February 18th, 2019

Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor

First Reading: Job 13:13-28

 13Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

 14Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

 15Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

 16He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

 17Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

 18Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

 19Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

 20Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

 21Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

 22Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

 23How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

 24Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?

 25Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

 26For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

 27Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

 28And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

Second Reading: John 6:22-40

 22The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone;

 23(Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

 24When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.

 25And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

 26Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

 27Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

 28Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

 29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

 30They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

 31Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

 32Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

 33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

 34Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

 35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

 36But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

 37All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

 38For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

 39And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

 40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.


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