March 1st, 2019

Friday of Sexagesima

First Reading: Job 33:1-18

Elihu Claims to Speak for God

    1"However now, Job, please (A)hear my speech,
         And listen to all my words.
    2"Behold now, I open my mouth,
         My tongue in my mouth speaks.
    3"My words are from the uprightness of my heart,
         And my lips speak (B)knowledge sincerely.
    4"The (C)Spirit of God has made me,
         And the (D)breath of the Almighty gives me life.
    5"(E)Refute me if you can;
         Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
    6"Behold, I belong to God like you;
         I too have been formed out of the (F)clay.
    7"Behold, (G)no fear of me should terrify you,
         Nor should my pressure weigh heavily on you.
    8"Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
         And I have heard the sound of your words:
    9'I am (H)pure, (I)without transgression;
         I am innocent and there (J)is no guilt in me.
    10'Behold, He invents pretexts against me;
         He (K)counts me as His enemy.
    11'He (L)puts my feet in the stocks;
         He watches all my paths.'
    12"Behold, let me tell you, (M)you are not right in this,
         For God is greater than man.
    13"Why do you (N)complain against Him
         That He does not give an account of all His doings?
    14"Indeed (O)God speaks once,
         Or twice, yet no one notices it.
    15"In a (P)dream, a vision of the night,
         When sound sleep falls on men,
         While they slumber in their beds,
    16Then (Q)He opens the ears of men,
         And seals their instruction,
    17That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
         And keep man from pride;
    18He (R)keeps back his soul from the pit,
         And his life from passing over (S)into Sheol.

Cross references:Job 33:1 : Job 13:6 Job 33:3 : Job 6:28; 27:4; 36:4 Job 33:4 : Gen 2:7; Job 10:3; 32:8 Job 33:4 : Job 27:3 Job 33:5 : Job 33:32 Job 33:6 : Job 4:19 Job 33:7 : Job 13:21 Job 33:9 : Job 9:21; 10:7; 13:18; 16:17 Job 33:9 : Job 7:21; 13:23; 14:17 Job 33:9 : Job 10:14 Job 33:10 : Job 13:24 Job 33:11 : Job 13:27 Job 33:12 : Eccl 7:20 Job 33:13 : Job 40:2; Is 45:9 Job 33:14 : Job 33:29; 40:5; Ps 62:11 Job 33:15 : Job 4:12-17; 33:15-18 Job 33:16 : Job 36:10, 15 Job 33:18 : Job 33:22, 24, 28, 30 Job 33:18 : Job 15:22

Second Reading: John 10:22-42

Jesus Asserts His Deity

 22At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem;

 23it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of (A)Solomon.

 24(B)The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us (C)plainly."

 25Jesus answered them, "(D)I told you, and you do not believe; (E)the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me.

 26"But you do not believe because (F)you are not of My sheep.

 27"My sheep (G)hear My voice, and (H)I know them, and they follow Me;

 28and I give (I)eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and (J)no one will snatch them out of My hand.

 29"[a]My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

 30"(K)I and the Father are one."

 31The Jews (L)picked up stones again to stone Him.

 32Jesus answered them, "I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?"

 33The Jews answered Him, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for (M)blasphemy; and because You, being a man, (N)make Yourself out to be God."

 34Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in (O)your (P)Law, '(Q)I SAID, YOU ARE GODS'?

 35"If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

 36do you say of Him, whom the Father (R)sanctified and (S)sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, '(T)I am the Son of God'?

 37"(U)If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;

 38but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe (V)the works, so that you may know and understand that (W)the Father is in Me, and I in the Father."

 39Therefore (X)they were seeking again to seize Him, and (Y)He eluded their grasp.

 40And He went away (Z)again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there.

 41Many came to Him and were saying, "While John performed no (AA)sign, yet (AB)everything John said about this man was true."

 42(AC)Many believed in Him there.

Footnotes:John 10:29 One early ms reads What My Father has given Me is greater than all
Cross references:John 10:23 : Acts 3:11; 5:12 John 10:24 : John 1:19; 10:31, 33 John 10:24 : Luke 22:67; John 16:25 John 10:25 : John 8:56, 58 John 10:25 : John 5:36; 10:38 John 10:26 : John 8:47 John 10:27 : John 10:4, 16 John 10:27 : John 10:14 John 10:28 : John 17:2; 1 John 2:25; 5:11 John 10:28 : John 6:37, 39 John 10:30 : John 17:21-ff John 10:31 : John 8:59 John 10:33 : Lev 24:16 John 10:33 : John 5:18 John 10:34 : John 8:17 John 10:34 : John 12:34; 15:25; Rom 3:19; 1 Cor 14:21 John 10:34 : Ps 82:6 John 10:36 : Jer 1:5; John 6:69 John 10:36 : John 3:17 John 10:36 : John 5:17; 10:30 John 10:37 : John 10:25; 15:24 John 10:38 : John 10:25; 14:11 John 10:38 : John 14:10, 20; 17:21, 23 John 10:39 : John 7:30 John 10:39 : Luke 4:30; John 8:59 John 10:40 : John 1:28 John 10:41 : John 2:11 John 10:41 : John 1:27, 30, 34; 3:27-30 John 10:42 : John 7:31


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