February 23rd, 2019

Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor and Martyr

First Reading: Job 18:1-21

 1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

 2How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

 3Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

 4He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

 5Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

 6The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.

 7The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.

 8For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.

 9The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.

 10The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.

 11Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.

 12His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.

 13It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

 14His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.

 15It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

 16His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.

 17His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.

 18He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.

 19He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.

 20They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.

 21Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

Second Reading: John 7:32-53

 32The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.

 33Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.

 34Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

 35Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

 36What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

 37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

 39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

 40Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.

 41Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

 42Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

 43So there was a division among the people because of him.

 44And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.

 45Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

 46The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

 47Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?

 48Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

 49But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.

 50Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)

 51Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he doeth?

 52They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

 53And every man went unto his own house.


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