1:1, 2:1-10 and Psalm 26
There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That
man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned
away from evil.
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
One day the heavenly beings came to present themselves before
the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself
before the LORD.
The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?"
Satan answered the LORD, "From going to and fro on the
earth, and from walking up and down on it."
The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant
Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and
upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still
persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him,
to destroy him for no reason."
Then Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! All that
people have they will give to save their lives.
But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh,
and he will curse you to your face."
The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, he is in your power;
only spare his life."
So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and inflicted
loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of
Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among
Then his wife said to him, "Do you still persist in your
integrity? Curse God, and die."
But he said to her, "You speak as any foolish woman would
speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not
receive the bad?" In all this Job did not sin with his
Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I
have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in
faithfulness to you.
I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with
I hate the company of evildoers, and will not sit with the
I wash my hands in innocence, and go around your altar, O LORD,
singing aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all your
O LORD, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where
your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with the
those in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are
full of bribes.
But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be
gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground; in the great congregation I will
bless the LORD.
Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by
but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he
appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the
He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of
God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful
word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the
right hand of the Majesty on high,
having become as much superior to angels as the name he has
inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are
speaking, to angels.
But someone has testified somewhere, "What are human beings
that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for
You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you
have crowned them with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under their feet." Now in subjecting
all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As
it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them,
but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than
the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the
suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste
death for everyone.
It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things
exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the
pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have
one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them
brothers and sisters,
saying, "I will proclaim your name to my brothers and
sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise
Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, "Is it
lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"
He answered them, "What did Moses command you?"
They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of
dismissal and to divorce her."
But Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart
he wrote this commandment for you.
But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and
'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be
joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two,
but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together, let no one
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this
He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries
another commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits
People were bringing little children to him in order that he
might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.
But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them,
"Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for
it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as
a little child will never enter it."
And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and