February 14th, 2019

Valentine, Martyr


First Reading: Job 10:1-22


 1My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

 2I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

 3Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

 4Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?

 5Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,

 6That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?

 7Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

 8Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

 9Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

 10Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?

 11Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

 12Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

 13And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.

 14If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

 15If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

 16For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

 17Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.

 18Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

 19I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

 20Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

 21Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

 22A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.



Second Reading: John 5:1-18


 1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

 3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

 4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

 5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

 6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

 7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

 8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

 9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

 10The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

 11He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

 12Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

 13And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

 14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

 15The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

 16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

 17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

 18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.



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