February 15th, 2019

Philemon and Onesimus


First Reading: Job 11:1-20


Zophar

 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

 2 "Are all these words to go unanswered?
       Is this talker to be vindicated?

 3 Will your idle talk reduce men to silence?
       Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

 4 You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless
       and I am pure in your sight.'

 5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak,
       that he would open his lips against you

 6 and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom,
       for true wisdom has two sides.
       Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.

 7 "Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
       Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

 8 They are higher than the heavens—what can you do?
       They are deeper than the depths of the grave [a] —what can you know?

 9 Their measure is longer than the earth
       and wider than the sea.

 10 "If he comes along and confines you in prison
       and convenes a court, who can oppose him?

 11 Surely he recognizes deceitful men;
       and when he sees evil, does he not take note?

 12 But a witless man can no more become wise
       than a wild donkey's colt can be born a man. [b]

 13 "Yet if you devote your heart to him
       and stretch out your hands to him,

 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand
       and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,

 15 then you will lift up your face without shame;
       you will stand firm and without fear.

 16 You will surely forget your trouble,
       recalling it only as waters gone by.

 17 Life will be brighter than noonday,
       and darkness will become like morning.

 18 You will be secure, because there is hope;
       you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

 19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,
       and many will court your favor.

 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
       and escape will elude them;
       their hope will become a dying gasp."

Footnotes:Job 11:8 Hebrew than Sheol Job 11:12 Or wild donkey can be born tame


Second Reading: John 5:19-29


 19Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. 21For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

 24"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

 28"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.



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