Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Psalm 16:1, 4–6, 9–11

1Preserve me, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

4The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.

5The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

9Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.

11You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Old Testament Reading Job 15:1–23, 30–35

1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

2“Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge,
and fill his belly with the east wind?
3Should he argue in unprofitable talk,
or in words with which he can do no good?
4But you are doing away with the fear of God
and hindering meditation before God.
5For your iniquity teaches your mouth,
and you choose the tongue of the crafty.
6Your own mouth condemns you, and not I;
your own lips testify against you.
7“Are you the first man who was born?
Or were you brought forth before the hills?
8Have you listened in the council of God?
And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
9What do you know that we do not know?
What do you understand that is not clear to us?
10Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us,
older than your father.
11Are the comforts of God too small for you,
or the word that deals gently with you?
12Why does your heart carry you away,
and why do your eyes flash,
13that you turn your spirit against God
and bring such words out of your mouth?
14What is man, that he can be pure?
Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
15Behold, God puts no trust in his holy ones,
and the heavens are not pure in his sight;
16how much less one who is abominable and corrupt,
a man who drinks injustice like water!
17“I will show you; hear me,
and what I have seen I will declare
18(what wise men have told,
without hiding it from their fathers,
19to whom alone the land was given,
and no stranger passed among them).
20The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,
through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
21Dreadful sounds are in his ears;
in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
22He does not believe that he will return out of darkness,
and he is marked for the sword.
23He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand; . . .

30he will not depart from darkness;
the flame will dry up his shoots,
and by the breath of his mouth he will depart.
31Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself,
for emptiness will be his payment.
32It will be paid in full before his time,
and his branch will not be green.
33He will shake off his unripe grape like the vine,
and cast off his blossom like the olive tree.
34For the company of the godless is barren,
and fire consumes the tents of bribery.
35They conceive trouble and give birth to evil,
and their womb prepares deceit.”

New Testament Reading John 6:60–71

60When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

66After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 70Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” 71He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray him.