Friday, March 19, 2021
Thirty-Third Day of Great Lent
 “At that time the LORD said to me, `Hew two tables of stone like the first, and come up to me on the mountain, and make an ark of wood.
 And I will write on the tables the words that were on the first tables which you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.’
 So I made an ark of acacia wood, and hewed two tables of stone like the first, and went up the mountain with the two tables in my hand.
 And he wrote on the tables, as at the first writing, the ten commandments which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly; and the LORD gave them to me.
 Then I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as the LORD commanded me.
 (The people of Israel journeyed from Be-er’oth Bene-ja’akan to Mose’rah. There Aaron died, and there he was buried; and his son Elea’zar ministered as priest in his stead.
 From there they journeyed to Gud’godah, and from Gud’godah to Jot’bathah, a land with brooks of water.
 At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to him and to bless in his name, to this day.
 Therefore Levi has no portion or inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, as the LORD your God said to him.)
 “I stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights, and the LORD hearkened to me that time also; the LORD was unwilling to destroy you.
 And the LORD said to me, `Arise, go on your journey at the head of the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.’
 “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I command you this day for your good?
 Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it;
 yet the LORD set his heart in love upon your fathers and chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as at this day.
 Then Job answered:
 “How long will you torment me,
and break me in pieces with words?
 These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
are you not ashamed to wrong me?
 And even if it be true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.
 If indeed you magnify yourselves against me,
and make my humiliation an argument against me,
 know then that God has put me in the wrong,
and closed his net about me.
 Behold, I cry out, `Violence!’ but I am not answered;
I call aloud, but there is no justice.
 He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
and he has set darkness upon my paths.
 He has stripped from me my glory,
and taken the crown from my head.
 He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
 He has kindled his wrath against me,
and counts me as his adversary.
 His troops come on together;
they have cast up siegeworks against me,
and encamp round about my tent.
 “He has put my brethren far from me,
and my acquaintances are wholly estranged from me.
 My kinsfolk and my close friends have failed me;
 the guests in my house have forgotten me;
my maidservants count me as a stranger;
I have become an alien in their eyes.
 I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
I must beseech him with my mouth.
 I am repulsive to my wife,
loathsome to the sons of my own mother.
 Even young children despise me;
when I rise they talk against me.
 All my intimate friends abhor me,
and those whom I loved have turned against me.
 My bones cleave to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
 Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
 Why do you, like God, pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
 “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
 Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were graven in the rock for ever!
 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at last he will stand upon the earth;
 and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then from my flesh I shall see God,
 whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
 If you say, `How we will pursue him!’
and, `The root of the matter is found in him’;
 be afraid of the sword,
for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.”
 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and ungird the loins of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
 “I will go before you
and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut asunder the bars of iron,
 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
 I am the LORD, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I gird you, though you do not know me,
 that men may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
 I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe,
I am the LORD, who do all these things.
 “Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth,
and let it cause righteousness to spring up also;
I the LORD have created it.
 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker,
an earthen vessel with the potter!
Does the clay say to him who fashions it, `What are you making’?
or `Your work has no handles’?
 Woe to him who says to a father, `What are you begetting?’
or to a woman, `With what are you in travail?’”
 Thus says the LORD,
the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
“Will you question me about my children,
or command me concerning the work of my hands?
 I made the earth,
and created man upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
 I have aroused him in righteousness,
and I will make straight all his ways;
he shall build my city
and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,”
says the LORD of hosts.
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