February 20th, 2019

Wednesday of Septuagesima

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

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

Eliphaz Accuses Job of Folly

 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

 2 “ Should a wise man answer with empty knowledge,
      And fill himself with the east wind?

 3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk,
      Or by speeches with which he can do no good?

 4 Yes, you cast off fear,
      And restrain prayer before God.

 5 For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
      And you choose the tongue of the crafty.

 6 Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
      Yes, your own lips testify against you.

 7 “Are you the first man who was born?
      Or were you made before the hills?

 8 Have you heard the counsel of God?
      Do you limit wisdom to yourself?

 9 What do you know that we do not know?
      What do you understand that is not in us?

 10 Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
      Much older than your father.

 11 Are the consolations of God too small for you,
      And the word spoken gently[a] with you?

 12 Why does your heart carry you away,
      And what do your eyes wink at,

 13 That you turn your spirit against God,
      And let such words go out of your mouth?

 14 “What is man, that he could be pure?
      And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous?

 15 If God puts no trust in His saints,
      And the heavens are not pure in His sight,

 16 How much less man, who is abominable and filthy,
      Who drinks iniquity like water!

 17 “I will tell you, hear me;
      What I have seen I will declare,

 18 What wise men have told,
      Not hiding anything received from their fathers,

 19 To whom alone the land was given,
      And no alien passed among them:

 20 The wicked man writhes with pain all his days,
      And the number of years is hidden from the oppressor.

 21 Dreadful sounds are in his ears;
      In prosperity the destroyer comes upon him.

 22 He does not believe that he will return from darkness,
      For a sword is waiting for him.

 23 He wanders about for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?
      He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · John 6:60-71

Many Disciples Turn Away

    60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”[a] 70 Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” 71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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