February 16th, 2019

Philip Melanchthon (birth), Confessor

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


 1 Then Job replied:

 2 "Doubtless you are the people,
       and wisdom will die with you!

 3 But I have a mind as well as you;
       I am not inferior to you.
       Who does not know all these things?

 4 "I have become a laughingstock to my friends,
       though I called upon God and he answered—
       a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

 5 Men at ease have contempt for misfortune
       as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.

 6 The tents of marauders are undisturbed,
       and those who provoke God are secure—
       those who carry their god in their hands. [a]

Footnotes:Job 12:6 Or secure / in what God's hand brings them

 12 Is not wisdom found among the aged?
       Does not long life bring understanding?

 13 "To God belong wisdom and power;
       counsel and understanding are his.

 14 What he tears down cannot be rebuilt;
       the man he imprisons cannot be released.

 15 If he holds back the waters, there is drought;
       if he lets them loose, they devastate the land.

 16 To him belong strength and victory;
       both deceived and deceiver are his.

 17 He leads counselors away stripped
       and makes fools of judges.

 18 He takes off the shackles put on by kings
       and ties a loincloth [a] around their waist.

 19 He leads priests away stripped
       and overthrows men long established.

 20 He silences the lips of trusted advisers
       and takes away the discernment of elders.

 21 He pours contempt on nobles
       and disarms the mighty.

 22 He reveals the deep things of darkness
       and brings deep shadows into the light.

 23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;
       he enlarges nations, and disperses them.

 24 He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason;
       he sends them wandering through a trackless waste.

 25 They grope in darkness with no light;
       he makes them stagger like drunkards.

Footnotes:Job 12:18 Or shackles of kings / and ties a belt

Second Reading: John 5:30-47

30By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Testimonies About Jesus
 31"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. 32There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid.

 33"You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

 36"I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39You diligently study[a] the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

 41"I do not accept praise from men, 42but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God[b]?

 45"But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

Footnotes:John 5:39 Or Study diligently (the imperative) John 5:44 Some early manuscripts the Only One


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