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February 14th, 2019

Valentine, Martyr

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Job 10:1-22

Job: I Would Plead with God

 1 “My soul loathes my life;
      I will give free course to my complaint,
      I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

 2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me;
      Show me why You contend with me.

 3 Does it seem good to You that You should oppress,
      That You should despise the work of Your hands,
      And smile on the counsel of the wicked?

 4 Do You have eyes of flesh?
      Or do You see as man sees?

 5 Are Your days like the days of a mortal man?
      Are Your years like the days of a mighty man,

 6 That You should seek for my iniquity
      And search out my sin,

 7 Although You know that I am not wicked,
      And there is no one who can deliver from Your hand?

 8 ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me,
      An intricate unity;
      Yet You would destroy me.

 9 Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay.
      And will You turn me into dust again?

 10 Did You not pour me out like milk,
      And curdle me like cheese,

 11 Clothe me with skin and flesh,
      And knit me together with bones and sinews?

 12 You have granted me life and favor,
      And Your care has preserved my spirit.

 13 ‘And these things You have hidden in Your heart;
      I know that this was with You:

 14 If I sin, then You mark me,
      And will not acquit me of my iniquity.

 15 If I am wicked, woe to me;
      Even if I am righteous, I cannot lift up my head.
      I am full of disgrace;
      See my misery!

 16 If my head is exalted,
      You hunt me like a fierce lion,
      And again You show Yourself awesome against me.

 17 You renew Your witnesses against me,
      And increase Your indignation toward me;
      Changes and war are ever with me.

 18 ‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb?
      Oh, that I had perished and no eye had seen me!

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

 20 Are not my days few?
      Cease! Leave me alone, that I may take a little comfort,

 21 Before I go to the place from which I shall not return,
      To the land of darkness and the shadow of death,

 22 A land as dark as darkness itself,
      As the shadow of death, without any order,
      Where even the light is like darkness.’”



New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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Second Reading · John 5:1-18

A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda

 1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,[a] having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.[b] 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” 11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” 12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” 15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Honor the Father and the Son

    16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him,[c] because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” 18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.


New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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