February 16th, 2019

Philip Melanchthon (birth), Confessor

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

 1And Job answered and said,

 2No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

 3But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

 4I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

 5He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

 6The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.

 12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

 13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

 14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

 15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.

 16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.

 17He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.

 18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.

 19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.

 20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

 21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.

 22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.

 23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.

 24He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.

 25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Second Reading: John 5:30-47

 30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

 32There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

 33Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

 34But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

 35He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

 36But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

 37And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

 38And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

 39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

 41I receive not honour from men.

 42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

 43I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

 44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

 46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?


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