February 22nd, 2019

Friday of Septuagesima

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Job 17:1-16

Job Prays for Relief

 1 “My spirit is broken,
      My days are extinguished,
      The grave is ready for me.

 2 Are not mockers with me?
      And does not my eye dwell on their provocation?

 3 “Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself.
      Who is he who will shake hands with me?

 4 For You have hidden their heart from understanding;
      Therefore You will not exalt them.

 5 He who speaks flattery to his friends,
      Even the eyes of his children will fail.

 6 “But He has made me a byword of the people,
      And I have become one in whose face men spit.

 7 My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow,
      And all my members are like shadows.

 8 Upright men are astonished at this,
      And the innocent stirs himself up against the hypocrite.

 9 Yet the righteous will hold to his way,
      And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

 10 “But please, come back again, all of you,[a]
      For I shall not find one wise man among you.

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

 12 They change the night into day;
      ‘The light is near,’ they say, in the face of darkness.

 13 If I wait for the grave as my house,
      If I make my bed in the darkness,

 14 If I say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’
      And to the worm, ‘You are my mother and my sister,’

 15 Where then is my hope?
      As for my hope, who can see it?

 16 Will they go down to the gates of Sheol?
      Shall we have rest together in the dust?”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · John 7:14-31

14 Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. 15 And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?” 16 Jesus[a] answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. 18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. 19 Did not Moses give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?” 20 The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who is seeking to kill You?” 21 Jesus answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. 22 Moses therefore gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. 23 If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath, so that the law of Moses should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a man completely well on the Sabbath? 24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

Could This Be the Christ?
    25 Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not He whom they seek to kill? 26 But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly[b] the Christ? 27 However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from.” 28 Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. 29 But[c] I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.” 30 Therefore they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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