February 14th, 2019

Valentine, Martyr


First Reading: Job 10:1-22


Job Despairs of God's Dealings

    1"(A)I loathe my own life;
         I will give full vent to (B)my complaint;
         I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
    2"I will say to God, '(C)Do not condemn me;
         Let me know why You contend with me.
    3'Is it right for You indeed to (D)oppress,
         To reject (E)the labor of Your hands,
         And to look favorably on (F)the schemes of the wicked?
    4'Have You eyes of flesh?
         Or do You (G)see as a man sees?
    5'Are Your days as the days of a mortal,
         Or (H)Your years as man's years,
    6That (I)You should seek for my guilt
         And search after my sin?
    7'According to Your knowledge (J)I am indeed not guilty,
         Yet there is (K)no deliverance from Your hand.
    8'(L)Your hands fashioned and made me altogether,
         (M)And would You destroy me?
    9'Remember now, that You have made me as (N)clay;
         And would You (O)turn me into dust again?
    10'Did You not pour me out like milk
         And curdle me like cheese;
    11Clothe me with skin and flesh,
         And knit me together with bones and sinews?
    12'You have (P)granted me life and lovingkindness;
         And Your care has preserved my spirit.
    13'Yet (Q)these things You have concealed in Your heart;
         I know that this is within You:
    14If I sin, then You would (R)take note of me,
         And (S)would not acquit me of my guilt.
    15'If (T)I am wicked, woe to me!
         And (U)if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head.
         I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
    16'Should my head be lifted up, (V)You would hunt me like a lion;
         And again You would show Your (W)power against me.
    17'You renew (X)Your witnesses against me
         And increase Your anger toward me;
         (Y)Hardship after hardship is with me.
    18'(Z)Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
         Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
    19'I should have been as though I had not been,
         Carried from womb to tomb.'
    20"Would He not let (AA)my few days alone?
         (AB)Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer
    21Before I go--(AC)and I shall not return--
         (AD)To the land of darkness and (AE)deep shadow,
    22The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
         Of deep shadow without order,
         And which shines as the darkness."

Cross references:Job 10:1 : Job 7:16 Job 10:1 : Job 7:11 Job 10:2 : Job 9:29 Job 10:3 : Job 9:22-24; 16:11; 19:6; 27:2 Job 10:3 : Job 10:8; 14:15; Ps 138:8; Is 64:8 Job 10:3 : Job 21:16; 22:18 Job 10:4 : 1 Sam 16:7; Job 28:24; 34:21 Job 10:5 : Job 36:26 Job 10:6 : Job 14:16 Job 10:7 : Job 9:21; 13:18 Job 10:7 : Job 9:12; 23:13; 27:22 Job 10:8 : Job 10:3; Ps 119:73 Job 10:8 : Job 9:22 Job 10:9 : Job 4:19; 33:6 Job 10:9 : Job 7:21 Job 10:12 : Job 33:4 Job 10:13 : Job 23:13 Job 10:14 : Job 7:20 Job 10:14 : Job 7:21; 9:28 Job 10:15 : Job 10:7; Is 3:11 Job 10:15 : Job 6:29 Job 10:16 : Is 38:13; Lam 3:10; Hos 13:7 Job 10:16 : Job 5:9 Job 10:17 : Ruth 1:21; Job 16:8 Job 10:17 : Job 7:1 Job 10:18 : Job 3:11-13 Job 10:20 : Job 14:1 Job 10:20 : Job 7:16, 19 Job 10:21 : 2 Sam 12:23; Job 3:13-19; 16:22 Job 10:21 : Ps 88:12 Job 10:21 : Job 10:22; 34:22; 38:17; Ps 23:4


Second Reading: John 5:1-18


The Healing at Bethesda

 1After these things 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, which is called (C)in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes.

 3In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [[a]waiting for the moving of the waters;

 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]

 5A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?"

 7The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when (D)the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me."

 8Jesus said to him, "(E)Get up, pick up your pallet and walk."

 9Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. (F)Now it was the Sabbath on that day.

 10So (G)the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, "It is the Sabbath, and (H)it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet."

 11But he answered them, "He who made me well was the one who said to me, 'Pick up your pallet and walk.'"

 12They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Pick up your pallet and walk'?"

 13But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place.

 14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "Behold, you have become well; do not (I)sin anymore, (J)so that nothing worse happens to you."

 15The man went away, and told (K)the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

 16For this reason (L)the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.

 17But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working."

Jesus' Equality with God

 18For this reason therefore (M)the Jews (N)were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, (O)making Himself equal with God.

Footnotes:John 5:3 Early mss do not contain the remainder of v 3, nor v 4
Cross references:John 5:1 : Deut 16:1; John 2:13 John 5:2 : Neh 3:1, 32; 12:39 John 5:2 : John 19:13, 17, 20; 20:16; Acts 21:40; Rev 9:11; 16:16 John 5:7 : John 5:4 John 5:8 : Matt 9:6; Mark 2:11; Luke 5:24 John 5:9 : John 9:14 John 5:10 : John 1:19; 5:15, 16, 18 John 5:10 : Neh 13:19; Jer 17:21; Matt 12:2; Luke 6:2; John 7:23; 9:16 John 5:14 : Mark 2:5; John 8:11 John 5:14 : Ezra 9:14 John 5:15 : John 1:19; 5:16, 18 John 5:16 : John 1:19; 5:10, 15, 18 John 5:18 : John 1:19; 5:15, 16 John 5:18 : John 5:16; 7:1 John 5:18 : John 10:33; 19:7


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