February 21st, 2019

Thursday of Septuagesima


First Reading: Job 16:1-22


 1Then Job answered and said,

 2I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

 3Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

 4I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.

 5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

 6Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

 7But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

 8And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

 9He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

 10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

 11God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

 12I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

 13His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

 14He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

 15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.

 16My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

 17Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.

 18O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.

 19Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

 20My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

 21O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

 22When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.



Second Reading: John 7:1-13


 1After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

 2Now the Jew's feast of tabernacles was at hand.

 3His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.

 4For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world.

 5For neither did his brethren believe in him.

 6Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

 7The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

 8Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come.

 9When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

 10But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.

 11Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he?

 12And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

 13Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews.



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