Thursday, September 3, 2020
St. John the Forerunner,
St. Job the Righteous
 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
but a faithful man who can find?
 A righteous man who walks in his integrity —
blessed are his sons after him!
 A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean;
I am pure from my sin”?
 Diverse weights and diverse measures
are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
whether what he does is pure and right.
 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the LORD has made them both.
 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
 “It is bad, it is bad,” says the buyer;
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
 There is gold, and abundance of costly stones;
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
 Take a man’s garment when he has given surety for a stranger,
and hold him in pledge when he gives surety for foreigners.
 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
 Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
 He who goes about gossiping reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with one who speaks foolishly.
 If one curses his father or his mother,
his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
 An inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning
will in the end not be blessed.
 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the LORD, and he will help you.
 And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
 And he called the name of the first Jemi’mah; and the name of the second Kezi’ah; and the name of the third Ker’en-hap’puch.
 And in all the land there were no women so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.
 And after this Job lived a hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, four generations.
 And Job died, an old man, and full of days.
 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
 The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
 Let him sit alone in silence
when he has laid it on him;
 let him put his mouth in the dust —
there may yet be hope;
 let him give his cheek to the smiter,
and be filled with insults.
 For the Lord will not
cast off for ever,
 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
 for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve the sons of men.
 To crush under foot
all the prisoners of the earth,
 to turn aside the right of a man
in the presence of the Most High,
 to subvert a man in his cause,
the Lord does not approve.
 Who has commanded and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has ordained it?
 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and evil come?
 Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
 Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the LORD!
 Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
 “We have transgressed and rebelled,
and thou hast not forgiven.
 “Thou hast wrapped thyself with anger and pursued us,
slaying without pity;
 thou hast wrapped thyself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
 Thou hast made us offscouring and refuse
among the peoples.
 “All our enemies
rail against us;
 panic and pitfall have come upon us,
devastation and destruction;
 my eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people.
 “My eyes will flow without ceasing,
 until the LORD from heaven
looks down and sees;
 my eyes cause me grief
at the fate of all the maidens of my city.
 “I have been hunted like a bird
by those who were my enemies without cause;
 they flung me alive into the pit
and cast stones on me;
 water closed over my head;
I said, `I am lost.’
 “I called on thy name, O LORD,
from the depths of the pit;
 thou didst hear my plea, `Do not close
thine ear to my cry for help!’
 And as John was finishing his course, he said, `What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’
 “Brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you that fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation.
 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets which are read every sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning him.
 Though they could charge him with nothing deserving death, yet they asked Pilate to have him killed.
 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a tomb.
 But God raised him from the dead;
 and for many days he appeared to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm, `Thou art my Son,
today I have begotten thee.’
 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain.
 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
 Do not grumble, brethren, against one another, that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the doors.
 As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
 Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.”
 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero’di-as, his brother Philip’s wife;
 because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
 But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Hero’di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”
 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
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