February 9th, 2019

Saturday of Epiphany 4


First Reading: Job 6:1-13


Job's Friends Are No Help

 1Then Job answered,
    2"(A)Oh that my grief were actually weighed
         And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
    3"For then it would be (B)heavier than the sand of the seas;
         Therefore my words have been rash.
    4"For the (C)arrows of the Almighty are within me,
         Their (D)poison my spirit drinks;
         The (E)terrors of God are arrayed against me.
    5"Does the (F)wild donkey bray over his grass,
         Or does the ox low over his fodder?
    6"Can something tasteless be eaten without salt,
         Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
    7"My soul (G)refuses to touch them;
         They are like loathsome food to me.
    8"Oh that my request might come to pass,
         And that God would grant my longing!
    9"Would that God were (H)willing to crush me,
         That He would loose His hand and cut me off!
    10"But it is still my consolation,
         And I rejoice in unsparing pain,
         That I (I)have not denied the words of the Holy One.
    11"What is my strength, that I should wait?
         And what is my end, that I should (J)endure?
    12"Is my strength the strength of stones,
         Or is my flesh bronze?
    13"Is it that my (K)help is not within me,
         And that (L)deliverance is driven from me?

Cross references:Job 6:2 : Job 31:6 Job 6:3 : Job 23:2 Job 6:4 : Job 16:13; Ps 38:2 Job 6:4 : Job 20:16; 21:20 Job 6:4 : Job 30:15 Job 6:5 : Job 39:5-8 Job 6:7 : Job 3:24; 33:20 Job 6:9 : Num 11:15; 1 Kin 19:4; Job 7:16; 9:21; 10:1 Job 6:10 : Job 22:22; 23:11, 12 Job 6:11 : Job 21:4 Job 6:13 : Job 26:2 Job 6:13 : Job 26:3


Second Reading: John 3:1-21


The New Birth

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named (A)Nicodemus, a (B)ruler of the Jews;

 2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "(C)Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these (D)signs that You do unless (E)God is with him."

 3Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one (F)is born again he cannot see (G)the kingdom of God."

 4Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?"

 5Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of (H)water and the Spirit he cannot enter into (I)the kingdom of God.

 6"(J)That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 7"Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'

 8"(K)The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

 9Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?"

 10Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you (L)the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?

 11"Truly, truly, I say to you, (M)we speak of what we know and (N)testify of what we have seen, and (O)you do not accept our testimony.

 12"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

 13"(P)No one has ascended into heaven, but (Q)He who descended from heaven: (R)the Son of Man.

 14"As (S)Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must (T)the Son of Man (U)be lifted up;

 15so that whoever [a]believes will (V)in Him have eternal life.

 16"For God so (W)loved the world, that He (X)gave His (Y)only begotten Son, that whoever (Z)believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

 17"For God (AA)did not send the Son into the world (AB)to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

 18"(AC)He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of (AD)the only begotten Son of God.

 19"This is the judgment, that (AE)the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for (AF)their deeds were evil.

 20"(AG)For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.

 21"But he who (AH)practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

Footnotes:John 3:15 Or believes in Him will have eternal life
Cross references:John 3:1 : John 7:50; 19:39 John 3:1 : Luke 23:13; John 7:26, 48 John 3:2 : Matt 23:7; John 3:26 John 3:2 : John 2:11 John 3:2 : John 9:33; 10:38; 14:10; Acts 2:22; 10:38 John 3:3 : 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Pet 1:23 John 3:3 : Matt 19:24; 21:31; Mark 9:47; 10:14; John 3:5 John 3:5 : Ezek 36:25-27; Eph 5:26; Titus 3:5 John 3:5 : Matt 19:24; 21:31; Mark 9:47; 10:14; John 3:3 John 3:6 : John 1:13; 1 Cor 15:50 John 3:8 : Ps 135:7; Eccl 11:5; Ezek 37:9 John 3:10 : Luke 2:46; 5:17; Acts 5:34 John 3:11 : John 1:18; 7:16; 8:26, 28; 12:49; 14:24 John 3:11 : John 3:32 John 3:11 : John 3:32 John 3:13 : Deut 30:12; Prov 30:4; Acts 2:34; Rom 10:6; Eph 4:9 John 3:13 : John 3:31; 6:38, 42 John 3:13 : Matt 8:20 John 3:14 : Num 21:9 John 3:14 : Matt 8:20 John 3:14 : John 8:28; 12:34 John 3:15 : John 20:31; 1 John 5:11-13 John 3:16 : Rom 5:8; Eph 2:4; 2 Thess 2:16; 1 John 4:10; Rev 1:5 John 3:16 : Rom 8:32; 1 John 4:9 John 3:16 : John 1:18; 3:18; 1 John 4:9 John 3:16 : John 3:36; 6:40; 11:25 John 3:17 : John 3:34; 5:36, 38; 6:29, 38, 57; 7:29; 8:42; 10:36; 11:42; 17:3, 8, 18, 21, 23, 25; 20:21 John 3:17 : Luke 19:10; John 8:15; 12:47; 1 John 4:14 John 3:18 : Mark 16:16; John 5:24 John 3:18 : John 1:18; 1 John 4:9 John 3:19 : John 1:4; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46 John 3:19 : John 7:7 John 3:20 : John 3:20, 21; Eph 5:11, 13 John 3:21 : 1 John 1:6


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