March 1st, 2019

Friday of Sexagesima

First Reading: Job 33:1-18

 1Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words.

 2Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.

 3My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

 4The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

 5If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.

 6Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay.

 7Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

 8Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

 9I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

 10Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,

 11He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths.

 12Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

 13Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

 14For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

 16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

 17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

 18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

Second Reading: John 10:22-42

 22And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

 23And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.

 24Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

 25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

 26But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

 30I and my Father are one.

 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

 32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

 34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

 35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

 36Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

 37If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

 38But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

 39Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

 40And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

 41And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

 42And many believed on him there.


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