March 4th, 2019

Monday of Quinquagesima


First Reading: Job 36:1-21


 1Elihu also proceeded, and said,

 2Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.

 3I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

 4For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

 5Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

 6He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.

 7He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.

 8And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;

 9Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.

 10He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.

 11If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

 12But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.

 13But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.

 14They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.

 15He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.

 16Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.

 17But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.

 18Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.

 19Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.

 20Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

 21Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.



Second Reading: John 11:38-57


 38Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

 39Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

 40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

 41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

 42And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

 43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

 44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

 45Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

 46But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

 47Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

 48If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

 49And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,

 50Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

 51And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

 52And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

 53Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

 54Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

 55And the Jews' passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

 56Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?

 57Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.



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