I have not denied the words of(E) the Holy One. 11What is my strength, that I should wait?
   And what is my end, that I should be patient? 12Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? 13Have I any help in me,
   when resource is driven from me?

Footnotes:Job 6:6 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain Job 6:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain Job 6:10 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Cross references:Job 6:3 : Prov 27:3 Job 6:4 : Psalm 38:2 Job 6:9 : 1 Kgs 19:4; Num 11:15 Job 6:10 : Isa 30:14 Job 6:10 : Lev 19:2; Isa 57:15; Hos 11:9


Second Reading: John 3:1-21


You Must Be Born Again

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named(A) Nicodemus,(B) a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus[a](C) by night and said to him,(D) "Rabbi,(E) we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do(F) unless God is with him." 3Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is(G) born(H) again[b] he cannot(I) see the kingdom of God." 4Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?" 5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born(J) of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6(K) That which is born of the flesh is(L) flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c] 7(M) Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You[d] must be born(N) again.' 8(O) The wind[e] blows(P) where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 9Nicodemus said to him,(Q) "How can these things be?" 10Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel(R) and yet you do not understand these things? 11Truly, truly, I say to you,(S) we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you[f] do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13(T) No one has(U) ascended into heaven except(V) he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.[g] 14And(W) as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man(X) be lifted up, 15that whoever believes(Y) in him(Z) may have eternal life.[h]

For God So Loved the World

 16"For(AA) God so loved(AB) the world,[i](AC) that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not(AD) perish but have eternal life. 17For(AE) God did not send his Son into the world(AF) to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18(AG) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not(AH) believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19(AI) And this is the judgment:(AJ) the light has come into the world, and(AK) people loved the darkness rather than the light because(AL) their works were evil. 20(AM) For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light,(AN) lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever(AO) does what is true(AP) comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."

Footnotes:John 3:2 Greek him John 3:3 Or from above; the Greek is purposely ambiguous and can mean both again and from above; also verse 7 John 3:6 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit John 3:7 The Greek for you is plural here John 3:8 The same Greek word means both wind and spirit John 3:11 The Greek for you is plural here; also four times in verse 12 John 3:13 Some manuscripts add who is in heaven John 3:15 Some interpreters hold that the quotation ends at verse 15 John 3:16 Or For this is how God loved the world
Cross references:John 3:1 : John 7:50; 19:39 John 3:1 : Luke 24:20 John 3:2 : John 12:42 John 3:2 : John 1:38 John 3:2 : John 9:29; Matt 22:16 John 3:2 : Acts 10:38; John 5:36; 9:33; Acts 2:22 John 3:3 : John 1:13 John 3:3 : 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15; 1 Pet 1:3, 23 John 3:3 : John 3:36 John 3:5 : Ezek 36:25-27; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Eph 5:26; Titus 3:5; Heb 10:22 John 3:6 : 1 Cor 15:50 John 3:6 : John 6:63 John 3:7 : John 5:28 John 3:7 : John 3:3 John 3:8 : Eccles 11:5; Ezek 37:9 John 3:8 : 1 Cor 12:11 John 3:9 : John 6:52, 60 John 3:10 : John 9:30 John 3:11 : John 3:32 John 3:13 : Prov 30:4; Acts 2:34; Eph 4:9 John 3:13 : John 7:34 John 3:13 : John 3:31; John 6:38, 42, 62; 1 Cor 15:47; Rom 10:6 John 3:14 : Num 21:9 John 3:14 : John 8:28; 12:32, 34 John 3:15 : John 15:4; 16:33; 1 John 5:12, 20 John 3:15 : John 3:36 John 3:16 : Rom 5:8; Eph 2:4; 2 Thess 2:16; 1 John 3:1; 4:9, 10 John 3:16 : John 1:29 John 3:16 : Rom 8:32 John 3:16 : John 10:28 John 3:17 : John 5:36, 38; 6:29, 57; 7:29; 8:42; 10:36; 11:42; 17:3; 20:21; Rom 8:3; 1 John 4:9, 10, 14 John 3:17 : John 5:45; 8:15; 12:47 John 3:18 : John 5:24; Mark 16:16 John 3:18 : 1 John 5:13 John 3:19 : John 9:39 John 3:19 : John 1:4, 5, 9 John 3:19 : Isa 30:10; Jer 5:31 John 3:19 : John 7:7 John 3:20 : Job 24:13; Rom 13:12; Eph 5:13 John 3:20 : Eph 5:11, 13 John 3:21 : 1 John 1:6 John 3:21 : Psalm 139:23, 24


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