February 22nd, 2019

Friday of Septuagesima

First Reading: Job 17:1-16

 1My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.

 2Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

 3Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?

 4For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

 5He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.

 6He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

 7Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.

 8Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.

 9The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

 10But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.

 11My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

 12They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

 13If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

 14I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.

 15And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?

 16They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

Second Reading: John 7:14-31

 14Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

 15And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

 16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

 17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

 19Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

 20The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

 21Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel.

 22Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

 23If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?

 24Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

 25Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

 26But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?

 27Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.

 28Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.

 29But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

 30Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.

 31And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?


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