March 1st, 2019

Friday of Sexagesima


First Reading: Job 33:1-18


Elihu Contradicts Job

 1 “But please, Job, hear my speech,
      And listen to all my words.

 2 Now, I open my mouth;
      My tongue speaks in my mouth.

 3 My words come from my upright heart;
      My lips utter pure knowledge.

 4 The Spirit of God has made me,
      And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

 5 If you can answer me,
      Set your words in order before me;
      Take your stand.

 6 Truly I am as your spokesman[a] before God;
      I also have been formed out of clay.

 7 Surely no fear of me will terrify you,
      Nor will my hand be heavy on you.

 8 “Surely you have spoken in my hearing,
      And I have heard the sound of your words, saying,

 9 ‘I am pure, without transgression;
      I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.

 10 Yet He finds occasions against me,
      He counts me as His enemy;

 11 He puts my feet in the stocks,
      He watches all my paths.’

 12 “Look, in this you are not righteous.
      I will answer you,
      For God is greater than man.

 13 Why do you contend with Him?
      For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.

 14 For God may speak in one way, or in another,
      Yet man does not perceive it.

 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
      When deep sleep falls upon men,
      While slumbering on their beds,

 16 Then He opens the ears of men,
      And seals their instruction.

 17 In order to turn man from his deed,
      And conceal pride from man,

 18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
      And his life from perishing by the sword.

Footnotes:Job 33:6 Literally as your mouth


Second Reading: John 10:22-42


The Shepherd Knows His Sheep

    22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you.[a] 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”

Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

    31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” 33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?[b] 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[c] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” 39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.

The Believers Beyond Jordan

    40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. 41 Then many came to Him and said, “John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.” 42 And many believed in Him there.

Footnotes:John 10:26 NU-Text omits as I said to you. John 10:34 Psalm 82:6 John 10:38 NU-Text reads understand.


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