February 14th, 2019

Valentine, Martyr


First Reading: Job 10:1-22


Job Continues: A Plea to God

 1"I(A) loathe my life;I will give free utterance to my(B) complaint;
   I will speak in(C) the bitterness of my soul. 2I will say to God, Do not(D) condemn me;
   let me know why you(E) contend against me. 3(F) Does it seem good to you to oppress,
   to despise(G) the work of your hands
   (H) and favor the designs of the wicked? 4Have you(I) eyes of flesh?
   (J) Do you see as man sees? 5Are your days as the days of man,
   or your(K) years as a man’s years, 6that you(L) seek out my iniquity
   and search for my sin, 7although you(M) know that I am not guilty,
   and there is(N) none to deliver out of your hand? 8(O) Your hands fashioned and made me,
   and now you have destroyed me altogether. 9Remember that you have made me like(P) clay;
   and will you return me to the(Q) dust? 10Did you not pour me out like milk
   and curdle me like cheese? 11You clothed me with skin and flesh,
   and knit me together with bones and sinews. 12You have granted me life and steadfast love,
   and your care has preserved my spirit. 13Yet these things you hid in your heart;
   I know that(R) this was your purpose. 14If I sin, you(S) watch me
   and do not(T) acquit me of my iniquity. 15(U) If I am guilty, woe to me!
   If I am(V) in the right, I cannot lift up my head,for I am filled with disgrace
   and(W) look on my affliction. 16And were my head lifted up,[a] you would hunt me like(X) a lion
   and again work(Y) wonders against me. 17You renew your(Z) witnesses against me
   and increase your vexation toward me;
   you(AA) bring fresh troops against me.

 18(AB) "Why did you bring me out from the womb?
   Would that I had died before any eye had seen me 19(AC) and were as though I had not been,
   carried from the womb to the grave. 20(AD) Are not my days few?
   (AE) Then cease, and leave me alone,(AF) that I may find a little cheer 21before I go—and(AG) I shall not return—
   to the land of(AH) darkness and(AI) deep shadow, 22the land of gloom like thick darkness,
   like deep shadow without any order,
   where light is as thick darkness."

Footnotes:Job 10:16 Hebrew lacks my head
Cross references:Job 10:1 : Job 7:16; 9:21; Num 11:15; 1 Kgs 19:4 Job 10:1 : Job 21:4; 23:2 Job 10:1 : Job 7:11 Job 10:2 : Job 9:29 Job 10:2 : Job 9:3 Job 10:3 : Job 13:9; Psalm 89:38 Job 10:3 : Job 14:15; Psalm 138:8; Isa 64:8 Job 10:3 : Job 9:24 Job 10:4 : John 8:15 Job 10:4 : 1 Sam 16:7 Job 10:5 : Job 36:26; Psalm 77:10; Psalm 90:4; 2 Pet 3:8 Job 10:6 : Job 14:16 Job 10:7 : Job 2:3, 9 Job 10:7 : Deut 32:39; Isa 43:13 Job 10:8 : Psalm 119:73 Job 10:9 : Job 4:17 Job 10:9 : Job 34:15; Gen 2:7; 3:19; Psalm 146:4; Eccles 12:7 Job 10:13 : Job 23:14; 27:11 Job 10:14 : Job 13:27; 33:11; Psalm 130:3 Job 10:14 : Job 9:28 Job 10:15 : Isa 3:11 Job 10:15 : Job 9:15 Job 10:15 : Psalm 25:18 Job 10:16 : Job 28:8; Hos 5:14; 13:7; Isa 38:13 Job 10:16 : Job 5:9 Job 10:17 : Job 16:8; Ruth 1:21 Job 10:17 : Job 19:12 Job 10:18 : Job 3:11; Job 3:3 Job 10:19 : Obad 16 Job 10:20 : Job 14:1 Job 10:20 : Job 7:16 Job 10:20 : Job 9:27; Psalm 39:13 Job 10:21 : Job 16:22; 2 Sam 12:23 Job 10:21 : Job 30:26; Psalm 88:12 Job 10:21 : Job 3:5


Second Reading: John 5:1-18


The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath

 1After this there was a(A) feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 2Now there is in Jerusalem by(B) the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic[a] called Bethesda,[b] which has five roofed colonnades. 3In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and(C) paralyzed.[c] 5One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" 7The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me." 8Jesus said to him, (D) "Get up, take up your bed, and walk." 9(E) And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

   

   (F) Now that day was the Sabbath. 10So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath, and(G) it is not lawful for you to take up your bed." 11But he answered them, "The man who healed me, that man said to me, 'Take up your bed, and walk.'" 12They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk'?" 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for(H) Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See, you are well!(I) Sin no more,(J) that nothing worse may happen to you." 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16And this was why the Jews(K) were persecuting Jesus,(L) because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I am working."

Jesus Is Equal with God

 18This was why the Jews(M) were seeking all the more to kill him,(N) because not only was he(O) breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God(P) his own Father,(Q) making himself equal with God.

Footnotes:John 5:2 Or Hebrew John 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethsaida John 5:3 Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had
Cross references:John 5:1 : John 6:4 John 5:2 : Neh 3:1, 32; 12:39 John 5:3 : Matt 12:10 John 5:8 : Matt 9:6, 7; Mark 2:9, 11, 12; Luke 5:24, 25 John 5:9 : John 5:8 John 5:9 : John 9:14 John 5:10 : Exodus 20:10; Neh 13:19; Jer 17:21, 22; John 7:23; 9:16; Matt 12:2; Mark 2:24; 3:4; Luke 6:2; 13:14 John 5:13 : John 6:15 John 5:14 : John 8:11 John 5:14 : Ezra 9:14 John 5:16 : John 15:20; Acts 9:4, 5 John 5:16 : John 7:23; 9:16 John 5:18 : John 7:1 John 5:18 : John 10:33 John 5:18 : John 5:16 John 5:18 : Rom 8:32 John 5:18 : Phil 2:6


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