February 20th, 2019

Wednesday of Septuagesima

First Reading: Job 15:1-23; Job 15:30-35

 1Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,

 2Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

 3Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

 4Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God.

 5For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.

 6Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.

 7Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

 8Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

 9What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us?

 10With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father.

 11Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

 12Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,

 13That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

 14What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

 15Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

 16How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

 17I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

 18Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it:

 19Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them.

 20The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

 21A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

 22He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

 23He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.

 30He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

 31Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.

 32It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

 33He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.

 34For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

 35They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

Second Reading: John 6:60-71

 60Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

 61When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

 62What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

 63It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 64But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

 65And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

 66From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

 67Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

 68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

 69And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

 70Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

 71He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.


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