March 2nd, 2019

Saturday of Sexagesima

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Job 33:19-34:9

 19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed,
      And with strong pain in many of his bones,

 20 So that his life abhors bread,
      And his soul succulent food.

 21 His flesh wastes away from sight,
      And his bones stick out which once were not seen.

 22 Yes, his soul draws near the Pit,
      And his life to the executioners.

 23 “If there is a messenger for him,
      A mediator, one among a thousand,
      To show man His uprightness,

 24 Then He is gracious to him, and says,
      ‘ Deliver him from going down to the Pit;
      I have found a ransom’;

 25 His flesh shall be young like a child’s,
      He shall return to the days of his youth.

 26 He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,
      He shall see His face with joy,
      For He restores to man His righteousness.

 27 Then he looks at men and says,
      ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right,
      And it did not profit me.’

 28 He will redeem his[a] soul from going down to the Pit,
      And his[b] life shall see the light.

 29 “ Behold, God works all these things,
      Twice, in fact, three times with a man,

 30 To bring back his soul from the Pit,
      That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

 31 “Give ear, Job, listen to me;
      Hold your peace, and I will speak.

 32 If you have anything to say, answer me;
      Speak, for I desire to justify you.

 33 If not, listen to me;
      Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.”

Elihu Proclaims God’s Justice
 1 Elihu further answered and said:

 2 “Hear my words, you wise men;
      Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.

 3 For the ear tests words
      As the palate tastes food.

 4 Let us choose justice for ourselves;
      Let us know among ourselves what is good.

 5 “For Job has said, ‘I am righteous,
      But God has taken away my justice;

 6 Should I lie concerning my right?
      My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’

 7 What man is like Job,
      Who drinks scorn like water,

 8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity,
      And walks with wicked men?

 9 For he has said, ‘It profits a man nothing
      That he should delight in God.’

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Second Reading · John 11:1-16

The Death of Lazarus

 1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” 12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” 16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.



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