February 16th, 2019

Philip Melanchthon (birth), Confessor


First Reading: Job 12:1-6; Job 12:12-25


Job Replies: The LORD Has Done This

 1Then Job answered and said:
 2"No doubt you are the people,
   and wisdom will die with you. 3But I have(A) understanding as well as you;
   I am not inferior to you.
   Who does not know(B) such things as these? 4I am(C) a laughingstock to my friends;
   I, who(D) called to God and he answered me,
   a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock. 5In the thought of one who is(E) at ease there is contempt for misfortune;
   it is ready for those whose feet slip. 6(F) The tents of robbers are at peace,
   and those who provoke God are secure,
   who bring their god in their hand.[a]

Footnotes:Job 12:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Cross references:Job 12:3 : Job 13:2; 15:9 Job 12:3 : Job 16:2 Job 12:4 : Job 16:10; 17:2, 6; 21:3; 30:1 Job 12:4 : Psalm 91:15 Job 12:5 : Job 3:18 Job 12:6 : Job 21:7




12Wisdom is with(A) the aged,
   and understanding in length of days.

 13(B) "With God[a] are wisdom and might;
   he has counsel and understanding. 14If he tears down, none can rebuild;
   if he(C) shuts a man in, none can open. 15If he(D) withholds the waters, they dry up;
   if he(E) sends them out, they overwhelm the land. 16With him are strength and(F) sound wisdom;
   the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leads(G) counselors away stripped,
   and(H) judges he makes fools. 18He(I) looses the bonds of kings
   and binds a waistcloth on their hips. 19He leads priests away stripped
   and overthrows the mighty. 20He deprives of speech those who are trusted
   (J) and takes away the discernment of the elders. 21He(K) pours contempt on princes
   and loosens the belt of the strong. 22He(L) uncovers the deeps out of darkness
   and brings(M) deep darkness to light. 23He(N) makes nations great, and he destroys them;
   he enlarges nations, and(O) leads them away. 24He takes away understanding from the chiefs of the people of the earth
   and(P) makes them wander in a pathless waste. 25They(Q) grope in the dark without light,
   and he makes them(R) stagger like a drunken man.

Footnotes:Job 12:13 Hebrew him
Cross references:Job 12:12 : Job 32:7; Psalm 119:100 Job 12:13 : Job 9:4; 36:5 Job 12:14 : Job 11:10; Isa 22:22; Rev 3:7 Job 12:15 : Deut 11:17; 1 Kgs 8:35; 17:1 Job 12:15 : Gen 7:11-24; Psalm 147:18; Amos 9:6 Job 12:16 : Job 5:12 Job 12:17 : 2 Sam 17:23 Job 12:17 : Job 9:24; Isa 40:23; Isa 29:14; 44:25; 1 Cor 1:19 Job 12:18 : Psalm 116:16 Job 12:20 : Job 32:9 Job 12:21 : Psalm 107:40 Job 12:22 : Dan 2:22; 1 Cor 4:5 Job 12:22 : Job 3:5 Job 12:23 : Isa 9:3; 26:15 Job 12:23 : 2 Kgs 18:11 Job 12:24 : Psalm 107:40; Job 6:18 Job 12:25 : Job 5:14 Job 12:25 : Psalm 107:27; Isa 19:14


Second Reading: John 5:30-47


Witnesses to Jesus

 30(A) "I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and(B) my judgment is just, because(C) I seek not my own will(D) but the will of him who sent me. 31(E) If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true. 32There is(F) another who bears witness about me, and(G) I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33(H) You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34Not that(I) the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was a burning and(J) shining lamp, and(K) you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But(L) the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For(M) the works that the Father has given me(N) to accomplish, the very works that I am doing,(O) bear witness about me that(P) the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me(Q) has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard,(R) his form you have never seen, 38and(S) you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39(T) You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and(U) it is they that bear witness about me, 40yet(V) you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41(W) I do not receive glory from people. 42But(X) I know that you do not have(Y) the love of God within you. 43I have come(Z) in my Father’s name, and(AA) you do not receive me.(AB) If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and(AC) do not seek the glory that comes from(AD) the only God? 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses,(AE) on whom you have set your hope. 46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for(AF) he wrote of me. 47But(AG) if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

Cross references:John 5:30 : John 5:19; John 8:28; 14:10 John 5:30 : John 8:16 John 5:30 : John 4:34; 6:38; John 7:18; Rom 15:3 John 5:30 : Matt 26:39 John 5:31 : John 8:13, 14, 18, 54; 18:21 John 5:32 : John 5:37 John 5:32 : John 7:28, 29 John 5:33 : John 1:7, 19 John 5:34 : 1 John 5:9 John 5:35 : 2 Pet 1:19 John 5:35 : Matt 13:20; 21:26 John 5:36 : John 5:34 John 5:36 : John 10:25, 38; 14:11; 15:24; John 2:23; Matt 11:4 John 5:36 : John 4:34 John 5:36 : John 3:2 John 5:36 : John 3:17 John 5:37 : John 8:18; Matt 3:17 John 5:37 : John 1:18 John 5:38 : 1 John 2:14; 4:13, 14; 5:10 John 5:39 : Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 3:15 John 5:39 : Luke 24:27 John 5:40 : John 5:43; John 3:19; 7:17; Matt 23:37; Luke 13:34 John 5:41 : John 5:34; Matt 6:1, 2; 1 Thess 2:6 John 5:42 : John 2:24, 25 John 5:42 : Luke 11:42; Jude 21 John 5:43 : John 10:25; 12:13; 17:12 John 5:43 : John 1:11; 3:11, 32 John 5:43 : Matt 24:5 John 5:44 : Rom 2:29 John 5:44 : John 17:3 John 5:45 : John 9:28, 29; Rom 2:17 John 5:46 : John 5:47; Num 21:9; Deut 18:15; Luke 24:27; John 12:41 John 5:47 : Luke 16:31


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