February 9th, 2019

Saturday of Epiphany 4

First Reading: Job 6:1-13


 1 Then Job replied:

 2 "If only my anguish could be weighed
       and all my misery be placed on the scales!

 3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—
       no wonder my words have been impetuous.

 4 The arrows of the Almighty are in me,
       my spirit drinks in their poison;
       God's terrors are marshaled against me.

 5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass,
       or an ox bellow when it has fodder?

 6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
       or is there flavor in the white of an egg [a] ?

 7 I refuse to touch it;
       such food makes me ill.

 8 "Oh, that I might have my request,
       that God would grant what I hope for,

 9 that God would be willing to crush me,
       to let loose his hand and cut me off!

 10 Then I would still have this consolation—
       my joy in unrelenting pain—
       that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

 11 "What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
       What prospects, that I should be patient?

 12 Do I have the strength of stone?
       Is my flesh bronze?

 13 Do I have any power to help myself,
       now that success has been driven from me?

Footnotes:Job 6:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.

Second Reading: John 3:1-21

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."

 3In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.[a]"

 4"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"

 5Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You[c] must be born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

 9"How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.

 10"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? 11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[d] 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.[e]

 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.[g] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."[h]

Footnotes:John 3:3 Or born from above; also in verse 7 John 3:6 Or but spirit John 3:7 The Greek is plural. John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven John 3:15 Or believes may have eternal life in him John 3:16 Or his only begotten Son John 3:18 Or God's only begotten Son John 3:21 Some interpreters end the quotation after verse 15.


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