Scripture Readings

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Job 38:1-23; 42:1-5 (Vespers, 2nd reading)

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Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
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“Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?
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Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
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“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
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Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
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To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
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When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
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“Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb;
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When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;
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When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors;
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When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’
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“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know its place,
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That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?
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It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands out like a garment.
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From the wicked their light is withheld, And the upraised arm is broken.
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“Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?
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Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
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Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
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“Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,
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That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths to its home?
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Do you know it, because you were born then, Or because the number of your days is great?
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“Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
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Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the day of battle and war?
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Then Job answered the Lord and said:
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“I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
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You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
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Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’
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“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.