February 22nd, 2019

Friday of Septuagesima

First Reading: Job 17:1-16

Job Says He Has Become a Byword

    1"My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished,
         The (A)grave is ready for me.
    2"(B)Surely mockers are with me,
         And my eye gazes on their provocation.
    3"Lay down, now, a pledge (C)for me with Yourself;
         Who is there that will be my guarantor?
    4"For You have (D)kept their heart from understanding,
         Therefore You will not exalt them.
    5"He who (E)informs against friends for a share of the spoil,
         The (F)eyes of his children also will languish.
    6"But He has made me a (G)byword of the people,
         And I am one at whom men (H)spit.
    7"My eye has also grown (I)dim because of grief,
         And all my (J)members are as a shadow.
    8"The upright will be appalled at this,
         And the (K)innocent will stir up himself against the godless.
    9"Nevertheless (L)the righteous will hold to his way,
         And (M)he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.
    10"But come again all of you now,
         For I (N)do not find a wise man among you.
    11"My (O)days are past, my plans are torn apart,
         Even the wishes of my heart.
    12"They make night into day, saying,
         'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.
    13"If I look for (P)Sheol as my home,
         I make my bed in the darkness;
    14If I call to the (Q)pit, 'You are my father';
         To the (R)worm, 'my mother and my sister';
    15Where now is (S)my hope?
         And who regards my hope?
    16"Will it go down with me to Sheol?
         Shall we together (T)go down into the dust?"

Cross references:Job 17:1 : Ps 88:3, 4 Job 17:2 : Job 12:4; 17:6 Job 17:3 : Ps 119:122; Is 38:14 Job 17:4 : Job 12:20 Job 17:5 : Lev 19:13, 16 Job 17:5 : Job 11:20 Job 17:6 : Job 17:2 Job 17:6 : Job 30:10 Job 17:7 : Job 16:16 Job 17:7 : Job 16:8 Job 17:8 : Job 22:19 Job 17:9 : Prov 4:18 Job 17:9 : Job 22:30; 31:7 Job 17:10 : Job 12:2 Job 17:11 : Job 7:6 Job 17:13 : Job 3:13 Job 17:14 : Job 7:5; 13:28; 30:30 Job 17:14 : Job 21:26; 25:6 Job 17:15 : Job 7:6 Job 17:16 : Job 3:17; 21:33

Second Reading: John 7:14-31

 14But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to (A)teach.

 15(B)The Jews then were astonished, saying, "How has this man (C)become learned, having never been educated?"

 16So Jesus answered them and said, "(D)My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.

 17"(E)If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.

 18"He who speaks from himself (F)seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

 19"(G)Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you (H)seek to kill Me?"

 20The crowd answered, "(I)You have a demon! Who seeks to kill You?"

 21Jesus answered them, "I did (J)one deed, and you all marvel.

 22"For this reason (K)Moses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from (L)the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man.

 23"(M)If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses will not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?

 24"Do not (N)judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

 25So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Is this not the man whom they are seeking to kill?

 26"Look, He is speaking publicly, and they are saying nothing to Him. (O)The rulers do not really know that this is the Christ, do they?

 27"However, (P)we know where this man is from; but whenever the Christ may come, no one knows where He is from."

 28Then Jesus cried out in the temple, (Q)teaching and saying, "(R)You both know Me and know where I am from; and (S)I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know.

 29"(T)I know Him, because (U)I am from Him, and (V)He sent Me."

 30So they (W)were seeking to seize Him; and no man laid his hand on Him, because His (X)hour had not yet come.

 31But (Y)many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, "(Z)When the Christ comes, He will not perform more (AA)signs than those which this man has, will He?"

Cross references:John 7:14 : Matt 26:55; John 7:28 John 7:15 : John 1:19; 7:11, 13, 35 John 7:15 : Acts 26:24 John 7:16 : John 3:11 John 7:17 : Ps 25:9, 14; Prov 3:32; Dan 12:10; John 3:21; 8:43 John 7:18 : John 5:41; 8:50, 54; 12:43 John 7:19 : John 1:17 John 7:19 : Mark 11:18; John 7:1 John 7:20 : Matt 11:18; John 8:48, 52; 10:20 John 7:21 : John 5:2-9, 16; 7:23 John 7:22 : Lev 12:3 John 7:22 : Gen 17:10-ff; 21:4; Acts 7:8 John 7:23 : Matt 12:2; John 5:9, 10 John 7:24 : Lev 19:15; Is 11:3; Zech 7:9; John 8:15 John 7:26 : Luke 23:13; John 3:1 John 7:27 : John 6:42; 7:41; 9:29 John 7:28 : John 7:14 John 7:28 : John 6:42; 7:14; 9:29 John 7:28 : John 8:42 John 7:29 : Matt 11:27; John 8:55; 17:25 John 7:29 : John 6:46 John 7:29 : John 3:17 John 7:30 : Matt 21:46; John 7:32, 44; 10:39 John 7:30 : John 7:6; 8:20 John 7:31 : John 2:23; 8:30; 10:42; 11:45; 12:11, 42 John 7:31 : John 7:26 John 7:31 : John 2:11


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