February 23rd, 2019

Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor and Martyr


First Reading: Job 18:1-21


Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

 1Then(A) Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
 2"How long will you(B) hunt for words?
   Consider, and then we will speak. 3Why are we counted as(C) cattle?
   Why are we stupid in your sight? 4You who(D) tear yourself in your anger,
   shall the earth be forsaken for you,
   or(E) the rock be removed out of its place?

 5"Indeed,(F) the light of the wicked is put out,
   and the flame of his fire does not shine. 6The light is(G) dark in his tent,
   and his lamp above him is put out. 7His strong steps are shortened,
   and his(H) own schemes throw him down. 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
   and he walks on its mesh. 9(I) A trap seizes him by the heel;
   a snare lays hold of him. 10A rope is hidden for him in the ground,
   a trap for him in the path. 11(J) Terrors frighten him on every side,
   and chase him at his heels. 12His strength is famished,
   and calamity is(K) ready for his stumbling. 13It consumes the parts of his skin;
   (L) the firstborn of death consumes his limbs. 14He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
   and is brought to(M) the king of terrors. 15In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
   (N) sulfur is scattered over his habitation. 16His(O) roots dry up beneath,
   and his branches(P) wither above. 17His(Q) memory perishes from the earth,
   and he has no name in the street. 18(R) He is thrust from light into darkness,
   and driven out of the world. 19He has no(S) posterity or progeny among his people,
   and no survivor where he used to live. 20They of the west are appalled at his(T) day,
   and(U) horror seizes them of the east. 21Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
   such is the place of him who(V) knows not God."

Cross references:Job 18:1 : Job 2:11; 8:1 Job 18:2 : Matt 22:15; Mark 12:13; Luke 20:20 Job 18:3 : Psalm 73:22 Job 18:4 : Job 16:9 Job 18:4 : Job 14:18 Job 18:5 : Job 21:17; Prov 13:9; 20:20; 24:20; Psalm 18:28 Job 18:6 : Job 10:22 Job 18:7 : Job 5:13 Job 18:9 : Psalm 140:5 Job 18:11 : Job 15:21; 20:25; 27:20; 30:15; Jer 6:25; 46:5; 49:29 Job 18:12 : Psalm 38:17 Job 18:13 : Isa 14:30 Job 18:14 : Rev 9:11 Job 18:15 : Psalm 11:6; Ezek 38:22 Job 18:16 : Job 29:19; Hos 9:16 Job 18:16 : Job 14:2 Job 18:17 : Psalm 34:16; Prov 10:7; Psalm 109:13, 15 Job 18:18 : Job 10:21, 22 Job 18:19 : Isa 14:22 Job 18:20 : Psalm 37:13; Jer 50:27; Ezek 21:25, 29; Obad 12; 1 Sam 26:10 Job 18:20 : Job 21:6 Job 18:21 : Judg 2:10; Jer 9:3; 10:25; 1 Thess 4:8; 2 Thess 1:8


Second Reading: John 7:32-53


Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

 32The Pharisees heard the crowd(A) muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent(B) officers to arrest him. 33Jesus then said, (C) "I will be with you a little longer, and then(D) I am going to him who sent me. 34(E) You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come." 35The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him?(F) Does he intend to go to(G) the Dispersion among(H) the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36What does he mean by saying, (I) 'You will seek me and you will not find me,' and, 'Where I am you cannot come'?"

Rivers of Living Water

 37(J) On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, (K) "If anyone thirsts, let him(L) come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me,(M) as[a] the Scripture has said,(N) 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of(O) living water.'" 39Now(P) this he said about the Spirit,(Q) whom those who believed in him were to receive,(R) for as yet the Spirit had not been(S) given,(T) because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Division Among the People

 40When they heard these words,(U) some of the people said, "This really is(V) the Prophet." 41Others said, "This is(W) the Christ." But some said,(X) "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? 42Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes(Y) from the offspring of David, and comes(Z) from Bethlehem, the village(AA) where David was?" 43So there was(AB) a division among the people over him. 44(AC) Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

 45(AD) The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?" 46The officers answered,(AE) "No one ever spoke like this man!" 47The Pharisees answered them,(AF) "Have you also been deceived? 48(AG) Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? 49But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed." 50(AH) Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, 51(AI) "Does our law judge a man without first(AJ) giving him a hearing and learning what he does?" 52They replied,(AK) "Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that(AL) no prophet arises from Galilee."

[The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11.][b]

The Woman Caught in Adultery

 53[[They went each to his own house,

Footnotes:John 7:38 Or let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. As John 7:53 Some manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text
Cross references:John 7:32 : John 7:12 John 7:32 : John 7:45, 46 John 7:33 : John 12:35; 13:33; 14:19; 16:16-19 John 7:33 : John 16:5 John 7:34 : John 8:21; 13:33 John 7:35 : John 8:22 John 7:35 : James 1:1; 1 Pet 1:1; Isa 11:12; Zeph 3:10 John 7:35 : John 12:20 John 7:36 : John 7:34 John 7:37 : Lev 23:36; Num 29:35; Neh 8:18 John 7:37 : Isa 55:1; John 4:14 John 7:37 : John 6:35 John 7:38 : Isa 12:3; Ezek 47:1 John 7:38 : John 4:14; Prov 18:4 John 7:38 : John 4:10 John 7:39 : Isa 44:3; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:14 John 7:39 : Joel 2:28; Acts 2:16-18; John 1:33; 20:22; Luke 24:49 John 7:39 : Acts 2:4, 33 John 7:39 : John 3:34; Luke 11:13 John 7:39 : John 14:16, 17; 16:7 John 7:40 : John 7:31 John 7:40 : John 1:21; 6:14; Matt 21:11 John 7:41 : John 7:26 John 7:41 : John 7:52; John 1:46 John 7:42 : Psalm 89:3, 4; Matt 1:1 John 7:42 : Mic 5:2; Matt 2:1, 5; Luke 2:4 John 7:42 : 1 Sam 16:1 John 7:43 : John 9:16; 10:19; John 7:12 John 7:44 : John 7:30 John 7:45 : John 7:32 John 7:46 : Matt 7:29 John 7:47 : John 7:12 John 7:48 : 1 Cor 1:20, 26; 2:8; John 12:42 John 7:50 : John 3:1; 19:39 John 7:51 : Deut 17:6; 19:15; Acts 23:3 John 7:51 : Deut 1:16; Prov 18:13 John 7:52 : John 7:41 John 7:52 : 2 Kgs 14:25 with Josh 19:13


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