February 28th, 2019

Thursday of Sexagesima

First Reading: Job 31:1-12; Job 31:33-40

Job’s Final Appeal

 1"I have made a covenant with my(A) eyes;
   how then could I gaze at a virgin? 2What would be(B) my portion from God above
   and my heritage from the Almighty on high? 3Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
   and disaster for the workers of iniquity? 4(C) Does not he see my ways
   and(D) number all my steps?

 5"If I have walked with falsehood
   and my foot has hastened to deceit; 6(Let me be(E) weighed in a just balance,
   and let God know my integrity!) 7if my step has turned aside from the way
   and(F) my heart has gone after my eyes,
   and if any(G) spot has stuck to my hands, 8then let me(H) sow, and another eat,
   and let what grows for me[a] be rooted out.

 9"If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
   and I have(I) lain in wait at my neighbor’s door, 10then let my wife(J) grind for another,
   and let others(K) bow down on her. 11For that would be a heinous crime;
   that would be an iniquity(L) to be punished by the judges; 12for that would be a fire(M) that consumes as far as Abaddon,
   and it would burn to the root all my increase.

Footnotes:Job 31:8 Or let my descendants
Cross references:Job 31:1 : Isa 33:15; Matt 5:28 Job 31:2 : Job 20:29 Job 31:4 : Job 14:16; 34:21; 2 Chr 16:9; Prov 5:21; 15:3; Jer 16:17; 32:19; Zech 4:10 Job 31:4 : Job 14:16 Job 31:6 : Dan 5:27 Job 31:7 : Num 15:39; Eccles 11:9 Job 31:7 : Job 11:15 Job 31:8 : Lev 26:16; Deut 28:30, 38; John 4:37 Job 31:9 : Job 24:15 Job 31:10 : Exodus 11:5; Isa 47:2 Job 31:10 : 2 Sam 12:11; Jer 8:10 Job 31:11 : Job 31:28; Lev 20:10; Deut 22:22 Job 31:12 : Prov 6:27-29

33if I(A) have concealed my transgressions(B) as others do[a]
   by hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34because I stood in great fear of(C) the multitude,
   and the contempt of families terrified me,
   so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors— 35Oh, that I had one to hear me!
   (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty(D) answer me!)
   Oh, that I had(E) the indictment written by my adversary! 36Surely I would carry it on my(F) shoulder;
   I would(G) bind it on me as(H) a crown; 37I would give him an account of all my steps;
   like a prince I would approach him.

 38"If my land has cried out against me
   and its furrows have wept together, 39(I) if I have eaten its yield without payment
   and made its owners(J) breathe their last, 40let(K) thorns grow instead of wheat,
   and foul weeds instead of barley."


   The words of Job are ended.

Footnotes:Job 31:33 Or as Adam did
Cross references:Job 31:33 : Prov 28:13 Job 31:33 : Gen 3:8, 12 Job 31:34 : Exodus 23:2 Job 31:35 : Job 13:22 Job 31:35 : Job 19:23 Job 31:36 : Isa 9:6; 22:22 Job 31:36 : Prov 6:21 Job 31:36 : Zech 6:11 Job 31:39 : Job 22:6-9; Luke 10:7; 2 Tim 2:6; James 5:4 Job 31:39 : 1 Kgs 21:16, 19 Job 31:40 : Gen 3:18

Second Reading: John 9:24-41

 24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him,(A) "Give glory to God. We know that(B) this man is a sinner." 25He answered, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I(C) was blind, now I see." 26They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27He answered them,(D) "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" 28And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but(E) we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man,(F) we do not know where he comes from." 30The man answered, "Why, this is(G) an amazing thing!(H) You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that(I) God does not listen to sinners, but(J) if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33(K) If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34They answered him,(L) "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they(M) cast him out.

 35Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, "Do you believe in(N) the Son of Man?"[a] 36He answered,(O) "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" 37Jesus said to him, "You have seen him, and(P) it is he who is speaking to you." 38He said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, (Q) "For judgment I came into this world,(R) that those who do not see may see, and(S) those who see may become blind." 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him,(T) "Are we also blind?" 41Jesus said to them, "If you were blind,(U) you would have no guilt;[b] but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains.

Footnotes:John 9:35 Some manuscripts the Son of God John 9:41 Greek you would not have sin
Cross references:John 9:24 : Josh 7:19; Jer 13:16; 1 Sam 6:5; Isa 42:12; Acts 12:23 John 9:24 : John 9:16 John 9:25 : John 9:18, 24 John 9:27 : John 9:15 John 9:28 : John 5:45 John 9:29 : John 8:14 John 9:30 : John 12:37 John 9:30 : John 3:10 John 9:31 : Job 27:9; Psalm 66:18; Prov 28:9 John 9:31 : Psalm 34:15, 16; 145:19; Prov 15:20; James 5:16 John 9:33 : John 9:16; John 1:21; 3:2 John 9:34 : John 9:2 John 9:34 : John 9:22 John 9:35 : John 10:36 John 9:36 : Rom 10:14 John 9:37 : John 4:26 John 9:39 : John 5:22 John 9:39 : Matt 11:25; Luke 4:18 John 9:39 : Matt 9:13; 13:13; Mark 4:12; 2 Cor 2:16 John 9:40 : Rom 2:19 John 9:41 : John 15:22, 24; John 19:11; 1 John 1:8


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