February 23rd, 2019

Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor and Martyr


First Reading: Job 18:1-21


Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

 1Then Bildad the Shuhite responded,
    2"How long will you hunt for words?
         Show understanding and then we can talk.
    3"Why are we (A)regarded as beasts,
         As stupid in your eyes?
    4"O you who tear yourself in your anger--
         For your sake is the earth to be abandoned,
         Or the rock to be moved from its place?
    5"Indeed, the (B)light of the wicked goes out,
         And the flame of his fire gives no light.
    6"The light in his tent is (C)darkened,
         And his lamp goes out above him.
    7"His vigorous stride is shortened,
         And his (D)own scheme brings him down.
    8"For he is (E)thrown into the net by his own feet,
         And he steps on the webbing.
    9"A snare seizes him by the heel,
         And a trap snaps shut on him.
    10"A noose for him is hidden in the ground,
         And a trap for him on the path.
    11"All around (F)terrors frighten him,
         And (G)harry him at every step.
    12"His strength is (H)famished,
         And calamity is ready at his side.
    13"His skin is devoured by disease,
         The firstborn of death (I)devours his limbs.
    14"He is (J)torn from the security of his tent,
         And they march him before the king of (K)terrors.
    15"There dwells in his tent nothing of his;
         (L)Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
    16"His (M)roots are dried below,
         And his (N)branch is cut off above.
    17"(O)Memory of him perishes from the earth,
         And he has no name abroad.
    18"He is driven from light (P)into darkness,
         And (Q)chased from the inhabited world.
    19"He has no (R)offspring or posterity among his people,
         Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
    20"Those in the west are appalled at (S)his fate,
         And those in the east are seized with horror.
    21"Surely such are the (T)dwellings of the wicked,
         And this is the place of him who does not know God."

Cross references:Job 18:3 : Ps 73:22 Job 18:5 : Job 21:17; Prov 13:9; 20:20; 24:20 Job 18:6 : Job 12:25 Job 18:7 : Job 15:6 Job 18:8 : Job 22:10; Ps 9:15; 35:8; Is 24:17, 18 Job 18:11 : Job 15:21 Job 18:11 : Job 18:18; 20:8 Job 18:12 : Is 8:21 Job 18:13 : Zech 14:12 Job 18:14 : Job 8:22; 18:6 Job 18:14 : Job 15:21 Job 18:15 : Ps 11:6 Job 18:16 : Is 5:24; Hos 9:16; Amos 2:9; Mal 4:1 Job 18:16 : Job 15:30, 32 Job 18:17 : Job 24:20; Ps 34:16; Prov 10:7 Job 18:18 : Job 5:14; Is 8:22 Job 18:18 : Job 20:8; 27:21-23 Job 18:19 : Job 27:14, 15; Is 14:22 Job 18:20 : Ps 37:13; Jer 50:27; Obad 12 Job 18:21 : Job 21:28


Second Reading: John 7:32-53


 32The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent (A)officers to (B)seize Him.

 33Therefore Jesus said, "(C)For a little while longer I am with you, then (D)I go to Him who sent Me.

 34"(E)You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come."

 35(F)The Jews then said to one another, "(G)Where does this man intend to go that we will not find Him? He is not intending to go to (H)the Dispersion among (I)the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, is He?

 36"What is this statement that He said, '(J)You will seek Me, and will not find Me; and where I am, you cannot come'?"

 37Now on (K)the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "(L)If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

 38"He who believes in Me, (M)as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of (N)living water.'"

 39But this He spoke (O)of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for (P)the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet (Q)glorified.

Division of People over Jesus
 40Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, "This certainly is (R)the Prophet."

 41Others were saying, "This is the Christ." Still others were saying, "(S)Surely the Christ is not going to come from Galilee, is He?

 42"Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from (T)the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

 43So (U)a division occurred in the crowd because of Him.

 44(V)Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him.

 45The (W)officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why did you not bring Him?"

 46The (X)officers answered, "(Y)Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks."

 47The Pharisees then answered them, "(Z)You have not also been led astray, have you?

 48"(AA)No one of (AB)the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has he?

 49"But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed."

 50(AC)Nicodemus (he who came to Him before, being one of them) said to them,

 51"(AD)Our Law does not judge a man unless it first hears from him and knows what he is doing, does it?"

 52They answered him, "(AE)You are not also from Galilee, are you? Search, and see that no prophet arises out of Galilee."

 53[[a]Everyone went to his home.

Footnotes:John 7:53 Later mss add the story of the adulterous woman, numbering it as John 7:53-8:11
Cross references:John 7:32 : Matt 26:58; John 7:45 John 7:32 : Matt 12:14 John 7:33 : John 12:35; 13:33; 14:19; 16:16-19 John 7:33 : John 14:12, 28; 16:5, 10, 17, 28; 20:17 John 7:34 : John 7:36; 8:21; 13:33 John 7:35 : John 7:1 John 7:35 : John 8:22 John 7:35 : Ps 147:2; Is 11:12; 56:8; Zeph 3:10; James 1:1; 1 Pet 1:1 John 7:35 : John 12:20; Acts 14:1; 17:4; 18:4; Rom 1:16 John 7:36 : John 7:34; 8:21; 13:33 John 7:37 : Lev 23:36; Num 29:35; Neh 8:18 John 7:37 : John 4:10, 14; 6:35 John 7:38 : Is 44:3; 55:1; 58:11 John 7:38 : John 4:10 John 7:39 : Joel 2:28; John 1:33 John 7:39 : John 20:22; Acts 1:4; 2:4, 33; 19:2 John 7:39 : John 12:16, 23; 13:31; 16:14; 17:1 John 7:40 : Matt 21:11; John 1:21 John 7:41 : John 1:46; 7:52 John 7:42 : Ps 89:4; Mic 5:2; Matt 1:1; 2:5; Luke 2:4-ff John 7:43 : John 9:16; 10:19 John 7:44 : John 7:30 John 7:45 : John 7:32 John 7:46 : John 7:32 John 7:46 : Matt 7:28 John 7:47 : John 7:12 John 7:48 : John 12:42 John 7:48 : Luke 23:13; John 7:26 John 7:50 : John 3:1; 19:39 John 7:51 : Ex 23:1; Deut 17:6; 19:15; Prov 18:13; Acts 23:3 John 7:52 : John 1:46; 7:41


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