February 21st, 2019

Thursday of Septuagesima


First Reading: Job 16:1-22


Job Reproaches His Pitiless Friends

 1 Then Job answered and said:

 2 “I have heard many such things;
      Miserable comforters are you all!

 3 Shall words of wind have an end?
      Or what provokes you that you answer?

 4 I also could speak as you do,
      If your soul were in my soul’s place.
      I could heap up words against you,
      And shake my head at you;

 5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth,
      And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.

 6 “ Though I speak, my grief is not relieved;
      And if I remain silent, how am I eased?

 7 But now He has worn me out;
      You have made desolate all my company.

 8 You have shriveled me up,
      And it is a witness against me;
      My leanness rises up against me
      And bears witness to my face.

 9 He tears me in His wrath, and hates me;
      He gnashes at me with His teeth;
      My adversary sharpens His gaze on me.

 10 They gape at me with their mouth,
      They strike me reproachfully on the cheek,
      They gather together against me.

 11 God has delivered me to the ungodly,
      And turned me over to the hands of the wicked.

 12 I was at ease, but He has shattered me;
      He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces;
      He has set me up for His target,

 13 His archers surround me.
      He pierces my heart[a] and does not pity;
      He pours out my gall on the ground.

 14 He breaks me with wound upon wound;
      He runs at me like a warrior.[b]

 15 “I have sewn sackcloth over my skin,
      And laid my head[c] in the dust.

 16 My face is flushed from weeping,
      And on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

 17 Although no violence is in my hands,
      And my prayer is pure.

 18 “O earth, do not cover my blood,
      And let my cry have no resting place!

 19 Surely even now my witness is in heaven,
      And my evidence is on high.

 20 My friends scorn me;
      My eyes pour out tears to God.

 21 Oh, that one might plead for a man with God,
      As a man pleads for his neighbor!

 22 For when a few years are finished,
      I shall go the way of no return.

Footnotes:Job 16:13 Literally kidneys Job 16:14 Vulgate reads giant. Job 16:15 Literally horn


Second Reading: John 7:1-13


Jesus’ Brothers Disbelieve

 1 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews[a] sought to kill Him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him. 6 Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet[b] going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

The Heavenly Scholar

    10 But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought Him at the feast, and said, “Where is He?” 12 And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” 13 However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews.

Footnotes:John 7:1 That is, the ruling authorities John 7:8 NU-Text omits yet.


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