February 21st, 2019

Thursday of Septuagesima


First Reading: Job 16:1-22


Job Says Friends Are Sorry Comforters

 1Then Job answered,
    2"I have heard many such things;
         (A)Sorry comforters are you all.
    3"Is there no limit to (B)windy words?
         Or what plagues you that you answer?
    4"I too could speak like you,
         If I were in your place.
         I could compose words against you
         And (C)shake my head at you.
    5"I could strengthen you with my mouth,
         And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

Job Says God Shattered Him

    6"If I speak, (D)my pain is not lessened,
         And if I hold back, what has left me?
    7"But now He has (E)exhausted me;
         You have laid (F)waste all my company.
    8"You have shriveled me up,
         (G)It has become a witness;
         And my (H)leanness rises up against me,
         It testifies to my face.
    9"His anger has (I)torn me and hunted me down,
         He has (J)gnashed at me with His teeth;
         My (K)adversary glares at me.
    10"They have (L)gaped at me with their mouth,
         They have (M)slapped me on the cheek with contempt;
         They have (N)massed themselves against me.
    11"God hands me over to ruffians
         And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.
    12"I was at ease, but (O)He shattered me,
         And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces;
         He has also set me up as His (P)target.
    13"His (Q)arrows surround me
         Without mercy He splits my kidneys open;
         He pours out (R)my gall on the ground.
    14"He (S)breaks through me with breach after breach;
         He (T)runs at me like a warrior.
    15"I have sewed (U)sackcloth over my skin
         And (V)thrust my horn in the dust.
    16"My face is flushed from (W)weeping,
         (X)And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
    17Although there is no (Y)violence in my hands,
         And (Z)my prayer is pure.
    18"O earth, do not cover my blood,
         And let there be no resting place for my cry.
    19"Even now, behold, (AA)my witness is in heaven,
         And my advocate is (AB)on high.
    20"My friends are my scoffers;
         (AC)My eye weeps to God.
    21"O that a man might plead with God
         As a man with his neighbor!
    22"For when a few years are past,
         I shall go the way (AD)of no return.

Cross references:Job 16:2 : Job 13:4; 21:34 Job 16:3 : Job 6:26 Job 16:4 : Ps 22:7; 109:25; Zeph 2:15; Matt 27:39 Job 16:6 : Job 9:27, 28 Job 16:7 : Job 7:3 Job 16:7 : Job 16:20; 19:13-15 Job 16:8 : Job 10:17 Job 16:8 : Job 19:20; Ps 109:24 Job 16:9 : Job 19:11; Hos 6:1 Job 16:9 : Ps 35:16; Lam 2:16; Acts 7:54 Job 16:9 : Job 13:24; 33:10 Job 16:10 : Ps 22:13 Job 16:10 : Is 50:6; Lam 3:30; Acts 23:2 Job 16:10 : Job 30:12; Ps 35:15 Job 16:12 : Job 9:17 Job 16:12 : Job 7:20; Lam 3:12 Job 16:13 : Job 6:4; 19:12; 25:3 Job 16:13 : Job 20:25 Job 16:14 : Job 9:17 Job 16:14 : Joel 2:7 Job 16:15 : Gen 37:34; Ps 69:11 Job 16:15 : Ps 7:5 Job 16:16 : Job 16:20 Job 16:16 : Job 24:17 Job 16:17 : Is 59:6; Jon 3:8 Job 16:17 : Job 27:4 Job 16:19 : Gen 31:50; Job 19:25-27; Rom 1:9; Phil 1:8; 1 Thess 2:5 Job 16:19 : Job 31:2 Job 16:20 : Job 17:7 Job 16:22 : Job 3:13


Second Reading: John 7:1-13


Jesus Teaches at the Feast

 1After these things Jesus (A)was walking in Galilee, for He was unwilling to walk in Judea because (B)the Jews (C)were seeking to kill Him.

 2Now the feast of the Jews, (D)the Feast of Booths, was near.

 3Therefore His (E)brothers said to Him, "Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your (F)disciples also may see Your works which You are doing.

 4"For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world."

 5For not even His (G)brothers were believing in Him.

 6So Jesus said to them, "(H)My time is not yet here, but your time is always opportune.

 7"(I)The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that (J)its deeds are evil.

 8"Go up to the feast yourselves; I do not go up to this feast because (K)My time has not yet fully come."

 9Having said these things to them, He stayed in Galilee.

 10But when His (L)brothers had gone up to the feast, then He Himself also went up, not publicly, but as if, in secret.

 11(M)So the Jews (N)were seeking Him at the feast and were saying, "Where is He?"

 12There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; (O)some were saying, "He is a good man"; others were saying, "No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray."

 13Yet no one was speaking openly of Him for (P)fear of the Jews.

Cross references:John 7:1 : John 4:3; 6:1; 11:54 John 7:1 : John 1:19; 7:11, 13, 15, 35 John 7:1 : John 5:18; 7:19; 8:37, 40; 11:53 John 7:2 : Lev 23:34; Deut 16:13, 16; Zech 14:16-19 John 7:3 : Matt 12:46; Mark 3:21; John 7:5, 10 John 7:3 : John 6:60 John 7:5 : Matt 12:46; Mark 3:21; John 7:3, 10 John 7:6 : Matt 26:18; John 2:4; 7:8, 30 John 7:7 : John 15:18 John 7:7 : John 3:19 John 7:8 : John 7:6 John 7:10 : Matt 12:46; Mark 3:21; John 7:3, 5 John 7:11 : John 7:13, 15, 35 John 7:11 : John 11:56 John 7:12 : John 7:40-43 John 7:13 : John 9:22; 12:42; 19:38; 20:19


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