First Reading: Job 11:1-20
Zophar Urges Job to Repent
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “ Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be vindicated?
3 Should your empty talk make men hold their peace?
And when you mock, should no one rebuke you?
4 For you have said,
‘My doctrine is
And I am clean in your eyes.’
5 But oh, that God would speak,
And open His lips against you,
6 That He would show you the secrets of wisdom!
For they would
Know therefore that God exacts from you Less
than your iniquity deserves.
7 “Can you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
8 They are
higher than heaven— what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol— what can you know?
9 Their measure is
longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.
10 “If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
Then who can hinder Him?
11 For He knows deceitful men;
He sees wickedness also.
Will He not then consider it?
12 For an empty-headed man will be wise,
When a wild donkey’s colt is born a man.
13 “If you would prepare your heart,
And stretch out your hands toward Him;
14 If iniquity were
in your hand, and you
put it far away,
And would not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15 Then surely you could lift up your face without spot;
Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear;
16 Because you would forget your
And remember it
as waters that have
17 And your
life would be brighter than noonday. Though
you were dark, you would be like the morning.
18 And you would be secure, because there is hope;
Yes, you would dig around you, and
take your rest in safety.
19 You would also lie down, and no one would make you
many would court your favor.
20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
And they shall not escape,
And their hope—loss of life!”
Second Reading: John 5:19-29
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Life and Judgment Are Through the Son
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.