February 28th, 2019

Thursday of Sexagesima


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


 1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

 2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

 3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

 4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

 5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

 6Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.

 7If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;

 8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

 9If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;

 10Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.

 11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

 12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.





 33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

 34Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?

 35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

 36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.

 37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

 38If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

 39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

 40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.



Second Reading: John 9:24-41


 24Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

 25He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

 26Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

 27He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

 28Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

 29We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

 30The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

 31Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

 32Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

 33If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

 34They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

 35Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

 36He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

 37And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

 38And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

 39And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

 40And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

 41Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.



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